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Preserving the Past, Hopefully for the Future

by Erin Pihlaja on December 5, 2013

After working closely with perservation experts, the Troy Public Library Board has decided to remove sections of the marble balustrades from the South and West top cornices of the 117-year-old building that houses the main branch of the city’s library system.

The sections have greatly deteriorated, though Director Paul Hicok said via prepared statement that they “are not in imminent danger of falling.” The pieces will be labeled and removed and stored on site until Hicok said they can find funding to either reinstall them or replicate them. He added that he did not believe that the changes to the building’s exterior would affect its current listing on the National Register of Historic Places.