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EnviroVantage Helps Turn Pages at the Kennebunkport Graves Memorial Library

In 1813, the Kennebunk Bank built a red brick building on Main Street, Arundel, ME. Over time, it became the Customs House and then in 1894, the Kennebunkport Free Library was founded and moved into the second floor.

Following a major donation, the library was renamed after the Graves family. In 1974, the beautiful edifice was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

By 2005, the immense windows in the reading rooms had become a challenge to open and close. The poor insulating capabilities of single pane glass forced the Library to spend a great percentage of operating monies on heating. It was time to consider changes.

Librarian Mary-Lou Boucouvalas called EnviroVantage to entertain possibilities. Not only did the Library of Kennebunkport have to be satisfied that a change was needed and that expenses were consistent with the need, but the Historical Commission had to be convinced that the change from the original windows would not impact the character of the treasured building.

Many meetings and many hours later, all questions were answered, the design of the special windows was approved and by November, 2005 the Library was closed for five days. We removed the old, prepared the brick openings and installed the energy efficient windows. Staff painters finished the work.

The commissions were delighted with the results; visitors, both foreign and domestic, public and private were complimentary. In addition, the library budget has been positively impacted by lower heating costs.

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