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Ms. Waggener is undertaking an extensive restoration of her home, Greynook, which was built in 1895 and was referred to in Scientific American as “…a design most exquisitely executed.” The grant helps to fund repair of elaborate cast iron porch railings and wood porch doors, both of which are integral components of the house’s prominent street-facing elevation.
With this work, Greynook will remain a vital and visible part of the Marina Park Historic District, where local community groups such as the Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community are working to illuminate the historic value of Bridgeport’s South End.
The Edward F. Gerber Urban Preservation Fund supports the preservation of private historic homes in Connecticut. It allows Historic New England to continue its work to build a powerful network of historic preservation and community stakeholders by providing critical support to maintaining private historic homes in Connecticut’s urban areas for the benefit of homeowners and their communities.