2019 This has been a busy year.
The Society has many projects in the works for the High School.
- Our Structural Engineer, Mel Green and Society President, John Ekman have worked tirelessly on the final plans and specs for the east wall repairs. Proper replacement bricks have been donated for this section as well. This part of the project will soon go to bid.
- We were awarded $14,000 from the J.B. Snow Foundation to rebuild the front stairs. We currently have a contractor signed to start the project in late October or early November. The project calls for kiln dried lumber and the addition of the newel posts and railings that are currently on the way from Iowa. The balusters are already on site.
- Awarded an additional $33,000 from CCCHP 2017-18 for window repair. In preparation for this project, volunteers have collected the rock lintels given to the Society by NDot. Some windows in the school cannot be repairedd or replaced until these lintels are in place.
New Stairs Complete At Last
Thanks to the J.B. Snow Foundation grant we were able to “dress up” the entry to the Goldfield High School. The balusters, railings and newel post with the beautiful wooden orbs were crafted by our incredibly talented wood guy, Daniel Prendergast of Woodminstrel Woodparts in Hillsboro Iowa. Perchetti Construction from Tonopah, Nevada did a fabulous job of making it all happen!
The box with the railings and newel posts arrived in the nick of time for installation by Perchetti Construction. We have Society Member, Joan Sieber, to thank for some serious heavy lifting…finding, applying and nurturing the grant as well as unearthing our wood guy in Iowa!
Restoration Progress in 2020
Despite Covid-19 and its related difficulties, we are making progress on repairs to the Goldfield High School.
Work on the East Wall has begun and although it will be a close race, the East wall repair should be completed by the end of July. As noted previously, the Commission for Cultural Centers and Historic Preservation (CCCHP) awarded us $80,000 plus an additional $5,000 for the wall repair. And, also because of the virus, they gave us additional time to complete the project. As you can see, the repair work is well underway with the crew working hard resetting brick and installing lintals.
We also received grant funds in the amount of $33,000 to replace 44 windows in the building. Again, we were given additional time due to the virus for that project as well. As you can see by the photos, windows are popping out all over.
That’s not all the windows that need to be replaced … but we have a new grant from the J.B. Snow foundation waiting in the wings to complete the window project. Their grant award was a generous $14,000! How About that? We can’t thank them enough. There will be more photos when these jobs are complete, so check in often.
NOW… for some really FABULOUS news….
In the newest round of grant applications with CCCHP we were awarded a whopping $247,000 towards a new roof for the High school. Woo hoo! Again, we have our President, John Ekman to thank for that. He went to the grant meeting in Las Vegas to represent the Society and really scored. Thank you, John!
Brick work on the East Wall Complete at last…
Check out our refurbished east wall…. Scott Zemp Masonry did a bang up job resetting and replacing the brick on the east wall. The job included setting the stone lintels in preparation for the new windows. Fortunately, the crew had lots of experience putting the massive stone lintels in place since they did that once before on the south wall.
The heavy lintels required custom cuts to fit the window openings properly. That’s where our rock guy, Bryan Smalley, came to the rescue. He cut them and the Zemp crew set them into place. A job well done as you can see.
There are still more windows to install. However, some window frames need to be repaired prior to installation. But our old building is starting to look like its old self!
More stupendous news to pass on…
The Society was gifted with a truly generous donation of $5,000 to the high school restoration fund from members Stan and Amy Davis. The Society thanks you!