AmeriCorps helps Frankie House restoration move forward
CEDAR RAPIDS – Six members of AmeriCorps NCCC made great strides for preservation as they spent the day Aug. 12 working on the Frankie House.
The six, who are staying at the AmeriCorps campus in Vinton, scraped paint on the 1890s home to prepare it for priming.
Franklin Reed, of Melbourne, Fla., Masha Register of Virginia Beach, Va., Tyler Bonaccorsi of Boston, Myisha Kearney of Henderson, N.C., Jacqueline Snook of Portland, Ore., and Michaela Thurston, of Denver, Colo., are members of the Pine 3 AmeriCorps NCCC FEMA Corps.
The service program is for young adults, ages 18 to 24, who serve 10 months on projects sponsored by FEMA.
Scott Beck, owner of Beck’s Painting in Marion, instructed the group on safe removal of lead paint, which is required of older homes.
The Frankie House was moved in September 2015 to 1425 Fifth Ave. SE, from its previous location, just a few blocks away, after Save CR Heritage offered to have the home relocated.
Westminster Presbyterian Church, the former owner of the house, had taken out a demolition permit, but agreed to sell it for $10 if it was moved.
Volunteers and contractors have been preparing the house to sell later this year as affordable housing.
The house, likely the first built on the block, was named in honor of a young girl, Frankie, who died in the home in its early years.
Tax-deductible donations and in-kind work are still being accepted to complete the Frankie House project. Donate here or contact Save CR Heritage at: firstname.lastname@example.org