- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - Work is underway to restore a centuries-old building in the northeastern Vermont town of St. Johnsbury.

The Caledonian Record (https://bit.ly/2ag4WdM ) reports that planned upgrades for the Pythian Block in St. Johnsbury include new awnings, doors and brick pointing. The monthlong project is expected to begin soon.

The three-level building opened in 1896 and originally housed the Knights of Pythias, a secret fraternal society. The building now has several tenants.

Owner Marc LaRose says he has stripped aluminum siding from the brick building’s first-floor facade to restore its original aesthetic.

LaRose says he has secured state tax credits to offset facade upgrades through the Vermont Designated Downtown Program. The program provides tax credits and technical assistance to encourage revitalization in state-designated downtowns.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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