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April 11, 2018 at 10:00 am · · Comments Off on Fossel Preservation Partners, LLC

Fossel Preservation Partners, LLC


Fossel Preservation Partners, LLC was established in the spring of 2015 by Les Fossel (www.oldhouserestoration.com) and David Landmann, R.A. to examine the commercial feasibility of restoring the historic Hathorn Block building in Richmond. John Hochstein joined the partnership shortly thereafter adding requisite marketing expertise to the team. Both Les and David have over 40 years experience in successfully restoring, renovating and repairing old buildings to their historic standards.

The Hathorn Block, built in 1849-1850, stands at the corner of Main and Front Street looking out on the Kennebec River and Swan Island. It is both a landmark and a gateway to Richmond. In recent years the building has fallen into disuse, become unsafe and had to be boarded up.

During the summer Fossel Preservation Partners conducted an engineering and architectural review of the structure, and in particular the condition of building shell, its underpinning, flooring, windows, roof, and its architectural features; all of which we determined can and should be preserved. We also looked at the economic viability of the building and concluded that if developed for mixed use – residential and commercial/retail, the building can again play a vibrant role in the life of the town as it once did. With the support of Coastal Enterprises, Inc. (CEI) – www.ceimaine.org) and the Town of Richmond (www.richmondmaine.com) we expect to complete restoration of the historic Hathorn Block building by December, 2016.


David W. Landmann, R. A.