Historic House Stabilization
Friends of RHP are stabilizing Amity House, North House, and Kirby House. A separate nonprofit group was started to restore Oviatt House. The Lodge ( fomerly Gund Hall) has never needed stabilization, but has undergone extensive improvements.
This year's work has been made possible by generous donations from the Dorn Family Foundation, the Charles and Helen Brown Memorial Fund, and an anonymous donor
Amity House was selected as the primary project for 2019 because it is the first major structure visitors see when they head north from the main parking lot. Its nearness to Gund Hall and to parking give it an "edge' as a potential program site.
Corey Ringle, AIA serves as the Chair of the Historic Structure Stabilization Task Force as well as President of Friends of Crowell Hilaka
The first steps took place in March 2019 when the Historic House Stabilization Task Force took measurements and assessed the conditions of Amity, North, and Kirby Houses. Consultants Tim Ochwat, Ken Bowman, and Chuck Rankin worked with Task Force Chair Corey Ringle and RJRD Park OPerations Chair Jeff DeLuca to develop a plan of attack
On September 14, a crew created a swale in the front of the house to direct water runoff from the hill side around the house and down the slope toward the lake.
Dehumidifiers and fans were purchased and installed to dry out the basement before interior work began