Hancock Cemetery Recommended For $500,000 In Conservation Funds

Hancock Cemetery Restoration – (from left to right) architect Jim Edwards; building and monument conservator Ivan Myjer; the City’s selected gravestone conservator for Phase 1 of the cemetery restoration, Ta Mara Conde; and Paul Holtz of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, on the final walk through of the cemetery following completion of Phase 1.

Hancock Cemetery Restoration – (from left to right) architect Jim Edwards; building and monument conservator Ivan Myjer; the City’s selected gravestone conservator for Phase 1 of the cemetery restoration, Ta Mara Conde; and Paul Holtz of the Massachusetts Historical Commission, on the final walk through of the cemetery following completion of Phase 1.

The Hancock Cemetery, which began a complete restoration last year, recently received grant funding to complete the scope of work recommended in its 2012 Master Conservation Plan.

The work to be completed in this next phase of the conservation includes restoration of the historic iron fence along Hancock Street, replacing the chain link fence with a historically appropriate iron picket and granite pier fence, pruning selected trees that currently endanger burial sites, and replacing the asphalt pathways with concrete.

Money for this second phase of the project comes from a $190,000 grant award from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a recommendation for $310,000 from Quincy Community Preservation Act (CPA) funds. (The CPA funding recommendation is reviewed by the Mayor for inclusion in the City budget for fiscal year 2016. The City budget is assessed by the City Council in June, after which point the CPA grants and their dollar values can be confirmed.)

The first phase of the cemetery restoration was completed in August 2014. It consisted of treatment and resetting of more than 260 grave markers. For more information on the Hancock Cemetery conservation and restoration project contact Kara Chisholm, Assistant Planner, kchisholm@quincyma.gov or 617-376-1050, or see the Planning Department’s YouTube channel, Quincy PCD.

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