This project will stabilize and rehabilitate for re-use 'Opendore' [Isabel Howland House], a large 19th - early 20th century residence in the historic Hamlet of Sherwood, located along the edge of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor in southern Cayuga County. The historic use of ?Opendore? was as the gracious Howland family home where, a century ago, Isabel Howland and her family hosted numerous important public rallies promoting women's rights. The building, acquired in 2008 by the Howland Stone Store Museum (HSSM) has the potential through rehabilitation and restoration, to fulfill the organization?s needs for additional museum exhibition and operational space as identified in the HSSM?s Strategic Plany. The project will restore and rehabilitate a total of +/- 2,700 sq. ft. of interior space in the North Wing and Library Wing of this historically significant residence to include handicapped access and basic support facilities for use as a museum. Specific project plans include:1. Stabilization of surviving building components.2. Abatement of asbestos-containing materials in North Wing and Library Wing.3. Documentation, disassembly, and storage of West Wing's west and south facades and the Northeast Porch. 4. Removal of collapsed Southeast Wings.5. Restoration of North Wing s.6 Adaptive reuse of Library Wing s.7. New water, sanitary, and electric service to the facility.8. site improvements.
Historic Property Acquisition, Development and Planning