February 9, 2005
Housing Initiatives of New England Corporation
Portland, ME 04101
It gives me great pleasure to look at the beautiful restoration work done by Hascall and Hall at the former Augusta City Hall, now the Inn at City Hall. You and your talented craftsmen have added new life to a building that had suffered from lack of maintenance funds for an extended period of time. Thank you for not only doing a wonderful craftsman-like job, but also for being on budget and on time. Because of your fine work, we received the 2002 Maine Preservation of Statewide Historic Preservation Award for Excellence in Preservation Work.
As you know, historic buildings are an important part of our cultural fabric. The rope joints that had been destroyed by vandalism and deteriorated over time by wind, rain and acid from the atmosphere at the Cedar House, a former Catholic School, are now perfect again after your talented crews master crafted them on our beautiful stone foundation. The brick masonry walls above this stone foundation are now standing proud with cleaning and repainting.
The Milford Mill is not the example of ornate brick masonry, but it is another example of how Hascall and Hall has restored an important historic structure that was a simple industrial building but is truly important as part of the fabric of this wonderful historic community.
Please extend my gratitude to your wonderful masons. They are a pleasure to work with and the Hascall and Hall legacy will live on in these newly beautified edifices. I look forward to working with you and your craftsmen in the near future.
Cynthia J. Milliken Taylor