In 1997 the building was listed for sale and demolition was considered. Alumni Louise (Booker) Goss then 87, concern for the future of the hall and desire to see it restored, inspired a group of alumni and towns people to form the non-profit and purchase the building.
The FOCH currently operates under a preservation easement and stewardship agreement with the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), and conducts all preservation and restoration work in a manner that maintains historical accuracy while increasing safety and access, always with an eye to the Hall’s significant features and its future potential use.
Many important restoration projects have been funded by the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP), New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the Fuller Foundation, The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation; provided by the Josephine A. Lamprey Fund, The VF Foundation.
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