[FNCA History]

FNCA Construction & Improvements Dates

 

This is a chronology of when the various FNCA buildings were built and altered. Several for which exact dates are unknown are listed at the bottom of the page. A few of these that have been narrowed down to a range of just a few years are inserted in the chronology roughly where they go with notes indicating what is known. These are also included in the list of Unknowns at the bottom of the page.

NEW items added in recent months:
Item                                       Year:#        Posted   
Connected alarms to 911         2019:5         8/8
New ramp on Frank Hall           2019:4         8/8
Bunkhouse gets painted           2020:3         7/11
Flames' Graffitti painted over    2002:2         7/3
Taft Cabin repainted                 2002:3         7/3
Kitchen chimney re-pointed      2017:1         6/29
Goddard chimney re-pointed     2020:2        6/29
New driveway                          2020:1        6/29
Kitchen 2nd floor added           Unknown      3/12
Tool Shed "but not..." added     1931:2        3/12

 

1928
The FNCA purchases nearly 12 acres of property between  Rte 302 and the Saco River.
1929
© FNCA 2018 The Kitchen is built, a single floor.
1930
The current Dining Hall is added on to the northern end of the Kitchen. Referred to then as the "Assembly Room", the front end was used as the lecture hall and the back end as the dining hall.
1931 © FNCA 2018
1. The Goddard Cabin is built.
2. The Tool Shed is built (or perhaps in 1930) but not in its current location.
1936
The Faxon Cabin is built ($360).
1937
12 acres of land between the original parcel and the State Line is purchased, bringing the total up to 22 acres.
1938-1941
(sometime in there)
The Hinckley Cabin is built.
1939
The Bellows Cabin is built ($440).
is rewired and the old gas-powered electricity generator is sold. The old coal stove in the kitchen is sold and two new electric stoves are installed.
1940
Chalmers Lodge is built ($335.85).
The Claxton Cabin is built ($400).
1947
1. "City electricity" reaches the Assembly. The Main Building is rewired and the old gas-powered electricity generator is sold. The old coal stove in the kitchen is sold and two new electric stoves are installed.
1948 © Jon Cousins 2013
1. The Taft Cabin is built before the camp session ($704.22).
2. An electric light on our sign on the road is installed, with the switch to it in Chalmer's Lodge.
3. Construction of the Murdoch Cabin is begun after the camp session, in the late Fall.
1949
1. The Murdoch Cabin is completed mid-summer before the Assembly session.
1950
1. Just before the session, the Twitchell Cabin is built ($1,475).
2. A wooden flagpole made from a tree grown on the property was erected on the upper lawn at the center of the top of the hill.
3. Before the session, the Maine Information Center across the street is built. It's original position was right next to Haley Town Rd, nearly directly across from our entrance.
1951
1. The Goddard Cabin porch is enlarged, roofed over, and screened in.
2. A fenced-in play yard for the children is built near where the current 4-Square cement tent platform stands.
1953
A toilet and cesspool are added to the Taft Cabin. It is also wired for electricity.
1955 © FNCA 2018
The Bray Cabin ($2,800) and the Woofenden Cabin are built before the session.
1959
The Goddard Annex is added onto the southern end of the Kitchen. It includes a new back kitchen and children's play room on the 1st floor and the Girls Dorm on the 2nd floor.
1962
The Mack Cabin is built.
1963
The Lawrence Cabin is built.
1964 © Rev. George F. Dole 1964
The Dole Wing is added onto the northern end of the Dining Hall.
1968
The Perry Wing is added onto the back of the Dole Wing.
1972
A new fenced in play yard is built behind the Goddard Annex, and a new door and steps from the Goddard Annex are added to access it.
1975
Whitehead Lecture Hall is added onto the northern end of the Dole Wing.
1976 © FNCA 2018
The Perry Cabin and Bath House are built.
1983?
The Hinckley Cabin is razed.
1984
Unused land at the northern end of the property is sold in order to purchase two housing lots in the Weston Way housing development at the southern end in New Hampshire, thus both creating a buffer between us and the development, as well as providing space for two more cabins along the river bank.
1988
1. The Boston Cabin is built.© Trevor 2011
2. The Boys Bunkhouse is built on the same cement platform where the old Big Boys Tent was.
1990
The Laird Cabin is built.
1994
1. New metal roof on the Twitchell Cabin.
2. Stairways in the Main Building are sheetrocked to meet current fire code.
