Farmstead Awarded $140,424 Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant for 2015
The Friends of the KMS Farmstead received a generous Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant for work to be done on the English Barn, Farm House and Ice House in 2015. Project work, expected to be started this spring and completed by mid July, includes, for the English Barn: installing a store front entrance on the north entrance, installing additional basic interior lighting and exterior lights, a path to the southwest door and work on the drop stalls.
Work on the farmhouse includes repairing and stabilizing the basement steps, repairing the plaster ceiling in the dining room and kitchen and installing fire-resistant sheetrock in the closet under the second-floor staircase. Work on the ice house includes installing a cedar shake roof. Read more at http://patch.com/new-jersey/baskingridge/140424-grant-awarded-restore-historic-basking-ridge-farmhouse
2015 Local Arts Program Grant Received
The Friends received a 2015 Local Arts Program Grant of $7,000. The Grant program is administered by the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funds awarded by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. The award, which is the largest awarded by the program for 2015, will provide much needed funding The for arts programming, including an expansion of the current theater program, concert series and gallery shows. Funds would also be used for web design, an updated brochure, and for marketing and general operating expenses.
Farmstead Arts Honors and Awards
2011 New Jersey Historic Preservation Award
2010 Lorraine Passmore Historic Preservation Award from the Historic Society of Somerset Hills
Speaker at the New Jersey Historic Trust 2011 Annual Meeting – Preservation Looks Forward – Does it Have to be a House Museum? Alternative Uses for Historic Treasures
Farmstead Arts Grants
Funding and Preservation Success
Somerset County government, as well the New Jersey Historic Trust and the Township of Bernards and the Historical Society of the Somerset Hills has provided encouragement and crucial funding from the very beginning of the Farmstead project –including:
Acquisition and Emergency Preservation Funding from Bernards Township
Eleven Somerset County Historic Preservation Grants totaling $1,177,000
Two Garden State Preservation Trust Grants totaling $616,393
1772 Foundation Grant for $11,500
And Programming and General Operating Support from:
The New Jersey State Council on the Arts through the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission Local Arts Programming Grant Program
The New Jersey Council on the Humanities
The Historical Society of Somerset Hills
The Bonafides of Somerset Hills
The Rotary Club of Bernardsville
Summary of Completed Preservation Activities
1999 Acquisition using funds from the Township of Bernards’ Municipal Open Space Tax ($3,500,000).
2001-2002 Preparation of Preservation Plan, archeological studies and National Register nomination ($74,074).
2003 Emergency Stabilization of the Wagon House and Cow Shed ($7,112). Installation of cribbing and protective fence.
2006-2014 Farmhouse Restoration and Adaptive Use Project over multiple phases. The first phase of work included new wood shingle roof, framing repairs/reinforcement, partial reconstruction of historic stone foundation wall, restore clapboard siding, window and door restoration, plaster repairs, new HVAC system, new lavatory, new fire-life-safety systems and the installation of a new ADA barrier-free ramp ($719,600 for A/E Fees and Construction Costs). A 2011 Somerset County Historic Preservation grant of $118,504 provided funding for basement structural support for the living room floor, installation of a stone stoop at the south entry door, insulation of the attic, repair & repainting of all windows, repair of the southern exterior door, installation of a door for the A/C closet, and building sidewalks on the north and south side of the Farm House; as well as complete restoration of the well house, development of a preservation plan for the cow shed; and repair of one of the interior beams in the English Barn. In 2013, Somerset County awarded the Friends a $168,000 Historic Preservation Grant to stabilize the fireplace in the dining room of the Farm House, install electricity, basic lighting, a security system and an ADA ramp in the English Barn, replace the badly deteriorated roof tarp on the Cow Shed; and install an historic marker.
2003-2005: English Barn Exterior Restoration Project, including emergency stabilization of English Barn and demolition of the Dairy Barn including framing repairs/reinforcement, new wood shingle roof, clapboard siding, masonry restoration and painting ($333,136 for A/E Fees and Construction Costs).
2010 – Present: English Barn Interior Restoration/Adaptive Reuse Project, including a grant of $176,483 from the NJ Historic Trust to prepare the interior of the English Barn for public use, including the elevation of two transverse beams that limited use of the west end of the barn (using a portion of the 2011 County Grant), installation of a concrete slab and partial wood floor; and a weather-tight emergency-egress door on the south side of the barn. In 2013, Somerset County awarded the Friends a $168,000 Historic Preservation Grant which includes funds to install electricity, basic lighting, a security system and an ADA ramp in the English Barn, as well as the work on the Farm House detailed above. In 2013, the Friends also received a matching grant of $11,500 to paint the English Barn and restore the trim.
Eight Somerset County grants from the Historic Preservation Grant Program totaling $722,215 (2001-2004 and 2006- 2008)
Two state grants from the Garden State Preservation Trust, including one for $440,393 in 20—for initial preservation and restoration of the Farmhouse and one in 2011 for $176,000 for restoration of the interior of the English Barn
2011 Somerset County Historic Preservation Grant for improvements to the farmhouse, restoration of the ice house and well, and stabilization of the cow shed.
New Jersey State Council on the Arts through the Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission LAP Grant for arts programming and general operating support – 2011, 2012 and 2013
Somerset County Cultural and Heritage Commission for arts programming during History Weekend
New Jersey Council on the Humanities Grant 2013
Bonafides of Somerset Hills for exterior lighting at the Farmstead
Rotary Club of Bernardsville for the sign on King George Road and general operating support
Historical Society of Somerset Hills for general operating support
Completion of the preservation and restoration of the Farmstead is the top priority of the Friends, with the goal of preserving the Farmstead as an important part of the history of Somerset County and Bernards Township and making Farmstead Arts a premiere arts and cultural center that will benefit the entire community and surrounding areas of Somerset County and beyond.
- Continue grant requests and other funding opportunities
- Grow the Board of Trustees
Future goals for the English Barn envision four season use by providing for insulation of the exterior walls and roof, a forced air heating system and ventilation system, rest room facilities and air conditioning In the shorter term, the Trustees and area volunteers are working to provide a moveable stage, theatrical equipment, specialty lighting and moveable seating. Longer range plans include full site restoration and the rehabilitation/reconstruction of the Wagon House and Cow Shed. While still in the “dream” stage, thoughts for use of a restored wagon house include use as an arts classroom, and potentially a pottery studio. The vision for the use of the cow shed is as a welcome center with displays that will bring to life the history of the Farmstead.
Short term goals for the Farmhouse include gallery lighting for the Martin and Stelle rooms, first and second floor repairs, and wood window shutters and hardware for 15 windows. Items in the English Barn include installation of a door or lock system to provide convenient access to the Barn and installation of a wood floor in the west end. We also plan to commission a plan for adaptive use for the dairy barn foundation, dairy barn foundation modification and installation of a south sliding door steps, ramp or other access. A landscape plan, including a circulation and parking plan and implementation of the plan is also envisioned.