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Giles House Foundation Meets Deadline On Payoff Of Spout Springs Property

This article first appeared in issue 20, and was written by Staff.

Gov. Patton is seeking $25,000-a-year in ARC funds for restoration, rehab!

The Giles House Project is now secure. This month, according to Clara Metzmeier, funds had been committed to enable the Foundation to pay off the mortgage on the property by the May 15 deadline.

In addition, Governor Paul Patton is recommending that the Giles Foundation receive $25,000 a year in Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) funding in Kentucky's Fiscal Year 1998 ARC Investment Strategy.

The Foundation plans to develop the property into a community cultural center and tourist attraction. Once the house is fully operational, the Foundation will employ a director, caretaker and other temporary employees. The ARC funds would be used to repair existing buildings, install heating and air condition, rehab or install utilities, and construct handicapped accessibility. "I am pleased to recommend this project that will help showcase one of Kentucky's Historical landmarks," Governor Patton said. He added, "I'm a firm believer in the value of history and importance of preserving it for future generations."

While the existence of Giles House now appears to have been secured, the fund-raising will continue. Many of the Foundation members foresee a Giles Foundation which will match or exceed similar organizations for Jesse Stuart, Marjorie Rawling Kinnans, Carl Sandburg, Thomas Wolfe and other notable authors.

Gifts should be sent to: Janice Holt Giles and Henry Giles Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 932, Columbia, KY 42728. They may reach Clara Metzmeier at 502-465-6104.

This story was posted on 1998-05-15 12:01:01
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1998-05-15 - Photo Staff. FRANK METZMEIER, armed with a string trimmer, and Clara Metzmeier, editor of the Giles Foundation newsletter and a member of the Foundation's Board of Directors, worked at the house on a recent Saturday. Already, several carloads of tourists, from far and wide, are visiting the site.This item first appeared in Issue 20 of the print edition of Columbia! Magazine.
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