Storm damage delays benefit for Gatehouse

May 04, 1994|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Sun Staff Writer

The Sykesville Historic Commission has postponed indefinitely the Gatehouse benefit auction scheduled for Saturday.

Winter weather damaged several rooms in the Gatehouse, which was to be the site of the auction and the beneficiary of the proceeds.

"Like everything else, the Gatehouse didn't escape the bad winter," said Rebecca Herman, commission chairwoman. "We kept the heat on, but the pipes froze in January and caused water damage and falling plaster."

Auction organizers had hoped to fill the state-owned Gatehouse with donated items and sell them to the highest bidders. Proceeds were to help pay for the restoration of the historic building on Cooper Drive and to make it accessible to the handicapped.

The commission and other town officials planned to use the two-story, 100-year-old building for meetings and to display an extensive collection of local memorabilia. Much of the collection remains in storage for lack of exhibit space.

Sykesville signed a $1-a-year lease with the state for use of the Gatehouse last fall. The state has not turned over the keys to the commission, Ms. Herman said.

"We have signed the lease and are just waiting for the state's rubber stamp," she said.

Ms. Herman said maintenance crews from Springfield Hospital Center will repair the weather damage.

The commission will continue to accept any donations of furniture, glassware and tools for the auction, which Ms. Herman said she hopes to reschedule in the fall.

"I was hoping to get the spring housecleaning rush," she said. "Now, maybe I will get the fall housecleaning."

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