Mathias Ham house in Dubuque receives grant for major renovations
DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG) – The Dubuque County Historical Society (DCHS) has received a challenge grant of $ 270,000 to carry out major renovations to the Mathias Ham House.
The grant comes from the Jeffris Foundation and requires DCHS to raise a corresponding amount of $ 540,000 by 2024. Erin Dragotto, vice president of development at DCHS, said the money would be used for internal and external renovations. . These renovations include woodworking, painting and flooring.
â€œWe can’t let in natural light,â€ Dragotto said. â€œThe reason is that we don’t have UV protection on the windows, but to restore windows properly, we have to do it through a conservation method, and we would like to open the shutters, so it’s through Grant that we can do a lot of these different projects.
Dragotto said the renovations were long overdue.
â€œThe house has never actually been repaired to this magnitude, so like any other house, you have some general maintenance to do,â€ she explained. “But in a house like this, so big, you know, it’s been over a hundred years, we have to really pay attention to the details and really bring it back to what it was.”
Construction of the site’s accessible trails will begin this fall.
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