MOULTONBOROUGH — Castle Preservation Society has announced the Fund to Finish Capital Campaign, a drive to raise $3,000,000 to complete the restoration of Castle in the Clouds, the historic 1914 Lucknow Estate in Moultonborough.
In 2002 the Lakes Region conservation Trust (LRCT) purchased Castle in the Clouds with nearly 2,000 donors contributing to the $5,900,000 purchase price – ensuring that the property's 5400 acres would be protected forever. Castle Preservation Society (CPS) was created in 2006 by the LRCT to take over the operation and restoration of Castle in the Clouds as a separate not for profit organization. Since then CPS has raised and spent over $2,300,000 on restoration of the historic Lucknow Estate. "We are especially proud that we are doing the restoration so efficiently, but still in compliance with the U.S. Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation," said CPS Board Chair John Merkle. "We are fortunate to have found wonderful craftsmen who can work at that level."
Ann Hackl, founding CPS Board Chair and former LRCT Chair who has been instrumental in raising funds for the purchase and restoration over the last 18 years, said: "CPS has been restoring the estate, addressing issues in the order of priority, deeply grateful for the support of the many loyal donors whose numbers have continued to grow as more and more people realize the importance of preserving this landmark property. We know that we will need everyone's help to cross that final finish line. Public support of our Fund to Finish will be key to its success."
In 2013 CPS quietly started soliciting funds to complete the restoration of the historic Lucknow mansion, its grounds, and the two gate lodges, as well as the rehabilitation of the Carriage House. With the generous support of key donors, CPS is pleased to announce that 38% of the goal has already been met. "It is exciting to be able to publicly announce this effort," noted CPS Executive Director Charles Clark. "After several years of replacing rotted timbers, re-pointing failing masonry, and revitalizing the interior spaces of Lucknow, the goal of a fully restored and preserved Castle is within reach."
Castle in the Clouds is a not for profit organization owned and managed by the Castle Preservation Society and dedicated to the interpretation and preservation of the historic Thomas G. Plant Estate. Information about upcoming events and programs at the Castle can be found on their website www.castleintheclouds.org, or by calling 603-476-5900.
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