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Saturday, June 9, 2012

Grant allows Drake House to finish exterior restoration

The grant will allow finishing of entryway, here shown when
accessibility ramp was constructed.

With a $20,000 grant from the Plainfield Foundation, the Historical Society of Plainfield is poised to finish the exterior restoration of the city's Drake House Museum.

The grant is a match against a $30,000 grant already received from the Union County Historic Preservation Trust Fund, and will be applied to Phase III of the society's restoration plan for the historic farmhouse.

Work at the entry way will be completed with the finishing of the front porch and the dormer window above it as well as repairs to the slate roof caused by a falling tree a few years ago. Interior work will include the installation of a handicap-accessible restroom on the ground floor.

Check out the new website put together by volunteer Carlos Cardoza here.

The Drake House is at 602 West Front Street (at the foot of Plainfield Avenue) and is open Sundays from 2 - 4 PM. Parking available on site.

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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Anonymous said...

The website that Carlos did is awesome! In some ways, the Drake House is a hidden gem of Plainfield. Thanks Carlos for making Plainfield shine. The Drake House is rich with history that people read about in books. It brings history to life!