In 2004 we began the work to ensure that we could properly care for our historic building. Thanks to grants from the Bergen County Historic Trust and from the Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation we were able to have our building evaluated by a preservation architecture firm and a formal Preservation Plan was written. Although this was an expensive step, it was none the less a required step to make us eligible to receive future grants to have work done on our historic home.
Now, thanks to grants from the Bergen County Historic Trust and from the 1772 Foundation were were able to begin Phase I of our Preservation Plan. This work emphasizes getting the outer shell of our building sound; replacing the roof, the gutters and moldings and replacing exterior shingles and framing that are no longer sound.
Now cedar shakes are being placed on the roof. The rotten wood at the back of the building has been replaced.
We are excited about the progress on our restoration project and very grateful to all who have helped us to begin this work. We are also extremely grateful that Hurricane Sandy was much kinder to us than Hurricane Irene.
We are still doing fund raising for our restoration work and all contributions are gratefully accepted.