The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) that our design plans to restore the Ferguson House have at long last been approved! Over two years ago the FOW completed a fund raising drive where, thanks in a large part to a $35,000 matching grant from the Terry K Bell Foundation, we were able to raise $70,000 to restore the Ferguson House.
Since the completion of our fund drive, we have been working very closely with the Refuge management and our architect, Charley Wright, to design plans that would meet the approval of SHPO. When a site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places all plans, designs, materials and anything else that might affect the authenticity of the historic structure must be approved by SHPO.
With the retirement of Tony Booth the previous Refuge Manager we faced a delay in getting Refuge approval of our plans. Then the person at SHPO, whom we had been working with retired so we had to wait for their replacement. We then had to give that individual a chance to review all documents. This is indicative of the very thorough job SHPO does to maintain the original look and composition of the structure.
Recently David Farmer, Refuge Manager, received a letter from SHPO which was the green light we have been waiting for. In the coming months you should start to see this restoration process take shape. We must first find a Contractor who can tackle this very unique work and then find out where this construction will fit within their work schedule. We will only be restoring the outside of the house as depicted in the picture. This picture is from 1929 which should be an accurate depiction of how our finished restoration project will look. Stay tuned and we will continue to keep you apprised of our progress with this project.