By Lena Mitchell
Daily Journal Corinth Bureau
CORINTH – More work and more funds are needed to get the Verandah-Curlee House Museum where supporters want it to be, but completed and ongoing work is assuring its structural integrity for many years to come.
Contractors are expected to finish the first phase of restoration by Dec. 1, which includes foundation repairs, leveling the floors, building a new porch floor and removing columns for repairs.
Dave Huwe, director of community development and planning, asked the city board last week to move the column work from phase 1 of the project to phase 2, because of deadline requirements to use grant funds, a request the board approved.
The contract allows 75 days for the roof work and with the columns now added to that, Huwe said it still seems like the pace with which the work is moving will bring completion by the end of the year.
“There was a period of time when nothing seemed to be happening, but now lots of work is being done,” said Larry Mangus, president of the Friends of the Siege and Battle of Corinth.
Next comes restoration, Mangus said, redoing the floors, getting the historic carpets cleaned and having some interpretation done inside the house.
What’s needed now is money to complete an electrical upgrade, install air conditioning and improve accessibility for disabled people. An existing elevator on the back side of the house must be made usable again, along with installation of accessible ramps and accessible parking.
The Siege and Battle of Corinth Commission is awaiting word on whether they will be awarded a grant to pay for those projects, he said.
However, they will be making appeals to individuals and groups for private funding to help with additional interior projects and restoring the grounds with sidewalks and appropriate period plantings, where grant funds generally are not available.