Hannah Barker House Receives Two Prestigious Grants!
HistoriCorps and Historic Boulder gathered towards the end of the porch construction for a celebratory photo to thank SHF for its continuing support.
We have nearly completed the first 3 phases of the 6 planned phases of rehabilitation, and we've just heard that we received two grants to move forward with our next phase of rehabilitation : TheState Historical Fund has awarded us $195,000 and the National Trust for Historic Preservation has awarded us $5,000 to help with the required $105,000 SHF grant match!
This grant will help fund work that will at last showcase the beauty of this architectural gem. Work in this phase will include: final stabilization of the exterior walls and roof structure, a complete new roof surface, reconstructed chimneys, restoration of the historic cupola that was removed many years ago, and stabilization of the interior floors and walls.
Work on Phase 3B is slated to begin early in 2014, and now we need your help! We’ve gotten so much wonderful support from the community so far, and the most important thing you can do to help is get the word out. Read up on the Hannah Barker Rehabilitation project here, and tell everyone! If you’re feeling flush, it’s easy to donate through our website here.
Have you been by the house recently?
Walk by 800 Arapahoe and you’ll notice all sorts of developments, from a unique, upcycled fiber arts installation on the fence to the fruits of the labor of HistoriCorps and their volunteers: a beautiful “new” front porch.
Watch this space (and like us on Facebook!) for more updates on Phase 3B and beyond. Thanks to everyone for your continuing support and enthusiasm for this important project!
Saving Hannah's house
Hannah Connell Barker immigrated from Ireland and landed in the rough mining town of Boulder in 1869, contributing herskills as a teacher, businesswoman and civic leader until her death in 1918. Her home at 800 Arapahoe Ave. was the welcoming site of many community gatherings. After Hannah's death, the building fell into disrepair and was in danger of being demolished until, in 2010 the house was donated to Historic Boulder. The preservation and renovation of Hannah's house is Historic Boulder's main goal today. The first three phases of a five-phase rehabilitation has been completed.
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