The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum and the Town of Arlington applied to and received a grant of $65,000 from the Massachusetts Preservation Projects Fund (MPPF) and have begun a $130,000 exterior renovation of the Jefferson Cutter House this week. The MPPF grant program is administered through the Massachusetts Historical Commission and is designed to preserve historically significant buildings owned by non-profits and municipalities. It’s a competitive grant program and we are delighted to be undertaking this much needed work on the Jefferson Cutter House.
The scope of work includes a new roof and gutters as well as restoration of the windows, doors, exterior cladding and trim. Work will be completed by the end of June 2016. The museum has closed temporarily to provide access in the galleries for the restoration of the windows. When the windows are reinstalled and the art moved back into place, we will reopen. Though a date is not yet known, we will do so as soon as possible. While the museum is closed we will also undertake improvements to the galleries.
Stay tuned over the coming months for updates on this very important project.
Arlington’s Cultural Heights: 1900-1925
By Doreen Stevens, Aimee Taberner, and Sarah Burks
The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum and the Arlington Historical Society are proud to announce the completion of a joint research project and the publication of a new local history volume, Arlington’s Cultural Heights: 1900-1925. Beginning in the 1870s, two distinctive residential neighborhoods developed in the western end of Arlington. These new suburban enclaves, Arlington Heights and Crescent Hill, were marketed as commuter-friendly, with the railroad and later streetcars providing frequent access to Boston. This book describes the original goals of the founders of the two developments and features biographies of over 40 men and women, including Cyrus and Vittoria Dallin, who lived and worked there between 1900 and 1925. It is the story of Arlington’s “Cultural Heights,” a creative, middle-class community shaped by an influential assortment of reformers, educators, writers, artists, craftsmen, musicians, actors, playwrights, and architects.
The book’s co-authors, Doreen Stevens, Aimee Taberner, and Sarah Burks represent the Arlington Historical Society and the Cyrus Dallin Art Museum. The project was funded in part by a grant from the Arlington Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The publication was designed by Bill Coale of Coalescence.
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