Bellefonte Art Museum Awarded $50,000 State Grant For Porch, Four-Season Room Restoration Project

(HARRISBURG) – The Bellefonte Art Museum has been awarded a $50,000 “Marketing to Attract Tourists” grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, according to Sen. Jake Corman (R-34).

Corman said the museum, which is housed in Bellefonte’s Historic Linn House, will use the funding to complete its porch and four-season room restoration project to better accommodate more visitors, improve safety, enhance the facility and restore areas that currently cannot be used because of age and disrepair.

“The preserved porches will help the building retain its architectural integrity and will dramatically increase the usable space in the museum and accommodate outside activities,” Corman said. “The project will also enable the museum to address safety concerns, including railing heights that do not meet code and rotted and loose floors and railings.”

The grant funds will be used to re-point brickwork on the ground level wall, restore and rebuild the currently unused four-season room, add electricity and outlets, and replace rotted decking with yellow pine deck boards.

“The museum attracts many visitors and these repairs will make it and the arts more accessible to all members of our community,” Corman said. “This is an investment that promotes tourism and the arts here in Centre County while ensuring this wonderful historic and popular landmark is preserved for future generations to use and enjoy.”

 

CONTACT: Jenn Kocher (717) 787-1377 or jkocher@pasen.gov