Author: 
Mavis Cain

On Thursday, July 30th, board members met with Tilly architects at Tilly Studios to go over detailed plans for construction work on the Keeper's House. We discussed plans as detailed as placement of the boiler and how to repairs the beautiful plaster ceiling medallions in the main room and in the foyer.

The recent New York State Preservation Grant awarded to the Friends in June will help cover the gap between the original estimate and the revised estimate for construction.

Construction bids will go out before the end of the year.

Author: 
Mavis Cain

The Friends recently received news of the award of a Recreational Trails grant to make the steep slope entry to the trail in Dobbs Ferry at Cedar and Main accessible to the elderly and handicapped, bikers and mothers with strollers. This grant was a very competitive one and The Friends were thrilled to receive it.

The President thanks Dobbs Ferry Mayor Scott Seskin, Trustee Paula Dambroff, and Jerry Mulligan of the Westchester County Planning Department for supporting this application.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

There's good news on the restoration of the historic Keeper's House. This year the Friends undertook the work to restore the porch as a first step. Board member Carl Grimm was our lead architect and supervisor and now the porch has a beautiful roof, new gutters, columns that have been faithfully restored and a new porch floor.

The next piece of good news is that the long awaited approval for the design work on the whole house has been received from the Department of Transport. It came through in June and construction bids will be put out by our chosen architect, Stephen Tilly of Dobbs Ferry. We have not quite reached the estimated construction cost but expect to do so in the next few months. Then we will be raising funds for displays, computers and furnishings. This will be the exciting part.

Author: 
FOCAAdmin

Work on the Keeper's House continues as we shore up the porch and porch roof.

Here are some photos of the Keeper's House in its current state: