The First phase of the exterior renovation was accomplished with the help of Prairie Meadow, the Alice Hansen family, WCCP and many other local donors. This phase included the restored dormers, new roof, soffets and gutters.
Second phase is exterior paint. Bids have been received and fund raising is in progress. We are hoping to have this part of the project done in the next few months.
Now planning for the Third Phase begins.
Because this part of the restoration will require significant changes and considerable expense we have acquired the help of architect Edward L. Matt, AIA of Genesis Architectural Design to oversee the project. The drawing above shows the plan for the house. Restoration of the original porch is key. The existing concrete porch must be demolished and the graceful wood and brick structure re-created. Although the original footprint is retained you will see different uses assigned to some of the interior spaces. The summer kitchen is a space that is often found in homes of this era and will make for a better functioning event center. Additionally, handicapped access to the space will be added with minimal view from the street. The landscape plan for the drive and backyard calls for brick paving, which will enhance the look and usability of our museum house while maintaining its Edwardian charm.
We are hoping to start fund-raising for this phase of our project very soon. Naming rights to the porch could be available for anyone wishing to finance the project.