Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Save The Mount!

My friend over at Pigtown Design mentioned this a while back - I had read the same article in the NY Times and was so surprised to hear of the situation. I read today that The Mount has been given an extenstion but still must raise $3 million by April 24th. Here are the details via Luxist:

The organization that owns author Edith Wharton's Lenox, Massachusetts estate, "The Mount" is fighting foreclosure. The Boston Herald reports that they recently received a one-month extension to raise the $3 million needed to save the home. So far the group has raised $560,463 from donors around the world but they have to raise $3 million by April 24 to avoid foreclosure by the Berkshire Bank in Pittsfield. The good news is that an anonymous donor has pledged to match the $3 million which would allow the group to restructure its debt. The foundation website reports that donations will be processed only if The Mount meets its fundraising goal, otherwise they will destroy all checks and credit card slips.

Wharton, the author of Ethan Frome, The House of Mirth and The Age of Innocence, designed and built the house in 1902. She wrote over 40 books in 40 years, including authoritative works on architecture and gardens and was the first woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. The Mount is one of the five percent of National Historic Landmarks dedicated to women. It only gets around 30,000 visitors a year but is a lovely and significant reminder of a more gracious era.

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1 comment:

Pigtown-Design said...

Thanks for the mention! I think that they finally got a way to donate on-line, which they were missing when the original article came out.

Hope you had a good easter!