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2016 a productive year for OHS

This year’s Old House Society (OHS) Annual Meeting was held at Vrooman Mansion on February 16th. The meeting was well-attended, beginning with a social hour and open viewing of the Mansion, while a live pianist played in the background.

Here is the summary of 2016 that was shared at the meeting “in a nutshell”:

  1. The success of the 2016 Annual Tour of Homes.
  2. Seven homes were salvaged by OHS before demolition in 2016.
  3. Four $500 Residential Improvement Grants were awarded.
  4. OHS implemented an improved membership database.
  5. 2016 financial statements were made available for viewing.
  6. Volunteer opportunities are available -- please contact OHS through the website email.
  7. Election of two new officers to the board: Rochelle Gridley and Dawn Peters. Quentin Rabideau was re-elected as a board member.

Old House Society’s Gift to the Street Award was presented to 9 Harwood Place, in the Founders’ Grove neighborhood, owned by local resident David Beich (pictured above addessing the meeting). David was honored for renovating 9 Harwood Place, but also recognized for purchasing and improving a total of 19 different old homes locally. David was also recognized for his very generous donations of tile to the OHS Architectural Salvage Warehouse over the years.

Local historian Mike Matejka and Dr. Gina Hunter spoke on Bloomington’s Historic West Side. The lecture included a map of early Bloomington that showed the neighborhoods where specific immigrant groups lived (particularly Germans and Swedes) and how they contributed to the growth and development of Bloomington through their labor efforts.

Check out the latest in the Warehouse

lightsAn ongoing, updated posting of photos of the newest items that have recently been added to our warehouse inventory can be found on our Facebook page. Click here to see photos of the latest items that have been salvaged by our warehouse crew or donated by generous patrons like you.

Mansions tour

The Christmas at the Mansions committee is looking for a mansion/house for the 2017 tour. The tour consists of Ewing Manor, David Davis Mansion and the Mystery mansion/house on the second Saturday in December. The Mystery House is a mystery to our patrons until the day of the tour, then it is revealed in the tour booklet.

Many people tour annually just to see the mystery house decorated in all its splendid Christmas finery. The Christmas at the Mansions tour is a fundraiser for Ewing Manor and David Davis to support educational programs and restoration, and the Mystery house owner selects a charity of their choice for a donation.

For additional information contact tour organizer Connie Barling at Connieb240@yahoo.com.

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