The Friends of Mills at Staatsburgh are currently focused on “Glazing Glory: Restoring the Historic Kitchen at Staatsburgh,” the largest project we’ve undertaken.
We’ve received two grants to accomplish this project.
The Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation’s Environmental Protection Fund awarded a $30,500 grant to the Friends to restore the tiled walls and ceilings of the kitchen. The Friends need to equally match this $30,500.
Contractor estimates came in higher than expected. We then applied for and are happy to say we received an additional grant of $300,000 from Parks & Trails New York. The Friends are required to match this grant at $30,000. However, we are allowed to match half in cash and half the value in in-kind work. Kathryn Whitman of our board is a certified architect and project manager. She is generously donating her time to oversee the project for the in-kind match.
This brings our total fundraising needs to $45,500. Your donation gift will go directly to help meet this goal.
It’s an extraordinary opportunity to bring the upstairs/downstairs story alive. A more inclusive and essential story can be told of the kitchen as the heart of the mansion and how the estate’s 3 French chefs, kitchen staff and servants created and served gourmet, 12-course French cuisine in an enormous formal dining room, using 19th and 20th-century tools and technology, to high society guests.
As John Bute, the 8th Marquess of Bute and great-great-nephew of Gladys Phipps, said in his letter of support for this project, “Being able to see and understand how chefs in the past worked and the spaces they used is a profound experience. Culinary history and arts are unique in the way it transcends in engaging the public in understanding the past and building a link between us and our ancestors.”
Click here to read more about the project.