Farmington Governor Warner Mansion receives $85,000 State Grant
State Representative Christine Greig was able to secure an $85,000 grant for Farmington’s Governor Warner Mansion through the state’s Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity.
"Working with Governor Whitmer and my legislative colleagues, I am extremely pleased to secure $85,000 for the Governor Warner Mansion renovations that will preserve this historic home in downtown Farmington for years to come. As we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution during the 100th Michigan Legislature in August, it is an honor to recognize Governor Warner’s legacy — who believed in women’s suffrage and worked toward making it a reality in Michigan."
Constructed in 1867, the Governor Warner Mansion is one of the oldest cultural institutions in Farmington. It is an important resource for researchers, other museums, historical societies, but mostly the local community. It is a 3-story Victorian structure with a 2-story north addition constructed in 1906.
The Governor Warner Mansion is key to preserving the history of Farmington. It houses significant collections of costumes and accessories, decorative arts, furniture, photographs, paintings, drawings, and written artifacts. The Mansion is used as an educational tool and fosters pride among the community and its residents. Many community events are hosted at the Mansion, which makes it a favored location for fellowship. The beautiful grounds attract events such as weddings and organized prom photo opportunities.
A recent engineering assessment of the Mansion’s architectural, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical conditions, and site conditions were noted. A compiled a report summarizing the findings and provided recommendations for repair; the total construction cost estimate came in at $616,200.
“As one of the City’s most precious assets, we must focus on maintaining the integrity of the structure,” explained Farmington City Manager David Murphy. “We plan to prioritize and address the most critical repairs as soon as possible. We thank State Representative Christine Greig for her continued support.”
Mansion Director Mary-Jeanne Shore also thanks State Representative Greig, along with all the volunteers who dedicate their time and passion to the Mansion. “We appreciate the generous financial support that will allow us to do some of the needed renovations. The Mansion is a jewel to both Farmington and the state of Michigan. The buildings and grounds have become important to our residents for social and educational gatherings.”
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