Lauralton Hall will renovate historic barn into arts center

From a press release:

The Edward E. Ford Foundation recently announced its support of Lauralton Hall’s new Center for the Visual and Performing Arts with a challenge grant of $50,000. The funding will help to complete the exterior restoration of the historic 1864 carriage barn on campus.

The initial phase of restoration was funded through a grant from the State of Connecticut’s Historic Restoration Fund and a gift from Dr. and Mrs. James Mooney of Orange.

Mildred Pinto Mooney is an alumna of Lauralton and Dr. Mooney serves on the school’s Board of Trustees. The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has also provided funding through their Barn Grant and Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grant programs.

The first phase of construction — restoration of the barn’s slate roof– is expected to be completed this month. The work also included installation of copper gutters, flashing and the reframing of the second story dormers.

The Ford Challenge Grant and matching funds will complete Phase I construction and will include the masonry, repointing, replacement of windows, doors, gutters and downspouts. The Ford Challenge requires a three to one match, so Lauralton Hall will need to raise at least $150,000 from private donations.

“There is a great deal of interest in restoring this structure on our campus,” said president Antoinette Iadarola. “We look at this restoration project as an outgrowth of our school’s environmental sustainability efforts. Our students are very focused on being green and this is just one way of reusing materials and resources.”

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Frank Juliano