Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp recently received a $150,000 grant to repair its aging Main Lodge. The money came from the Colorado Historical Society's State Historical Fund.
The money will be used to repair the walls, roof, ceilings and floors of the Main Lodge, a structure built in 1918.
The repairs are the second phase of a major reconstruction project to save the historical building. The first phase was completed last winter, when the Main Lodge was retrofitted with a foundation.
"Typical of the buildings at Perry-Mansfield, it had been added to many times," Perry-Mansfield Board President Karolynn Lestrud said. "The first piece of the lodge was built in 1918, but as the program grew, Charlotte (Perry) would call her brother, Bob, and ask him to send some guys up, and they'd add on a piece."
The Main Lodge serves as the cafeteria and kitchen for students and faculty during the summer. It also contains the Fireplace Room, which functions as a social area and classroom. There also is an art classroom underneath the faculty dining room.
"During camp season, every inch of the building is used almost every part of the day," Lestrud said.
After the planned repairs are made, a mostly cosmetic third phase of construction is planned for the Main Lodge building.
"I'm not sure when we'll get to that," Lestrud said. "There are so many other buildings that need to get important work done first."