Historic Wilmington Foundation loans Children’s Museum money for restoration

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Submitted: Wed, 03/07/2012 - 7:44pm
Updated: Wed, 03/07/2012 - 7:49pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Children’s Museum of Wilmington is getting some help taking care of its home.

The Historic Wilmington Foundation is loaning the museum $23,000 for restoration. The money will help the museum make needed repairs to the historic St. John’s Masonic Lodge, the former Greek Orthodox Church and the Cowan House that it calls home.

“They’re going to be repairing the roof,” Historic Wilmington Foundation board member Don Britt said. “As you know, a bad roof will cause more trouble than anything in the world. And I think the total cost of the project is in the neighborhood of $70,000, and I think what was going to happen is, we loan them this money, they’ll pay this back.”

The loan stipulates that the owners will donate a preservation easement on the buildings to the foundation ensuring their permanent protection.

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