Restoration and Energy Performance at Langlais
Are you curious about what is happening at the future Langlais Sculpture Preserve? The lovely and classic 19th century farmhouse that sites atop of a ledge outcrop had been home to Bernard and Helen for many years and was most recently the residence for Colby College’s curator, Hannah Blunt. Now, with no one in residence, the Kohler Foundation is taking the time to restore the homestead so that the structures are sturdy, safe and in character with Langlais. With the oversight of Maine Preservation, a statewide historic preservation organization, the farmhouse and attached barn are being renovated by Landmark Construction of Warren. With particular attention to detail, you may not even notice a difference had you been there visiting either Helen or Blackie.
In addition, changes are being made to make the house more energy efficient. Evergreen Home Performance is making improvements to the ceilings, basement and walls so that whatever heat is generated inside stays inside. The first phase includes making improvements to the attic and basement where most of energy loss takes place in older homes. The Land Trust will be looking to complete the second phase of the project, which include insulating more walls and treating the windows, as part of our Langlais stewardship campaign. The goal of the upgrades is to reduce the energy bill by at least 25 percent, while providing more comfort for those inside the house.