By JB Clark
TUPELO – The community was able to tour the Spain House in its new location at the corner of Church and Carnation streets Saturday night.
The tours were a part of a fundraiser dinner to help the Tupelo Preservation Society get enough money to ask for a matching grant from the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Doyce Deas, president of the Tupelo Preservation Commission, said they hope to raise $40,000 by the end of September in order to apply for a $200,000 matching grant.
“They have a 20 percent match grant and we hope to apply for $200,000,” she said. “That will allow us to rebuild the porches and put in a new roof. We’re ultimately going to take the house back to how it originally looked.”
The evening included live music, wine and fried chicken in addition to the home tours.
“It’s in amazing shape since it was moved in December,” Deas said. “Upstairs, in the back bedroom, you can’t even tell it was disassembled and moved because they cut along the seam of the boards.”
In order for the preservation society to be able to ask for a $200,000 grant, they must have $40,000 committed to the Spain House restoration project before October.