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Renovations at Ogdensburg’s Remington Museum will be finished this fall

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Renovations at the Frederic Remington Art Museum will be finished in the fall, well ahead of a schedule that accommodated a spring 2014 completion.

Museum Interim Executive Director and Curator Laura A. Foster said Monday that fundraising for the museum’s $4 million Centennial Campaign has generated enough money to all but pay for the $1.5 million restoration of the exterior of the Parish Mansion - the museum proper - at 303 Washington St.

“We’re way ahead of schedule,” she said, noting that $1,433,622 has been raised. “It’s fantastic news.”

Work includes replacing five stained glass windows and stripping an estimated 4,000 circa 1800 bricks of 29 layers of paint, asbestos, dirt and other sediments.

An estimated 1,000 of the bricks are deteriorated enough that they will need to be replaced and fortified with new mortar. The bricks will be painted red. The museum’s Centennial Campaign was launched in 2008, a fundraising strategy to address areas of need at the museum and its financial security.

In addition to the restoration of the exterior of the museum, the other focal points of the Centennial Campaign and their estimated costs are:

$1.8 million for the museum’s endowment to provide funds for new programs and to support the museum’s mission to promote Mr. Remington’s work and legacy; $1 million for spendable funding for curatorial, education, marketing, outreach activities and everyday work at the museum.

Ms. Foster said that, overall, she has been gratified at the level of the fundraising.

“It was a terrible time to begin the campaign because the economy went down,” she said.

The funds raised so far have been generated by foundations, donors, banks and individuals from numerous north country communities.

The contractor for the project is Continental Construction, Gouverneur.

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