fulton-county-masonic-buildingThe Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently awarded 17 grants through the Historic Renovation Grant Program.  SRKM Architecture of Warsaw, assisted the building owner and the Fulton County Economic Development Office in obtaining $100,000 for the restoration of the Historic Masonic Lodge Building.  Originally constructed in 1869, the three story masonry building will be re-purposed with 1st Floor commercial, 2nd Floor residential, and 3rd Floor Banquet space.

“Indiana is full of historic properties that are being utilized to enhance their community’s quality of life and economy,” said Lt. Governor Holcomb. “Over the years, a number of historic properties have not been properly maintained and the Historic Renovation Grant Program gives communities the resources to restore them and truly better downtown economic development.”      (from OCRA press release)

SRKM worked closely with Fulton County Economic Development Corporation on historic preservation aspects and the text of the grant application.  “Historic downtowns remain the heart and soul of our small cities and towns.” said Brent Martin, firm co-owner.   His partner, Jeff Kumfer added:  “The cooperative effort with Terry Lee and the staff and Fulton County EDC, were key to the successful grant application and we look forward to an outstanding new asset for downtown Rochester.”