Historical Society wins Hurricane Sandy grant

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The Greenwich Historical Society recently received funds from the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant for Historical Properties in order to restore historic buildings damaged by the storm.

The grant reimburses the cost of repairs made to the Magdalene Bruker House at 42 Strickland Road in Cos Cob, which is part of the Historical Society campus.

The property lies across the street from the Bush-Holley House, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in 1934, the Tudor Revival residence preserves the style of the era. The house’s exterior has been retained, complete with brick and stucco walls, a slate roof and copper flashings and gutters. During the storm, the original slate roof suffered heavy damage and was deemed irreperable.

In the end, the grant covered the $40,240 replacement cost of the entire roof.

In addition to helping the Greenwich Historical Society, the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant has helped fund and service emergency repairs for properties on the National Register of Historic Places in Fairfield, New Haven, Middlesex and New London Counties. However, only damage sustained during the storm was eligible for grant assistance. The National Park Service and Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office were responsible for administering the grants as a part of $47.5 million in federal relief funding being offered to states affected by Sandy.

To learn more about the Magdalene Bruker house and Greenwich’s historical structures, visit Greenwichhistory.org or visit the Greenwich Historical Society campus in person. The society shares real estate records, photographs, surveys and other historical documents that would otherwise be unavailable.

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