(Lenox, MA) The Mount, Edith Wharton’s home in Lenox, Mass. received a match challenge from the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Charitable Trust this past summer—to raise $50,000 toward the restoration of the exterior of the historic Stable. Thanks to the quick and overwhelming response of the community, The Mount exceeded this goal, and raised an additional $65,000, therefore securing the grant. This is in addition to an initial $50,000 given to The Mount by the Trust. All monies raised will be used to continue the restoration of the exterior of the Stable including repairing foundations, sills, sashes, doors and window frames; demolishing a coal bin; and installing utility upgrades.
“As proponents of historic preservation, the Board of the Fitzpatrick Trust is pleased to support the Mount’s most recent initiative of restoring the exterior of the 115 year-old Stable,” said Robert Trask, Managing Trustee of the Trust.
This phase of restoration was started in fall 2015 thanks to a gift by a private donor. Jan Winkler and Hermine Drezner gave an initial donation and made a second generous gift in early spring so work could continue uninterrupted as The Mount waited to hear from additional funding sources. In May, The Mount received two major grants to assist in the necessary renovations. The Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded $100,000 to The Mount from its Cultural Facility Fund. In addition, The Mount secured $150,000 from a private foundation. Now, thanks to the Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Foundation and the support of the community, the restoration work will continue through spring 2017.
“Foot-by-foot, yard-by-yard, we are getting there. This past season, visitors were greeted by a much improved Stable. Now, thanks to the Trust and our supporters, we will be able to finish this phase of the exterior restoration,” said Susan Wissler, executive director of The Mount. “It will be a huge boon to The Mount and to the community when we achieve our ultimate goal of turning it into a year-round programming facility.”
The Stable was designed and constructed by Hoppin & Koen in 1901-02. Architecturally, the building is a based on the stable at Belton House, an estate in Lincolnshire, England. Its original purpose was to shelter the Whartons’ horses and carriages. Before long, it was transformed into a garage for a succession of the Whartons’ motorcars. Servants and their families lived on the second floor. Today, the Stable is The Mount’s primary programming space, and is used to host lectures, dramatic readings, theater, music, storytelling, workshops, films, and literary panels.
For additional information and high-resolution pictures, please contact Rebecka McDougall at 413-551-5115.
About The Mount:
The Mount is a National Historic Landmark and cultural center that celebrates the intellectual, artistic, and humanitarian legacy of Edith Wharton. We engage a diverse audience by providing context to Wharton’s life and achievements through our educational and public programs and the conservation and preservation of her historic estate and gardens.
Each year, The Mount is host to over 44,000 visitors. Daily tours of the property are offered May through October, with special events throughout the year. Annual summer programming includes a joint exhibit with SculptureNow, Wharton on Wednesdays, Music After Hours, and the celebrated Monday Lecture Series. Exhibitions explore themes from Wharton’s life and work.
The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, Mass. For more information visit EdithWharton.org or call 413-551-5100.
About The Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust
The Jane and Jack Fitzpatrick Trust is a private charitable foundation, created by its namesake founders, to enhance and enrich the communities and residents of the Berkshires.