Friday, July 3, 2009

Land trust heralds opening of staff housing

Public is invited to open house in Hailey on July 4

Express Staff Writer

Jesse Steadman and Kyung Koh, Americorps summer interns working with the Wood River Land Trust, stand in front of the groupís newly renovated staff housing in Hailey. The public is invited to drop by for an open house at the home from noon until 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 4. Photo by David N. Seelig

This weekend, the public is invited to drop by for an open house at a newly renovated home in old Hailey that the Wood River Land Trust recently fixed up.

The historic home—which the land trust has christened the Anderson House in honor of longtime supporters David and Lyn Anderson, whose donation made the purchase possible—will be used for staff housing. The group will open the house to the public on Saturday, July 4, from noon until 3 p.m.

The event will begin at the land trust's headquarters at 119 E. Bullion St. in Hailey. The celebration will continue next door at the Anderson House. Refreshments will be available.

The renovation of the Anderson House follows the 2001 restoration of the land trust's historic Hailey office. A stained glass panel over the large front window of the staff housing is stamped with an "A" to acknowledge the group's appreciation of the Andersons' generosity.

The valley couple donated a Sun Valley condominium to the land trust in October 2006 with the intent that the proceeds of its sale be used for staff housing needs. The land trust was able to purchase the home in Hailey for a below-market price after the couple's condominium sold in September 2007, a news release from the group states.

"We wanted to leave a legacy for the land trust that would assist current and future staff," Lyn said.

Renovation of the house required structural work and reconfiguration of living spaces. The land trust also sought to preserve elements of historic Hailey as part of the project. During the renovation, workers found a clipping dating back to 1884 from a Salt Lake City newspaper in a wall of the home.

Although some finishing details are still in progress at the home, Americorps summer interns working with the land trust—Jesse Steadman and Kyung Koh—have already moved in as the first residents of the Anderson House.

The land trust said many individuals and companies have contributed time, skills and materials to the renovation work. They include Erik Nilsen and K&M Construction, the Building Materials Thrift Store, Eddy Svidgal Architects, Liv Jensen P.E., CAD Drafting Systems Inc., Cliff Iverson and Lei Tile, Legacy Glass LLC, and B&G Dirtworks. Michelle and Harry Griffith, Vicki and Glen Shapiro, the Alternative School, Leslie and Jack Hanks, and Brian and Julie Gallagher donated furnishings for the home.

This summer marks the land trust's 15th anniversary.

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