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$250,000 Donated to Restoration of Schieffelin Hall
Fri, Dec 17, 2021
On Monday, December 13, the Tombstone Restoration Commission received a $250,000 donation to specifically be used for the restoration of Schieffelin Hall.  According to Tombstone Restoration Commission President Bob Ramirez, in early November they were contacted by Linda Krater, the Trustee for Walter R. Ferguson Foundation out of Florida, and notified about the upcoming donation.

“We are very thankful that they took interest in providing a donation to restore Schieffelin Hall and Tombstone’s historic buildings,” said Ramirez.   Tombstone Restoration Commission Treasurer Burt Devere also said how pleased the commission is with the donation. “This will go a long way with restoring Schieffelin Hall, whether it will be enough we do not know yet but it will give us a good start.”

“This will also make people aware of the Tombstone Restoration Commission and what it does and what it has done in the past,” said Devere.
According to Devere and Ramirez, retired Adobe Contractor Bob Barnes of St. David was chosen as the Project Manager. Sometime after the first of the year, the Restoration Commission will get started on the plans. The Tombstone Restoration Commission meets on the third Monday of the month, however, the next meeting will be held in January.  “I appreciate Burt Devere and Bob Ramirez for their efforts in acquiring the $250,000 donation through Tombstone Restoration Commission to do some badly needed repairs and restorations to our Historical Schieffelin Hall,” said Mayor Escapule.

The Walter R. Ferguson Charitable Foundation is a private foundation in Fort Lauderdale, FL and was founded in 1998.

Original Link:  The Tombstone News

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Schieffelin Hall Restoration Project Running Smoothly
July 1, 2022

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Susan Wallace, President of the Chamber of Commerce, but here today as a representative of the Tombstone Restoration Commission, is crawling carefully in the dirt through a hole under a massive crumbling adobe wall supporting Schieffelin Hall. “Pass me that lamp,” she says excitedly. “See? I’m under the main floor now. And the wood support beams are still intact!”

Wallace recently joined Mayor Escapule and architect Robert Barnes to look at progress from the $250,000 private foundation gift that Susan’s Tombstone Restoration Commission brought in. The money came just in time, before the imminent monsoon season. Turns out that the very visible long crack on the 4th Street side of the building... wasn’t the real problem at all.

“That crack is just on the surface,” said Barnes. “Probably from too-small roof gutters. The adobe on that street-side wall is just fine. But once we started work, we found the REAL problem. And it’s huge. You see that adobe wall Susan’s crawling under? It is a major building support, 34’ tall, 18” thick. On the other side from where we are standing in the actors’ dressing room under the stage, in the back of an unused old room, there was an old toilet. And the toilet seal corroded and cracked, and water leaked for years onto the floor and then into the huge adobe wall.”

“On this side, you couldn’t tell that the wall was failing... because it was covered by drywall. But when we stripped that away, we had a real shock. Large chunks of adobe had disintegrated. Which caused the wall to rotate vertically... lowering the main floor on one side by over an inch... well on its way to collapse.”

“But you caught it in time,” said Mayor Escapule. “Yes,” replied Barnes. “Thanks to the TRC donation and rapid help from your Public Works Department, we brought in adobe specialist Eric Means and Steve Hess, our Structural Engineer. At this point, we’ve cleared away the broken adobe blocks, and poured several concrete reinforcements to shore up the wall. Over where the hole is, we have steel jacks in place until we do concrete work there also. But we got here in time, and the wall is safe, the toilet leak is stopped, and we won’t have any more leaks from the coming monsoon.”
Which took our group to the other side of the wall, to the long room that had the leaky toilet at its north end. Barnes pointed up at the high ceiling, showing the Mayor how they had patched a few minor leaks up above.

“We also had Brian Hope from Bisbee do a LIDAR scan,” Barnes continued. “Back in the day, they built Schieffelin Hall without any plans. And now, thanks to new LIDAR — Light Detection and Ranging technology — we have a complete set of architectural plans for this historic old building! The LIDAR data goes right into Autocad, and then into Revit for rapid 3-D modeling.”
“And look at this!” exclaimed Susan, as she gently peeled back a piece of the faded old wallpaper on the wall. “Three layers... and I”ll bet the lowest layer is the original. We’ll send this to a wallpaper historian, and find out the pattern name and year.”

At this point, the team has completed the first phase of the Schieffelin Hall restoration project. The next phase will involve replacement gutters and more structural construction, overseen by architect John Riggs. “I’m really happy with the way things are going,” said Mayor Escapule at the end of the inspection tour. “We’ve brought in the right people for this important project and Schieffelin Hall will be secure and safe for many years to come.”

Original Link: The Tombstone News