An Endangered Species
In December, the LCC received a $10,000 grant to develop a Historic Structures Report for what is commonly known as the Annex. This 100+ year old Carriage Barn has been closed since 2011 due to structural issues caused by moisture damage to the foundation beams. As part of their work on the Strategic Plan, the LCC Board developed a restoration budget and feasibility study for potential uses of the building. The Board voted unanimously to seek funding resources to revitalize this important historic asset in a way that is relevant and beneficial to the community. Top on the list is public restrooms, historic welcome center for bus tours and celebration space. Restoration costs are estimated at $1.5 million which the Board plans to fund through public and private grant sources and a community Capital Campaign.
The first step – an Historic Structures Report cataloguing historically significant features and existing conditions. It will outline the best preservation approach to achieve the Board’s goals of highest and best use of the Carriage Barn for the community.