December 13, 1987 |
After three centuries in one place, Downingtown's historic - and neglected - log house is about to be moved and renovated. On Wednesday night, the Borough Council gave final approval to the local Historical Society to proceed with plans to move and restore the landmark building. For Francis Brown, a lifelong resident of Downingtown who has worked for more than a decade to save the structure, the action came as a triumph. "I can remember even my parents saying this house is the most important thing Downingtown has, and that was a long time ago," said Brown, who is 70. "We really can view it as one of the truly priceless houses in Pennsylvania.
June 7, 1987 |
The Downingtown Borough Council is mending fences over a disputed $35,000 pledge for restoration of its historic Log House. During the council's work session Wednesday, the group held a generally favorable discussion of a compromise proposed in a Tuesday memo by Council President William J. Whiteman. In the plan, the borough would hold the project's cost to $140,000, limit its own contribution to $35,000 and actively raise funds to lessen that contribution. Any money pledged by the council would come from a 20-year loan, not from the borough surplus.
August 6, 1989 |
Preservation and protection were the main themes at a work session Wednesday of the Downingtown Borough Council, which discussed an ordinance controlling underground storage tanks and the completion of the historic Log House project. Leonard Sideman, president of the Downingtown Historical Society, told the council that project architect Robert L. DeSilets has determined it will cost $55,925 to complete the renovation of the Log House, the oldest standing structure in the borough, and possibly all of Chester County.
March 13, 1988 |
After years of negotiations, words about relocating Downingtown's historic Log House finally have been replaced with work crews. Two weeks ago, borough officials and members of historical societies met to break ground on the foundation for the building, about 50 feet away from the present location. And last week, a crew of workers from Newark, Del., began preparing the site for a move that could be completed by the end of the month. The Log House, which was built around 1700 and is considered one of the oldest houses in the state, has for years been subject to the destructive force of traffic along Lancaster Avenue.
October 25, 1990 |
During her 22 years as a Philadelphia Police officer with the Juvenile Aid Division, Martha Brown of East Marlborough Township says, she learned to face the facts, to obtain the "who, what, where and when" of every story. Now Brown, 60, is retired and has a problem she's not sure she can solve: She wants to save a log house on her property. To do so, however, she must break a legal agreement she made with the township in February 1989. Brown grew up in the house but said she didn't realize that the house had historic value until a few months ago, when she hired a contractor to begin dismantling the structure, in compliance with the township agreement, by removing layers of old siding.
July 30, 1989 |
The restoration of the oldest standing structure in Downingtown - and possibly all of Chester County - should be finished by the end of the year. At a work session Wednesday night, the Downingtown Borough Council heard a progress report on the Log House, which was built in 1701 and is believed to be one of the oldest standing structures in the state. Deterioration over the years and botched restoration efforts led to a coordinated push by the Downingtown Historical Society and the Borough Council to raise money for the restoration.
January 28, 1990 |
The Downingtown Borough Council has tentatively approved additional funds to complete restoration of the historic Log House. The council agreed at a work session Wednesday to provide $28,335 to complete the project after representatives from 18th Century Restoration of East Nantmeal said that unforeseen problems had pushed the total cost beyond the original estimate. The council will vote on final approval at its public meeting on Feb. 7. The Log House, built in 1701, is believed to be one of the oldest standing structures in the state.
September 25, 1988 |
Work on Downingtown's historic Log House - which has been on hold since the house was moved last spring - is scheduled to begin in earnest this fall. Four bids for restoration of the house are now being reviewed by the Downingtown Historical Society, and an archaeological dig near the 18th- century house in Kerr Park will begin Saturday. "After a bit of a hiatus since the house was moved some months ago, we're ready to complete the project," said Leonard Sideman, president of the Historical Society.
April 3, 1988 |
A dispute between the Downingtown Borough Council and the Historical Society that could have left the Log House restoration project underfunded apparently will be resolved when the society releases a financial statement, Leonard Sideman, the president of the society, said Wednesday. "We're not interested in bickering (about) this question of money," Sideman said. "It is the society's intention and desire that this project actually get accomplished. " The dispute began two weeks ago, after the society asked the council to turn over more than $8,000 in profits from the sale of the book The History of Downingtown, published in 1982.
May 17, 1987 |
After a spirited debate on spending - and before a walkout by the mayor - the Downingtown Borough Council has pledged $35,000 to help restore the borough's historic Log House. The vote at the meeting Wednesday night was 5-1, with only Councilwoman Denise DiEuliis arguing that the borough should not set aside extra money for the long-awaited restoration, which has risen in cost from $100,000 to $140,000. The borough has agreed to pay the rest of the project's cost if the Downingtown Historic Society fails to raise more money.