Kump Center renovations continue

Last week while writing about the transforming electrical project at the historic Kump House, I failed to mention that this project and five other major projects have been partially funded through the WV State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO).

I have enjoyed working with Susan Pierce and Pam Brooks at SHPO since 2008 when Mary Gamble Kump bequeathed the Kump house to the City of Elkins. In 2008 after the City of Elkins accepted ownership of Kump house, City Council appointed me as volunteer director and we applied for a planning grant.

In 2009 Michael Mills prepared the Historic Structures Report & Reuse Plan for the Kump House Grant funded by a SHPO Planning Grant.

In 2010 the first SHPO Preservation Grant was for a new roof. Chuck Preusch of Reliable Roofing got the contract for this very complex undertaking.

In 2011 the next Preservation Grant helped repoint bricks. This project was done by Wolf Creek Contracting Company from Waterford, Ohio.

In 2012 the third Preservation Grant was for reglazing, repairing, and painting windows on the west elevation done by Allegheny Restoration of Beckley.

In 2013 The John Hart Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution helped us get a National DAR Grant to stabilize the east elevation. Ed Devine of Elkins raised the back second floor porch roof four inches and rebuilt the deteriorated column.

In 2014 city of Elkins excavators built a parking lot and driveway to Seneca Road.

In 2015, with the fifth Preservation Grant we hired Smith Backhoe to restore drainage on the south and west sides of the house.

In 2016 without grant funds we hired Ed Devine and Dave Windell to rehab walls, doors, plumbing and wiring to create a basement classroom and ADA restroom.

In 2017 we planned for internal infra-structure projects.

In 2018, with our sixth Preservation Grant, Michael Marrs removed and replaced the 94-year-old Electrical System and is establishing a new electrical service. We are also preparing to work with Malcolm Long and David Davis to install two new boilers and make the old radiators work again for the first winter since H.G. Kump died in 1962.

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