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Ottumwa Public Library Completes Dome Repairs

By Nick Davis, June 15, 2017

(Press Release) The Ottumwa Public Library Foundation was the proud recipient of a Bright Ideas Community Enrichment Fund Grant from the Ottumwa Legacy Foundation in the Fall of 2016.  The $17,297 grant was awarded to the Foundation as a match for repair and renovation of the dome on the roof of the library.

Though the money was awarded in November, 2016, work was delayed until warmer temperatures in May and is now completed.

“We are so grateful to the Legacy Foundation for providing a matching grant for this repair.  We are so happy to have the top of the dome restored with copper,” said Ottumwa Public Library Director Sonja Ferrell.

The repairs included replacing the broken glass at the top of the dome, stripping and replacing the frame that the glass lies in, and replacing the frame with a new copper one.

“This dome project repaired a critical part of our roof/dome and prevented further damages from occurring.  The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a large part of our history in downtown Ottumwa. By maintaining the infrastructure of the library we are serving all Ottumwans and are helping to preserve the history of our community for generations to come,” Ferrell said.

Renaissance Restoration Inc. of Galena, IL completed the work.

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