The Board of Aldermen recently approved an application for an additional Mississippi Department of Archives and History grant and committed to pay the local match of $40,845 for work that will fall under phase two and focus on meeting Americans with Disabilities Act requirements. The grant application seeks $163,380 for a total project of $204,225.
Siege & Battle Chairwoman Rosemary Williams said the four phases include:
• Structural and roof — The structural work is now underway with roof work to follow. This phase of work will extend into the fall.
• ADA — Plans for the second phase are an off-street parking area for vans, walkway and ramp leading onto the end of the north porch, and a reconfigured restroom inside the home, all to meet ADA requirements.
This phase also includes electrical improvements to include additional power and will change the system from fuse boxes to breakers; a new heating and air unit; limited plumbing improvements; and restoration of the old brick sidewalks surrounding the home.
Much of this work is required in order for the house to reopen to the public, Williams noted.
• Interior improvements — Phase three would include painting, repair of fabrics and furnishings, refinishing of floors, and development and implementation of an interpretive plan. The phase is targeted for summer and fall of 2014 using private funding from local fundraisers.
• Grounds improvements — Planned for 2015, the final phase would include grounds repair, irrigation system repair and landscaping according to the period. The funding source may be private via fundraisers.