Thursday, July 9, 2015

Sutter Creek Grammar School Restoration enters Phase Two

Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation expects to open a portion of the 145 year old building Fall 2015

July 1, 2015 - Now that ground was broken at the Miners’ Bend Park on South Main, the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation is excited to move on to the second major phase of the Sutter Creek Grammar School Restoration.  Timing is critical as most work on the Grammar School must be done during summer break.

The restoration work on the 145 year old, Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School is well underway. The initial major improvements have been focused on the front entrance and first floor of the building. The bell tower has been repaired and repainted; the front stairs are currently being replaced by concrete stairs as existed from the mid-1920’s through 1985; the front porch is being renovated and the south side entrance is being rebuilt. The $40,000 cost of these four major projects was funded entirely by local private and corporate donations.

Although impressive progress has been made, there is more to do before the building can be returned to active use by the community. SCCBF plans to reoccupy the first floor and part of the second floor by this fall. In order to do so we have a lot of cleaning up and finish work to be done on the interior and exterior of the building.  SCCBF is looking for volunteer labor to help complete a long to-so-list with tasks for every skill level.

SCCBF will be hosting a volunteer-open-house-sign-up-recruitment- day on July 15th from 6:00-8:00 at the schoolhouse.  The event is intended to provide the interested public with a first hand look at our progress and remaining challenges, as well as to recruit volunteers to provide the funds and/or labor to finish the remaining cleanup and minor interior improvements.  A major scheduled work day will follow on July 25th from 8:00-5:00 with a barbecue to follow.

The stated purpose of the restoration project is to return the building to public educational, service and recreational use.  Many different proposed uses have been discussed including a Sutter Creek Museum. The museum is proposed to provide local residents with a centralized site to honor and celebrate our local mining, cultural and personal histories.

Public Events:
Volunteer Recruitment Open House – July 15th 6:00-8:00
       Scheduled Major Workday – July 25th 8:00-5:00 (BBQ following)

About Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation
The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation is dedicated to the restoration, preservation and development of the community’s historic assets.
Under the umbrella of the Amador Community Foundation, we offer all the tax benefits of a 501 ( c ) 3 Community Benefit Not for Profit Organization.

• Increase public awareness of our diverse history and our cultural heritage.
• Provide a mechanism to facilitate private giving for public good.
• Build and maintain the financial resources needed to respond to community needs.
• Address those needs through grant making.
• Provide an opportunity for individual citizens to make a lasting contribution to our community.

To learn more about the Sutter Creek Grammar School please contact Tim Murphy at 267-5392 or  

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