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Railroad grant to help in Providence Academy project

By , Columbian staff writer
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The Historic Trust received $15,000 to help rehabilitate Providence Academy in a grant from Union Pacific Railroad.

The funds, part of Union Pacific’s Community Ties Giving Program, will go toward repairing the historic structure’s north gallery porches and improving accessibility.

David Pearson, the Historic Trust’s CEO, said in a media release Friday that the fund “greatly advances important upcoming work.”

The company’s community grant program is geared toward increasing safety and workforce development in community spaces. Providence Academy was built in 1873 in Vancouver and placed in the National Register of Historic Places a century later.

The Historic Trust is steering a rehabilitation of the building, with renovations that include a new roof, a new heating and cooling system, and a restoration of the chapel. The full project is expected to cost about $15 million.

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