Old Main reflects the respect we have for our heritage and the value we place on God’s provision. This stately building was constructed through four separate building projects over a period of 21 years beginning in 1873. Combined with Century House, completed in 1851, this is the first facility Dr. Cedarholm would have visited on campus and has, over the last 46 years, served the Maranatha family very well.
Every student who has attended Maranatha has taken at least one class in the building, and many recitals, performances, and meetings have occurred within these walls. Today, this facility also houses the Student Center and Old Main Café, places where the students come to relax, study, or just fellowship with others.
Many projects within Old Main have occurred during the Maranatha Baptist University history, including: Burckart Hall, Bookstore and Mail Room renovations, music rooms and offices, addition of the Solarium, and the Old Main Café renovations.
In preparation for the fiftieth anniversary of Maranatha in Watertown, there are several projects that need to be accomplished for that event:
• Phase 1, the “Necessary Project”, involves construction of two handicap-accessible restrooms on first floor of Old Main. This $25,000 project has been funded by the Alumni Association and will be completed during the summer of 2014.
• Phase 2 involves reconstruction of the East Entrance to Old Main (see enclosed drawing). This is the formal entrance to campus and is also the location of the Cedarholms’ gravesites. We propose to enhance this approach to the building with a new stair entrance from the parking lot, new landscaping, replacement of the Academy windows on the east wall, and upgrades of the front porch as required. This project’s estimated cost is $100,000.
• Phase 3 involves replacing of the HVAC system utilized for the Academic Offices and the Main Conference Room. This project’s estimated cost is $20,000.
• Phase 4 involves renovation of the first floor corridors of Old Main. This $155,000 project will include enhancements like a new entry system into the first floor of Old Main, new ceilings and lights, new wall surfaces, and new flooring.
The improvements to Old Main will total $300,000. We are seeking to complete Phases 1 and 2 as well as the East Entrance improvements during the summer of 2014. As of May 31, 2014, we have raised $115,000 of the $125,000 needed for these first two projects. We are seeking to raise the balance of the $185,000.
Our prayer is to be able to complete the renovations of Old Main during the summer of 2015. Your gift for this project will help this grand building continue to support the mission of Maranatha Baptist University to develop leaders for ministry in the local church and the world “To the Praise of His Glory.”