The estate encompasses 34 acres and three buildings: Lynnewood Hall (100,000 sqft), Lynnewood Lodge (16,000 sqft), and the Gatehouse (5,000 sqft). The Lodge and the Hall measure 116,000 square feet combined and will effortlessly accommodate education, recreation, and other possible usages.
Phase One: Grounds restoration, stabilization, and mechanical systems – budget: $20-30,000,000
The initial goal of acquiring Lynnewood Hall – perhaps the largest hurdle of all – has finally been accomplished, after an expenditure to date of more than $9,000,000. LHFP must now raise funds for ongoing maintenance and the start of the master plan for the overall preservation of Lynnewood Hall. While initial funds were secured for the property’s acquisition, additional capital must now be raised to provide critical systems upgrades, preservation planning details, and comprehensive studies of Lynnewood Hall to assess the current condition and determine the best steps forward.
Phase Two: Formal gardens and restoration of buildings – budget: $25,000,000
Our next goal is to raise funds for the restoration of the Lynnewood Hall formal gardens and open spaces so that they may be returned to the community. Situated on 34 acres, the estate includes what was once thought to be one the finest residential French gardens in the United States. These gardens will be restored to their original beauty with a focus on sustainability, providing training and jobs in horticulture preservation trades.
Phase Three: Interiors and finishing, curation, and acquisitions – budget: $40,000,000
Once the grounds and exterior spaces of Lynnewood Hall have been restored, the next phase will focus on the home’s interior spaces. Planning and engagement efforts will identify uses to expand and improve amenities for the community’s benefit, including the art galleries, educational opportunities, dining, and venues for public gatherings and events.
The LHPF educational mission will be fully realized during this phase of the project with opportunities for real world learning from a wide range of artisan and restoration partners.
Ongoing Costs: $1,000,000 annually
LHPF recognizes that on-going costs for operations, security, staffing, technology, and outreach, is essential in reaching the planned goals, but can be scalable over time.
To preserve and gift this great property to future generations, fund our mission, pay overhead costs, develop educational programs, and make improvements to benefit the community at large, we need your help.
Donations, no matter how large or small are an essential component to our success. Through a combination of virtual and online fundraising along with periodic fundraising events, major gifts and matches, we will develop and implement a sustained funding plan for the fulfillment of actions and objectives identified in our master plan.
LHPF will begin with a crowdfunding initiative on our website and utilize strategic partnerships to reach a broad audience of interest and support. We will develop and implement a sustained funding plan for the fulfillment of actions & objectives identified.
Multiple revenue sources, financial management, and operational efficiencies are crucial to meeting these objectives. Our intended outcome is to take action that produces sufficient long-term funding and to strive toward economic viability through sustainable internal revenue models.
Partnerships with strong national, state, and local preservation organizations form vital links among the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Partnerships with mutually aligned educational institutions offering historic preservation, restoration, trades, and applied arts programs will open additional funding sources. Identifying partners with common goals that can support the preservation, restoration, and interactive educational facility is fundamental to the long-term economic success of LHPF’s mission.
LHPF’s initial costs of restoration and upkeep will be expensive, but partnering with education programs for restoration work will promote a more economically viable and systematically practical approach to large expense, early phase projects. Offering innovative and interactive programming will provide the best capital returns; therefore, LHPF must provide a programming initiative that will engage donors when determining gift amounts