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Senate approves funding for Framingham museum rehab

Posted by Ralph Ranalli August 5, 2008 08:38 AM

The state Senate has approved $1.5 million in funding for repairs to the building that houses the Danforth Museum of Art.

danforth2.jpg"Mrs. Nathaniel Coffin" by Gilbert Stuart is part of the Danforth's permanent collection
The museum, located in a town-owned building, has been struggling with needed repairs to the aging structure. The funding proposal, already passed by the House of Representatives, must still be approved by the governor before it becomes a reality, said state Senator Karen Spilka, who sponsored the appropriation.

"It's not an automatic that the town gets the money, but it is a step closer," the Framingham Democrat said. "We have to convince the administration down the line that this is a critical need."

Katherine French, the museum's director, said total repairs to the building could cost anywhere from $2 to $3 million.

-- Tanya Perez-Brennan

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