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Tracy Memorial Hall in Norwich, Vermont was built with funds from the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in 1939. It has served as emergency shelter, school, recreation, and town office space at different times in its history. It was never substantially renovated, the systems were failing, and it did not meet handicapped access and current building codes.

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In 1989, the selectmen decided to modernize the 50 year old building to meet current standards. They needed to expand town offices to include a fireproof vault room for town records, to add meeting rooms, and to make it possible to use the gymnasium as a multi-use space for Town Meeting, special performances, exhibitions, dances, as well as recreational sports. They also required that the footprint of the building not be expanded or the exterior appearance substantially changed.

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Tracy Memorial Hall

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