The progress of Merwinsville Hotel Restoration
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Spring has to come soon!
We are a non-profit, and like all such organizations, we rely on your support to keep ourselves going. Please consider making a donation to the Merwinsville Hotel Organization this year, we are a 501(c)(3), so you can use the deduction on your taxes (and we can use it to keep the doors open)!
Use this link to make a donation during the Give Local 36 hour donation drive May 3 - 5!
The exterior of the Hotel is in the process of being repainted by 100 In 1 Home Services. They are currently working on prepping the building and making some structural repairs and once the weather starts to cooperate, they will begin painting.
Don't miss our second annual Holiday Show - celebrate the Hotel Restoration and get some fun stuff to make this year extra special. Don't forget, we survive because of your support, any and all help is appreciated!
In January of 2008, the Board of Directors developed a 5-year plan that included the restoration of the ballroom.
In April 2008, with a $4,000 matching grant that we received from the Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation, the Board hired Duke Moore to create a set of architectural plans that encompassed the scope of our project.
In January 2010, with our second grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, we hired Robert Murry to develop structural engineer plans for our project.
The scope of work initially included: basement foundation, kitchenette, 1st floor bathroom, exterior stairwell from basement to ballroom, ballroom and all the associated electric & plumbing required.
Mason Lord of Hudson Valley Preservation (HVP) has continued to graciously volunteer HVP's services through the ongoing process of gathering quotes from various contractors.
As of 2013, we have amended our intitial scope of work to address signficant structural issues with regard to the ballroom. That work is currently underway and has closed the ballroom to unsupervised visits.
Margaret Trika Smith-Burke of Gaylordsville gave the Merwinsville Hotel Restoration $4,000 to be matched through membership and friends. This $4,000 became $8,000 thanks to matching donations. Your donations help us to continue the restoration effort that began in 1971 by Gaylordsville residents to restore the Merwinsville Hotel to its former splendor.
The restoration plan
Jim Hart, Steve Dull, Mason Lord, Don Lawson & Jeff Edelstein met at the Hotel to review the initial estimates that were developed. The restoration plan was divided into 5 phases:
Phase 1- Structural Basement to Ballroom; includes column & load bearing construction.
Phase 2- New septic, well, excavation and foundation work, framing for exterior stairs and exterior trim.
Phase 3- Mechanics; plumbing, heating, AC, bathroom, ballroom restoration, stair tower and painting.
Phase 4- Kitchenette
Next step will be to generate a worksheet laying out the phases & milestones and breaking down the total estimates using the same phases. This is the precursor to applying for grants.
Housatonic Valley Preservation on board
Don Lawson came on board to worth with Mason Lord of HVP to break down the scope of work into manageable projects and then being to acquire the necessary bids. The momentum is building. Thank you, Don.