The Academy Building at The Woodstock Academy will be restored.

WOODSTOCK — The Woodstock Academy recently received a $1.58 million tax credit from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), as a tip of the hat to the academy’s efforts to restore, upgrade and repair the building.
The iconic Academy Building, the oldest structure on The Woodstock Academy’s campus, is nearly 150 years old and continues to be used as a classroom building. The Woodstock Academy has begun a multi-year project to restore, upgrade, and repair the Academy Building in order to both preserve its historic nature and revitalized the building for generations to come.
The Woodstock Academy is exploring all funding options to efficiently complete this project, including the recently approved tax credit from the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for $1.58 million or up to 25 percent of the total estimated costs of the project.
This funding is a part of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit available to eligible structures on the National or State Register of Historic Places. The Academy building is on the National Register of Historic Places.
“Any project on a historic structure comes with significant costs as the aim is to preserve the look and feel of the original structure while maintaining its functionality as a modern education facility,” said Christopher Sandford, head of school at The Woodstock Academy.
Phase one of the restoration focused on the iconic clocktower and spire will begin this summer with phase two scheduled to begin in 2022.
Jonathan Sturdevant, associate head of school for advancement, said: “This tax credit gives us a significant head start in our fund-raising. We are grateful for the partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office and Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development in helping us provide the best experience for our students grounded in our historic tradition.”
The Woodstock Academy is in the beginning phases of InSpire150, the campaign for the Academy Building, with the aim of securing additional funding for the revitalization project. Those wishing to contribute to the campaign should contact Sturdevant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (860) 928-6575 ext. 1211.


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