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Renovations Continue at Beaulne Museum

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larger_beaulne.renovations.jpg--January 18, 2011.

Like other projects around the Eastern Townships, the deadline to complete the renovation work begun last year on the historic mansion known as Château Arthur Osmore Norton, which is home to Coaticook's Beaulne Museum, has been extended to the end of October 2011.

Originally, the federally-imposed deadline had been set at March 31, 2011, but like Stanstead's Pat Burns Arena and other projects being funded in the region through the Canada-Quebec Infrastructure program, that deadline has been pushed back to allow the project time to come to completion.

According to reports, the work now in progress at the museum should be wrapped up well before the new deadline. The extension will also give contractors some welcome breathing room to complete the project during the warmer months.
Under way for several months now, the renovations at the Beaulne Museum are budgeted at $361,655. This sum includes equal amounts of $120,552 being contributed by both the federal and provincial governments, and a like amount from the town of Coaticook, which owns the building.

Renovations include work on both the interior and the exterior of the historic Queen Ann style house. This includes repairs to the roof, balconies, windows, doors and stonework. On the interior, work is being carried out on a stairway to the basement and upstairs walls. In addition, a modern, up-to-code heating and air conditioning system is also being installed.

According to the Government of Quebec, when completed, the project will provide the town of Coaticook with "a cultural centre that is both renovated and up to code, allowing the Beaulne Museum to continue its activities; the work will also assure the museum's place within the cultural landscape of the Eastern Townships and the province, and will permit improved access to the museum for people of reduced mobility.