Efforts are approaching the point where a final fundraising push is needed to help the Three Lakes Center For The Arts get enough money to fix it's leaky roof and other repairs.
Construction of the building began in December of 1948 – more than 70 years ago. The building is a Quonset hut, whose life expectancy is about 50 years.
Three Lakes Center for the Arts President Collette Sorgel says the leaky dormers have been taken off and have been sealed for the winter. Insulation has been put in above the gallery to limit ice blockage, and part of the roof has been replaced. She says the furnaces face challenges that will need to be addressed.
She says fundraising continues..
"...We still need some money. We're hoping we can fundraise between now and May to get the major portion of the $65,000 that we still need. We have about $160,000 that we've collected and have gracious donors and businesses and private individuals donate. We're very pleased we've made it that far..."
When warmer weather arrives, more construction will begin on a process that Sorgel says 'has a long way to go yet'. She says about 10 years ago, leaders decided to return the building to its original state after other uses of the building...
"Now it's just getting old and tired and we need the help to give it a face lift and keep it going..."
Sorgel says if anyone wants to contribute, they can call the Three Lakes Center For The Arts, or or go to their website tlcfa.org