June 28, 2012
Stone Bank Wins Preservation ND Grant
The Stone Bank has received a $5,000 grant from Preservation North Dakota in its Grassroots Grant Program. The grant is designated to help with the continued restoration of the Stone Bank in Bottineau, ND.
Here’s a description of Preservation ND from the group’s website:
Incorporated in 1991, Preservation North Dakota operated as an all-volunteer organization for several years, hosting conferences, publishing newsletters, and laying the groundwork for a larger preservation movement. That movement was finally engaged when, by partnering with the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) and North Dakota’s State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), PND launched the Prairie Churches of North Dakota project.
The Stone Bank family is deeply grateful and excited to get this economic boost for the Stone Bank restoration. Add this to the $20,000 grant from the Historical Society and we are nearly halfway to our fundraising goal of $65,000 for 2012.
We are gearing up to continue work on the bank building in the next few weeks.
Here’s the plan:
* Complete the dismantling work — on the stone wall in the left of the photo and the crumbling foundation on the dismantled section.
* Excavate the crawl space and dig new footings.
* Build new foundation and walls of concrete block.
* Add floor and roof and extend new roofing material over the rebuilt section of the building.
Bingo. We can get this done for just over $60K. Then we will have a building that is structurally sound and weather-tight.
In 2013, our plan is to put the stone facade back on the building and to begin restoring the interior.
How can you help? The Preservation ND grant requires a 1:1 local match. That means, we must raise $5K in local monies to match this grant. There is a PayPal link on this page, or you can send a check to the Stone Bank at 524 Main Street, Bottineau, ND 58318.
Our loyal StoneBankBlog reader, Mark Johnson, of Fargo, suggested we look into a Preservation ND grant — and he was so right. give Mark a high-five when you see him.
More information about Preservation North Dakota and its projects are on the group’s website.
As always, thanks for reading the Stone Bank blog!