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DISPATCH AUTUMN 2006

putting it all together:
the capital campaign at work

by dan berkowitz

Workers carefully deconstruct the supports
for the front porch before repairing
earthquake damage the Foundation
House suffered in 1994.
photo by Dan Berkowitz

Some time ago, we announced the Foundation’s $500,000 Capital Campaign. Its goals were to perform a number of essential repairs to the Foundation’s headquarters, to upgrade the existing systems, to obtain and outfit new facilities, and — biggest of all — to retire the mortgage on the property. We began the Campaign with $100,000 in the bank, and contributions are coming in.

The first tangible results of the Campaign are now visible. First came the renovation of the Foundation offices on the third floor. A new desk system — one which actually uses the space productively! — was installed, along with much-needed storage space for files and office supplies. A new computer work station was added, and new blinds and carpeting were installed. It’s not plush, but it cleaned up the space greatly, and makes for an easier work environment for our small but dedicated staff!

Two rooms on the second floor, which had been rented out for many years, were taken over by the Foundation. One will eventually be made into a lounge-cum-guest-room for visiting artists, and the other has been designated as the Foundation’s new library. Both rooms need a substantial amount of work, but once they’re complete, it will mean more “public space” for staff to work in, and for visitors to enjoy.

The most visible result, though, has been at the front of the house. Those of you who visited in recent years saw the beautiful front porch propped up by scaffolding, steel rods, and other ungainly devices. That’s because damage over the decades, exacerbated by the 1994 earthquake, weakened the beams supporting part of the second floor, which, in turn, meant that the roof over the porch was unstable. No one was in imminent danger – we hope! – but it was definitely unsightly, and the situation would only have become more unstable and dangerous as time went on.

photo by Dan Berkowitz

Well, as you can see from the photo, the whole porch was disassembled, shored up and strengthened, and then put back together. It was a long and messy job, but the results are definitely worth it. When the porch was removed, more damage was discovered to the foundation of the house, which means more repairs will need to be done than originally anticipated – but at least the problem was uncovered before any nasty accident happened.

At the same time as the porch work, new wooden gates were installed, at both the front entrance and the driveway entrance. These will not only create a more private environment within the property, but will also enhance security.

Much more needs to be done, and we haven’t begun to retire the mortgage. Please help us put the Foundation on a solid footing by contributing to the Campaign. Contributions of any size are welcome, and “naming” options are open for large donations. (Want to have the new art storage area named after you? Call the office for details!)


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