The Friends of Arrow Rock preservation group recently received a grant from the Jeffris Family Foundation in the amount of $230,000. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Executive Director Kathy Borgman:
“We are really thrilled to be working with the Jeffris Family Foundation on a project that will do some major work on four of our historic properties,”said Borgman,”This will be the largest grant that we have received. It’s a matching grant, so we will be receiving $230,000, which is one-third of the project, and we will be out in the community raising $460,000.”
The group has three years to raise the additional funds in order to receive the grant funds. According to Borgman, the grant money will be used to restore and upgrade the John P. Sites House, the Sites Gun Shop, the Masonic Lodge Hall, and the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall. Anyone interested in assisting in the groups’ efforts is encouraged to visit their website at www.Friendsof ArrowRock.org.
Historic preservation efforts by the Friends of Arrow Rock received a major boost this week with a $230,000 challenge grant award notification from the Jeffris Family Foundation. The grant is contingent on the Friends raising a local match of $460,000 over the next three years.
The funds will be used to restore and upgrade four of the Friends’ most historically significant properties—the John P. Sites House, the Sites Gun Shop, the Masonic Lodge Hall and the Odd Fellows Lodge Hall. The improvements to be undertaken were identified last year in detailed Historic Structure Reports that were jointly funded by the Jeffris Heartland Fund, administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation; the William T. Kemper Foundation, Commerce Bank Trustee; the Board of Governors of the Miller Gift; and proceeds from the Friends of Arrow Rock’s 50th Anniversary Campaign.
The reports list structural, mechanical and electrical concerns in some of the properties that will be addressed through this grant, and planned projects at all four sites will deal with water infiltration and site grading issues. In addition to the preservation and restoration needs identified in the reports, the grant and local match will also fund the adaptive re-use of the second floor of the Masonic Lodge building by converting it into a fully-equipped, modern meeting space, with a small elevator, internet access, and basic facilities.
“We are deeply grateful to the Jeffris Family Foundation for providing us with this very generous grant,” said Tom Hall, president of the Friends of Arrow Rock. “An opportunity of this magnitude doesn’t come along every day, so we intend to make the most of it.”
Hall cautioned, however, that the nature of the challenge is all-or-nothing. “If we fall short of the local match, we don’t get anything at all from the Jeffris Foundation, so we’re going to pull out all of the stops to make sure that doesn’t happen. We would welcome the support of anyone interested in seeing these buildings preserved to help us reach our goal.”
The Jeffris Family Foundation was founded in 1979 and is located in Janesville, Wisconsin. Its focus is preserving regionally and nationally important historic buildings and decorative arts projects for future generations.
Arrow Rock is a National Historic Landmark village located 14 miles north of I-70 at Exits 89 or 98. To learn more about the Friends of Arrow Rock, visit www.FriendsofArrowRock.org.