Stevens-Buswell Community Center

Our Story

In February 2022, The Bedford Historical Society signed a fifty-year lease with the Town of Bedford, for the operation of a community center in the historic Stevens-Buswell School. Constructed in 1921, the school is a beloved fixture, a place rooted to Bedford’s past, being refurbished for its next chapter as the Stevens-Buswell Community Center (SBCC).

Our Goals

The Stevens-Buswell Community Center seeks to engage as wide a spectrum of groups and individuals in the community as possible, and encourages a broad range of uses. At Minimum, it will provide more meeting space for business and social groups, special event space, theater and concert opportunities, and counseling space.

Our Historic Building

The Stevens-Buswell School was built in the town center in 1921, named for two Bedford men who lost their lives in World War I. It was the first two-room school in Bedford. The school served students from grades one through eight. It continued to function as a school until 1967. After that, the building served as the Bedford Town Offices, Bedford Police Department, Bedford Municipal Court and finally, as home to the Marconi Museum.

 

Project Plan:

 

COMPLETE

Phase I:

Building Stabilization

Roof replacement and environmental remediation

60% COMPLETE

Phase II:

Required to Open – Main Floor

$350,000 still needed to open. Complete HVAC and electrical work, paint, trim and furnishings.

Projects Needed to complete Phase II, SBCC
  • Septic System
  • Elevator
  • HVAC
  • Three Restrooms
  • Floor Refinishing
  • Window Restoration
  • Two Stairwells
  • Retractable Room Divider
  • Lighting Fixtures
  • Furniture
  • Security System
  • Internet/TV/Telephone

T.B.D.

Phase III:

Full Utilization of Space

Finish ground floor rooms.

Renovations in Process

Friends of the SBCC

The Stevens-Buswell Community Center Committee is comprised of Bedford residents, from a wide array of backgrounds, all with a deep appreciation and love for the school and its reuse as a thriving community.

The Stevens-Buswell Community Center Committee Members:

  • Gwen Broder
  • Dee Caron
  • Ron Cavalho
  • Scott Crandall
  • Claire Day
  • Bill Gere
  • Paul Kfoury
  • Richard Moore
  • Beverly Thomas
  • Susan Tufts-moore
  • Gene Van Loan
  • Glenn Wiggin
  • Greg Zimmermann
  • Rebecca Acorn

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Or, send checks to:

Bedford Historical Society Treasurer, BHS
24 North Amherst Road
Bedford, NH 03110

 

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