Date: October 17, 2006
Byline: Ellen Manning
Black Horse Inn Gets New Roof & New Boost!
Flourtown, PA — In addition to a new roof, the Black Horse Inn received another boost of support this week when the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC) announced that the Inn's restoration effort would be awarded a grant totaling $85,000. The award is one of 27 that are part of this year's PHMC Keystone Preservation Grant Program, which is available to nonprofit organizations and local governments for preserving or restoring historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.
The announcement brings the total of matching grants garnered for the Black Horse Inn restoration effort to $735,000 and is the third major grant the effort has received. Previous grants awarded include a $150,000 Save America's Treasures grant secured by Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa) in August of 2005 and a $500,000 Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program grant secured by State Rep. Lawrence Curry (D-Montgomery) a year ago this month.
A check presentation by PHMC Chairman, Wayne Spilove, will likely take place at the upcoming Black Horse Inn Soirée and Auction to be held November 4th at the Sorella Rose on Bethlehem Pike in Flourtown.
While news of the grant arrived, Oreland roofing company Russell Roofing was already hard at work resurfacing the South & East roofs of the Black Horse Inn. Work was set to begin on the two roofs about three weeks ago when it was discovered by the architectural firm of Seiler+Drury that a rafter was missing from the back side of the South roof. Dick Meyer, chair of the Black Horse Inn Advisory Committee's Construction Subcommittee speculated that the rafter may have been left out to make way for a rear dormer. "There's no evidence that a dormer has ever existed on that side of the South roof," he said, "but with the rafter missing it would have been fairly easy to add one."
The replacement of the rafter came quick and delayed the Russell crew by less than two weeks. Now the resurfacing of the highly visible South roof with its distinctive front dormer is nearly complete with a new cedar shingle covering.
For more information please contact Ellen Manning at 267-241-1411.