Restoration Projects



2024

WWI MEMORIAL LIGHTING

Norfolk’s 1921 World War I Memorial will be given new recognition in 2024 with the permanent lighting of the historic structure using eco-friendly architecturally sensitive lighting design. Stay tuned for the date.

HAND-PAINTED SIGN

Norfolk’s iconic hand-painted directional sign will undergo a much-needed restoration. Skilled Norfolk artist, Madeline Falk, will use her expertise to bring it back to its original glory.

2023

ORNAMENTAL RAILING

During the summer of 2023, the 1905 Alfredo Taylor Ornamental Railing adjacent to the library underwent a complete restoration. Historic preservationist Karl Munson did the stonework while Joel Howard repainted the wooden railing.

Click Here to see Karl Munson at work. Click Here to see Joel working on the fence.

WORLD WAR I MEMORIAL RESTORATION

The completion of the total restoration of the 1921 Alfredo Taylor World War 1 memorial was a major NCA accomplishment in 2023. Historic preservationists, Francis Miller and Jacqueline Lewis, prepare the final stages of the restored bronze work.

2022

UPDATED PLAQUE

John Bailey was the only African American from Norfolk to serve in WWI and for unknown reasons, his name was omitted from the plaque honoring all veterans when the monument was erected in 1921. It was added in 2023 as part of the NCA’s restoration.

LAMP RESTORATION

The final phase of the 1889 Battell Fountain restoration was the relighting of the historic bronze lamps. Four magnificent accents to the original structure.

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Grand Opening Event: The completion of the fountain was celebrated at a town-wide event with over 100 people in attendance. Click Here to see the “Norfolk Now” article about the event.

FOUNTAIN RESTORATION

The Battell Fountain was 133 years old when the NCA completed its spectacular multi-year restoration. Commissioned by Isabella and Mary Eldridge, it is a Stanford White design with bronze work by Agustus Saint-Gaudens. It is considered a Norfolk treasure.

To see the restoration work in progress, Click the three links below for photos.

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2020

The Norfolk Library’s ‘backyard’ has been a magical place for children for decades. The NCA recognized that the toy train loved by Norfolk children and parents alike, needed attention. After a bit of carpentry work and a paint job, it was ready for passengers again. All aboard!