The group behind the restoration of Forest Grove School in Bettendorf is about to get another feather in its cap: The National Trust for Historic Preservation is featuring the school's story in the May edition of its magazine, Preservation.
Sharon Andresen, school project coordinator, was notified earlier this month that the school would be featured in the Transitions section.
"Transitions highlights places that are threatened, lost, saved, and restored," writer Meghan White wrote in an email to Andresen. "It’s the longest-running department of the magazine and the most read."
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded, nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C., that works in the field of historic preservation and claims a membership of 750,000.
Doug Steinmetz, the Cedar Rapids architect who drew up plans for the restoration of Forest Grove, was interviewed along with Andresen.
Work on the severely dilapidated Forest Grove School was launched in the winter of 2012 and already is one of the bigger restoration stories in Iowa.
The school was built in 1873, closed in 1957 and is being restored to how it looked in 1923 to be used as a museum/interpretive center.
Work began with "squaring" the building and constructing a new foundation. Other major projects were building a new roof, new windows, a new front door and painting. Installation of a replicated bell tower on Sept. 6, 2016, was a project milestone.
At present the group is working on the interior, including drywall installation, flooring and replication of interior trim, Andresen said.
Fund-raising to pay for these projects is always ongoing.
The group's next trivia night fundraiser will be on Saturday at The Golden Leaf Banquet & Convention Center, 2902 E. Kimberly Road, Davenport. Reservations can be made by calling 563-343-2283 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org