3. Work Weekend starts.
1998
The Tool Shed is moved from the end of the Goddard Annex to next to Chalmers Lodge.
1999
1. A new metal flagpole is put up in the far corner of the lower lawn.
2. A wall is built in the Little Mack side of the Mack Cabin creating a private room that includes the pre-existing bathroom, separating it from the laundry area. At the same time on the Big Mack side of the Mack Cabin, the old entrance at the end of the building is replaced with a solid exterior wall, and a new interior wall is built creating a private room with a doorway into a new hallway that runs between the pre-existing bath on that side of the cabin to a new door on the front of the building so that both the residents of the new room as well© FNCA 2002 as the boys sleeping in the Bunkhouse can share that bathroom.
2000
The Tool Shed, Pump House, and the water holding tank structure get new roofs.
2002
1. New back porch and stairs built on the Perry Wing.
2. Flames graffiti in Chalmers Lodge and the Boys Dorm and the Girls Dorms is painted over.
3. The Taft Cabin gets a fresh coat of paint.
2003
© FNCA 20181. Adrienne Frank Fellowship Hall is built.
2. The Bray Cabin porch and bathrooms are reconfigured.
2005
New metal roof on the Bray Cabin.
2011
1. The Twitchell Cabin entrances are moved from © Trevor 2011the front of the cabin to the end of the porches so you no longer enter directly into the bedrooms, and a wheelchair ramp is added to Twitchell South.
2. The walls of little tiny Room 10 (the old "hospital room" upstairs above the pantry in the Main Building) are taken down and a long wall is built from there along the eastern edge of the Cook's Quarters to the main stairway up to the Girls Dorm, thus creating a new hallway
from the upstairs bedrooms' hallway above the Dining Hall over to the Girls Dorm.
3. The tool/bike shed on the end of the Woofenden Cabin was beyond repair, so it was removed before putting a new metal roof on the cabin.
4. New shelves are added floor-to-ceiling on the north wall of the Toolshed to make room for the late Rev. Dr. Pop Woof's extensive tool collection.© 2018 Lee Dyer
2012
1. New metal roof on the entire Main Building.
2. New metal roof on the Perry Cabin.
3. New door and doorframe on the Laird Cabin.
2013
New metal roof on the Laird Cabin.
2015
New metal roof on the Bunkhouse.
2016
© Dana Richardson 20161. The Pump House gets a new foundation. ---------->
2. New metal roofs on the Taft Cabin and Claxton Cabin.
3. A small angled doorsill is added to the front door into the Dining Hall on the front porch to make it more wheelchair accessible.
4. Legal-size handicapped doorway installed on the 1st floor bathroom in the Dole Wing.
2017
1. The chimney on the back of the Kitchen is cleaned and re-pointed.
2. The screen windows and © Trevor 2017wood panels to cover them on the front of Chalmers Lodge are replaced with openable glass windows.
3. New metal roofs on the Faxon Cabin and Bellows Cabin.
2018
New metal roof on the Mack Cabin.
2019
1. The old sliding glass doors on the Boston Cabin were removed and replaced with a new entry door and a picture window.
2. A new railing was built and installed on the building side of the handicap ramp between the porch and the deck on the Main Building.
3. The split rail fence along the walkway to the Faxon Cabin was repaired with several new rails and a new and improved end piece on the river side.
4. Replace the ramp on Frank Hall.
5. Connected our fire alarm system directly to 911.
6. By eminent domain, the State of Maine takes a long narrow strip of land along the entire length of our property abutting the road, cuts down nearly all the trees and undergrowth between the back field and the road, and widens and raises Rte. 302 by about 7'.
2020
© Trevor 20201. The State of Maine, after first replacing our entrance (due to 2019:4 above) with a way too steep and narrow driveway last Fall, re-replaces it with a wider, longer, much more gradually inclined driveway.
2. The chimney on the Goddard Cabin is re-pointed.
3. The Boys Bunkhouse gets a new coat of paint and trim.
 


Exact Construction Dates Unknown:

Well House
(unknown, but perhaps built in 1929 when the Kitchen was built)

Pump House
(built in the early days sometime before 1946, perhaps in 1929 when the Kitchen was built)

Kitchen
(second floor added?)
(gas stoves switched in?)

Hinckley Cabin
(built most likely sometime between 1938-1941)
(razed most likely in 1983)

Woofenden Cabin tool/bike shed
(built sometime in the 1970s?)

Kitchen
pantry entrance double doors center post removed
(somewhere between 1990-2007)
 

 

[FNCA History]

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