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Historic Site Restoration and Preservation Work Underway

Historic Site Restoration and Preservation Work Underway

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thanks to your many generous contributions to our Campaign for the Future, historic site restoration and preservation work is now underway at several of our Cather properties. Here, we will regularly share updates on our progress at the historic sites. With 76% of our $6.5 million goal raised, we are well on our way to realizing the campaign's vision for restoration of properties and expanded programs, exhibits, and visitor amenities. You may lend your support to the preservation of these nationally significant cultural attractions with a tax-deductible donation or multi-year pledge to our Campaign for the Future. Thank you!

Link HERE for more images showing progress at our sites 

Highlights and progress report as of August 1, 2020:

Pavelka Farmstead

  • Addition of electrical service to the property
  • Installation of a new composite shake roof
  • Deconstruction of non-historic enclosed porch as a step toward returning the home to its period of significance
  • Lifting of the house, excavation of the crawl space to accomodate climate control systems, and installation of new footers, support piers, and foundation to ensure stability
  • Return of house onto restored foundation

Burlington Depot 

  • Removal of all siding and trim, new insulation and sheathing, installation of new siding to match existing historic sizes and profiles
  • Restoration, priming, and painting of windows and doors
  • Installation of a new climate control system
  • Painting underway on exterior facade

Farmers and Merchants Bank 

  • Reappraisal and rehousing of collections material from the WCPM collection
  • Refining preservation scope for exterior facade
  • Fabrication of stone for exterior restoration efforts

Potter Block / Hotel Garber

  • Fine-tuning of schematic drawings for adative reuse of this historic building as the future site of a 26-room downtown boutique hotel, of which the Foundation is an equity investor
  • Excavation and underpinning work to the basement 
  • Design development of architectural drawings and renderings

Plans for additional capital improvements at Grace Episcopal Church, St. Juliana Falconieri Catholic Church, and the J.L. Miner House are also underway.