Old Manse Welcome Center Project

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Trustees Suspends Plan for New Welcome Center

The Trustees had proposed to build a Welcome Center on the foundations of an 18th-century barn, built to the same scale, which stood on the property between 1774 and 1924. The Welcome Center was intended to support indoor tours, interactive programs, exhibits, events, and provide much needed visitor amenities, and would have included interpretive display areas, programming and workshop space, visitor restrooms, an expanded bookshop with grab-and-go snacks, staff work areas, and storage areas.

Project Updates

December 2017
The Trustees Announces that it will suspend its plan to rebuild 18th century barn as a new Welcome Center for Old Manse in Concord.

July 2017
The Trustees presented a project overview to the Town of Concord at the July 17th Select Board meeting. We shared information about the need for a Welcome Center, our anticipated review and permitting process, as well as our hopeful schedule for design.

June 2017
The Trustees held the first of three public sessions on June 20th at TriCon Church in Concord. We announced the design team of Battle Associates, Brown Richards and Rowe Landscape Architects and Exhibition Designers ObjectIDEA. Historic Preservation Architect Rick Detwiller and Historic Preservation Landscape Architect Lauren Meier gave presentations on the findings of their research on The Old Manse and the historic 18th century barn that stood on the property from 1770 to the early 20th century. Lauren Meier’s Cultural Landscape Report as well as Rick Detwiller’s Contextual Barn Analysis are available for reading at The Old Manse.
Next steps: Armed with the research completed by our historic preservationists, our design team will proceed with a conceptual design for a Welcome Center at The Old Manse to meet the Secretary of the Interior Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, Rehabilitation. The conceptual design will be shared publicly at our second public session, set for Tuesday September 19th at 6:30PM at TriCon Church in Concord, where feedback will be requested..

June 2017
The Trustees Announces Local Preservation and Landscape Architects Hired for Design and Construction of Planned Welcome Center at the Old Manse in Concord

Project Documents

Request for Proposals
View the documents related to The Trustees request for proposals for the Old Manse Welcome Center Project.

Upcoming Dates

August 22 | 5PM
Office Hours with Guy Hermann, Trustees General Manager for Greater Concord
Location: The Old Manse

September 5 | 5PM
Office Hours with Guy Herman and Welcome Center architectural team
Location: The Old Manse

September 19 | 5PM
Office Hours with Guy Hermann
Location: The Old Manse

October 3 | 6PM
Public Presentation 2. Discussion of the preliminary conceptual design.
Location: TriCon church