The tireless Steering Committee - Alison Odle, Rochelle Joseph, Eric Hoover, David Dempsey - has been hard at work this winter:
Barrett’s review was that the interior remains in surprisingly good shape, with minimal water damage and mold. Her "bones - the structure - is sound. All good news for restoration of the exterior in order to preserve the house.
Rochelle also reported that the Refuge has agreed to clear vegetation 3 feet away from the house to allow for airflow and keep additional spring growth from causing damage. Both the walk-thru and taking care of the invasive vegetation are positive signs that the Refuge is listening to the Support the Pink House cause. Certainly the support for STPH from local, state and federal representatives was a huge step forward! Joseph is working on other line items for the Refuge to further protect the house. Stay tuned for upcoming blog posts on that.
The group is also exploring the potential uses for the Pink House:
PUBLIC USE (eg. museum, community venue):
Ruled out since would require too many changes to both the interior and
exterior of the house in order to make it handicap accessible, as well parking requirements & high liability.
LOW-IMPACT RENOVATION (eg. art, science):
All agree that the ideal use would be to find an organization or university that would be interested in using the house as a base for oceanographic, marsh, barrier-island, etc field research. There are examples of similar uses in the area (eg. the Marine Biological Laboratory has both purchased and rented from the ECGA since 1992 for field operations). With a low-impact use another party would come to the table with their own source of funding, as well would provide increased improvements to the building for their use rather than simply shoring-up the shell.
New brochures are being printed and will need to be distributed to surrounding communities.
Welcoming ideas on locations +/or volunteers to distribute.
YANKEE HOMECOMING (July 30 -August 6);
Volunteer for a shift at the Inn Street booth/table during the week to rai
se awareness, collect donations, sell merchandise and (hopefully) grow the group.
Mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 11 at Flatbread Amesbury! A portion of proceeds for all pizzas sold (dine-in and take-out) will be donated by Flatbread Co of Amesbury.
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