Centre Furnace Mansion Receives $100,000 Grant for Historic Preservation Project

(HARRISBURG) – The Centre County Historical Society has been awarded $100,000 in state funding through the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program to rehabilitate Centre Furnace Mansion in State College, according to Senator Jake Corman (R-34).

“This grant is vital to rehabilitating and restoring our local landmark,” Corman said. “It will help to promote economic development, create jobs and improve our communities. We must work to preserve pieces of history like the Centre Furnace Mansion.”

The grant will help with the replacement of the mansion’s wood-shingle roof and other roof repairs. It also will help pay for the restoration of the ground-level porch and balconied second-floor porch as well as fix exterior trim.

Corman said the funding comes from the Commonwealth’s Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. This fund was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1993 using revenue from the voter-approved sale of bonds and from a portion of the state realty transfer tax.

Keystone Historic Preservation Grants, which require a 50/50 cash match, are available for the preservation, restoration and/or rehabilitation of historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The grants are administered on a competitive basis.

 

CONTACT: Jennifer Kocher  jkocher@pasen.gov