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Quidneckschool focus of historic commission

May 5, 2014

COVENTRY— The Coventry Historic District Commission is continuing to focus on the Mapledale School House in Anthony with hopes of fixing up the historic building, which is currently owned by the town.
This building, which was built in 1844, used to act as a one room schoolhouse for the neighborhood.
Following its closure, the Coventry Fire Alarm Maintenance Department took over the building and constructed numerous add-ons, including garage doors.
The structure is in desperate need of a roof because trees have grown around the building and branches have severely damaged the roof, causing water to leak inside.
Town Manager Tom Hoover said the town currently owns the building, which was purchased prior to him becoming manager.
“But it’s really no use to us right now,” he added. “The last thing we did was store sandbags in it and now it’s vacant.”
He said the historical society showed interest in restoring it because of its history, so he suggested they contact the historic district commission to analyze the property.
Chairman of the Historic District Commission Mark Gardner said the members met on April 25 to discuss the building and various ways they might be able to fund it.
“We have designated it as the number one endangered town-owned building in Coventry,” he said.
He said the group applied for a Champlin Foundation Grant last week, adding, “now we have to wait and see if it gets funded.”
The money used through the grant, if awarded, would be used to conduct a feasibility study.
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