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Athenaeum Community Hall is a 19th century Saxonville historical landmark. Built in the 1840’s, it has served the town well over its many years. During its storied past it had many uses, including hospital, jail, newspaper press room for The Saxonville Mirror, polling place and school. It was also used as a community hall for dances, lectures, plays, religious services, sporting events, veterans' meetings and wedding receptions.
Friends of Saxonville is actively working with the City of Framingham to restore the building and return it to active commercial and community use.
Over the subsequent years, Framingham’s Town Meeting expressed its desire for the building to be restored and returned to its intended use as a Community Hall for all of Framingham. Friends of Saxonville has strongly encouraged and supported this effort.
Finally, in 2014, the Town funded construction plans for a full restoration.
The new restored Athenaeum Community Hall would provide modern meeting spaces for small to large groups. An elevator and ADA compliant features would allow the building to be used by everyone. Energy saving features will be incorporated to keep operating costs as low as possible.
Friends of Saxonville has committed to support the cost of restoration by providing 10% of the total cost of the restoration, or $360,000. Your support can help us reach this goal. Please consider making a donation to the Athenaeum Restoration Fund.
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