The historical Magdalene Bruker house is getting a touch up after Hurricane Sandy swept through the area, wreaking havoc on the Connecticut coastline.
"The winds from the storm dislodged the slate roof and we suffered extensive damage and leaking on the second floor," said Executive Director of the Greenwich Historical Society Debra Mecky.
This damage made the building eligible to receive funds from the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Assistance Grant for Historical Properties. The $40,240 grant will allow the Historical Society to properly fix the entire slate roof.
" Although the damage is only to a portion of the roof, it was built in 1934 and the slate is so brittle that in order for repairs to be done, the whole entire roof needs to be replaced. The grant will allow us to put good new roof on the house. The roof is really a defining characteristic of this building, and of the other properties along this part of the Strickland Road Historical District," Mecky said.
The original Magdalene Bruker house was a favorite spot among painters during the Cos Cob art colony between 1890 and 1930.
"Unfortunately, it went into disrepair and was torn down in the 1930s, at which point the house you see here today was built on that spot. It's part of a local historic district which has buildings that span the period from the early eighteenth century right through to the early twentieth century. It's important because it preserves a piece of our town that cannot change, it's protected in a local historic district, and it gives us a sense of the variety of architectural styles and the changes over time that occurred in our town," said Mecky.
The Greenwich Historical Society is hoping to being renovations before the fall, before any more bad weather can hit.