Train Station Interior Renovation Update

By continuing to strengthen our public-private partnership with the Lake Forest community and The City of Lake Forest, we are pleased to report significant progress toward bringing restoration of the Station interior to reality. While the City continues its work on restroom and life-safety improvements, the Foundation is concentrating on the waiting room and ticket area. Our goal is coming into sight.

We’re particularly grateful for a recent $10,000 boost provided by the North Shore Chapter of the Daughter’s of the AmericanRevolution, plus a $10,000 donation made by a generous LakeForest resident, which helped put our goal within $50,000 of what is needed to complete our phase of the interior with historically-accurate improvements. These donations, added to the Foundation’s $25,000 match, proceeds of 2016 Annual Fund, and other community support, will help ensure the upcoming installation of a terra cotta waiting-room floor similar to the original 1900 flooring, which lasted for nearly 100 years.

The total raised so far also provides a start on funding restoration of the waiting room’s recently-discovered horizontal plank wainscoting and the plaster walls above it. In order to complete the wainscoting-walls project, restoration of the waiting room benches, and re-creation of the Station’s original gas-electric power fixtures, an additional $50,000 is required. Donations of every size are welcome, and every donation will make a difference in completing this project “the right way” for future generations.

Please stop by the Station and take a look at ongoing work and historic discoveries recently made. Then decide how you can help. You can make a tax-deductible contribution by using the button Paypal under Annual Fund or by contacting the LFPF office at 847-234-1230 or . Checks should be sent to the Foundation, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL  60045
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