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Paying for Concord Landmark’s Paint Job

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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The Yellow House at Concord, NH’s historic Kimball-Jenkins Estate is, well, not so yellow these days. But the nonprofit that runs the estate hopes to change that soon, with help from some generous friends.

The Kimball-Jenkins Estate comprises a number of houses and other structures built by several generations of the Kimball family in Concord, starting before the American Revolution. The Yellow House is the oldest building still standing on the property, built in 1790.

Raising Funds

It’s a landmark located at what the Concord Monitor calls “the northern gateway of Main Street,” serving as something of a welcome to those coming in off of Interstate 393. But the Yellow House is faded and chipping and hasn’t had a paint job in 16 years, and the nonprofit that runs the estate (and the art school it houses) says it needs donations in order to give it a facelift.

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The Yellow House lies on the corner of the property where Main Street meets state Route 202.

Kimball-Jenkins is looking to raise the $50,000 it says is needed for the paint job on the house, which lies on the corner of the property where Main Street meets state Route 202. According to the Monitor, a local paint supplier, Capitol Paint and Wallpaper, has stepped up to help by providing the paint, and the job is going to go forward starting this week.

From Home to School

The Kimball-Jenkins estate was donated to the city of Concord in 1981 upon the death of Carolyn Jenkins, daughter of Louise Kimball and Walter Jenkins. Carolyn Jenkins was a theater director, and left the estate to become a center for arts education. The nonprofit Kimball-Jenkins School of Art now holds classes year-round, in addition to a summer art camp.

The estate grounds are also rented out for weddings and other events.

Challenges

In 2013, the Kimball-Jenkins Estate made the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance’s “Seven to Save” list due to fears stemming from roadway runoff flooding that affected the estate property.

According to the Monitor, when the nonprofit was created, an endowment meant to sustain it was sapped by Jenkins’ relatives, leaving the organization with meager means, and even seemingly small improvements like a paint job require extra fundraising.

“We still rely heavily, heavily on donations for operations and capital improvements like this,” operations manager Ryan Linehan told the Monitor.

   

Tagged categories: Exterior painting; Historic Structures; Renovation; Schools

Comment from Catherine Brooks of Eco-Strip, (8/18/2016, 9:37 PM)

Have the non-profit contact my company for equipment donations.


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