Renovations resume at Lord-Higel Dwelling in Venice

Workers from Ball Construction are removing bad siding on the second floor of the Lord-Higel House, a 125-year-old structure that is the second-oldest home in Sarasota County. Eventually, the walls will be weather-sealed before new siding is installed.

VENICE – Personnel from Ball Building just lately started do the job on the exterior of the Lord-Higel House, the 2nd-oldest home in Sarasota County.

Restoration attempts on the dwelling – built in 1896 and moved from the south shore of Roberts Bay to its existing location at 409 Granada Ave. in 2005 – have been ongoing for numerous a long time.

Though the metropolis owns the dwelling, Venice Heritage Inc. has been increasing money for and taking care of the restoration effort and hard work.

Ronnie Fernandez, chairman of Venice Heritage Inc., told the Venice City Council in January 2020 that it had all the funding in hand to restore the historic structure.

But a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and the unforeseen have to have to restore the second floor’s exterior – in component to solution a drinking water intrusion problem – indicates that the nonprofit will have to resume fundraising to end the task.

The Lord-Higel House, which was built in 1896, is the second-oldest home in Sarasota County and the oldest home in Venice.

The work that Ball Design started out the week of Feb. 8 associated changing the siding on the next ground, to cease leaks.

“That experienced to just take priority around the primary project,” observed Venice Historical Methods supervisor Harry Klinkhamer.

“It was quite weakened due to the fact of the way it was put in,” Venice Heritage treasurer Dorothy Korwek said of the perform. “All the nails experienced rusted when metal rusts, it expands and cracks all the lumber.”

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