Ruthmere Perimeter Wall Restoration Project
You may have heard that Ruthmere’s Historic Perimeter Wall is getting a facelift. The perimeter wall restoration began in 2017 and we need your support to finish the job! Watch the video above and share with friends and family. Learn how you can get free tickets to attend the Adopt-A-Pom Party being held at Fruit Hills Winery in Bristol on September 27.
UPDATE 2018 -- Historic preservation is a process, and every once in a while you get a curve ball thrown at you. The estimate for the total cost of the perimeter wall restoration now stands at $59,000. Approximately 50% of the restoration work is complete, but we need public support to continue the project.
A RAY OF SUNSHINE -- The entire south wall facing Beardsley Avenue (the most complicated portion of the project by far) is complete! Please take a close look the next time you pass Ruthmere. The work is stunning and presents the public with the appropriate first impression of our "Jewel of Indiana."
NEW FOR 2018 -- We are exploring the installation of a new east gate entrance to the Ruthmere courtyard garden, making the grounds far more accessible for major events utilizing the east lawn, such as Drive-In Fridays. This alteration of the Ruthmere property has been authorized by Indiana Landmarks (pending design approval) to ensure that we appropriately honor the past while we build for a brighter future. This gate will cost $4,000 to build and install, but it will be well worth the effort once complete.
WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER -- We have re-doubled our efforts to uncover additional grant funding sources. In 2016-2017 we have raised a total of 30,924. The seed grant of $17,000 the Community Foundation of Elkhart County helped us to launch this project. We are in need of $32,076 to complete the restoration. Work on the perimeter wall project has been temporarily suspended until additional funding can be secured.
We are turning to the community for support. To donate to the Perimeter Wall Project call 574-264-0330 ext 105 or go to Another Brick in the Wall. Thank you for your support of historic preservation in Elkhart.