The National Register of Historic Places 1985 listing of the historical and cultural importance of Hebron's Historic District says of the Hebron Academy:
The Hebron Academy is a fine example of a provincial Greek Revival school building. Architecturally the most significant building in the District, the Academy dominates the south side of the Common.
Hebron Academy was incorporated in 1839 to provide secondary education for the children of the area; was purchased by the Town of Hebron during the Civil War; and served as its Village School until the Bridgewater-Hebron Elementary School was built in the late twentieth century. Since that time, the building has housed the Select Board office and a meeting room for Town committees, boards and commissions. The Town Clerk and Tax Collector are housed in a small building, the Memorial Chapel, on the opposite side of Hebron Common.
The Architectural Assessment and Structural Analysis Report and the Plan NH Community Design Charrette Report both recommend that the best way to save the Hebron Academy and maintain the vitality of Hebron Village, is by renovating the Academy building - restoring much of its interior to its original open configuration - and adding a single story addition, not only to bring the Town Clerk and Tax Collector into central Town offices, but also to provide structural support of the historic building.
Town Meetings in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 endorsed this plan by voting monies into a dedicated capital fund, and for architectural designs. The design chosen through an open and collaborative process is:
- fully complies with the National Register of Historic Places guidelines and the Americans with Disabilities Act;
- exceeds National and State Energy Code requirements;
- and will provide, well into the future, adequate office space, meeting space, and storage space for all functions that now take place in the Hebron Academy building and the Memorial Chapel building (Town Clerk & Tax Collector offices).
The Hebron Academy Advisory Committee will draw on its members' broad areas of expertise to assist the Select Board during the bidding and construction stages of the Hebron Academy project.
Hebron Academy Advisory Committee
|Roger Larochelle, Chair||Planning Board, Chair|
|Paul Hazelton||Hebron resident, owner historic property|
|Mark Coulson||Hebron resident, past Town Treasurer|
|Ivan Quinchia||Planning Board, Alternate|
|Madeleine MacDougall||Tax Collector|
|Ron Collins||Hebron Historical Society President|
|Eleanor Lonske||Select Board Member|