Saturday, June 25, 2022

Another Cause Worthy of Support

The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse Preservation Society (HALPS) is embarking on a Once in a Century Restoration, both above and below water, of the beloved historic treasure on the river. 

In December, HALPS received a $500,000 grant from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation "to protect the building in anticipation of further restoration work, increase visitor safety and access, and restore the historic water system to enhance interpretative tours." Another $180,000 in matching funds needs to be raised for Phase 1 of the restoration, which will address some immediate needs of the lighthouse itself: replacing the flat roof, repairing the slate mansard roof, and addressing the gutters and downspouts, all meant to eliminate damaging, ongoing water intrusion. Phase 1 also includes a new staircase from the dock to the building's deck to increase and expand access and safety, and the installation of an upgraded marine toilet and cistern repairs.

Tomorrow, Sunday, June 26, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Stewart House is sponsoring an afternoon of hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and a silent auction at River Grill, 1 North Water Street in Athens, to benefit the Hudson-Athens Lighthouse. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets to the event.  

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