by Kate Nixon
The first phase of the Craftsman Farms exterior lighting project is underway, despite weather woes and an excavation gaffe. The project includes installing reproduction lampposts near the Log House and cottages and additional walk way lighting along the property. Plans to start the project were delayed due to several days of rain – the weather cleared on Friday and work resumed.
Starting up the excavation Friday, the excavator hit the water line to the administration building – which only affected the one building and not the water across the property. Fortunately, the project also included a new water line to the administration building and Education Center – Friday’s gaffe moved up the installation of the water line and will be set in place this week.
“It’s been a challenge to stay open to the public during this project but I have reminded myself that we’ve weathered more difficult storms AND we have much more to come when the Education Center begins in late November,” says Vonda Givens, Executive Director at Craftsman Farms. “It’s an exciting time to be part of this organization!” Currently, open trenches have been dug across the property. There is more digging to be done by the Log House, but that step has been delayed until the museum closes on Tuesday.
The Stickley Museum at Craftsman Farms is a non-profit dedicated to operating and supporting the 30-acre National Historic Landmark and the centerpiece of Gustav Stickley’s early 20th century country estate. The Log House – originally the Stickley Family home – is considered one of the most significant landmarks of the American Arts and Crafts Movement.