Taking on Bath

Double Hung, LLC is headed to the coast.

Back in October, a lady from Bath, NC discovered our services and rang me up.  Seems she was part of a grassroots effort to save her old high school from the wrecking ball.  Bath High School was built in the 1920′s and occupied until 1989 when a new facility was constructed.  Dominating its namesake hamlet, the 120 windows in the hulking structure were boarded up until someone figured out what to do with it. 

A group of preservationists who are also alumni of the old school launched an effort in consort with Preservation NC to preserve and modernize the building.  As it stands now, there are plans to adapt the school for a community performance area, a museum and a visitor’s center for the people who come from far and wide to visit N.C.’s oldest town (1705) which is also famous for being Blackbeard’s safe harbor.

Anyway, during a trip to the beach back in April I drove up to meet with some of the folks who are trying to put together the $3.8M that will be needed for the adaptive reuse of the school.  Their fundraising drive was set to begin during an alumni homecomeing on July 21st based around the school.

To help them get things rolling, I offered to relocate my crew to Bath for a week and fix as many of the windows as we could in that time frame.  I’m providing the labor for free.  They are providing materials and places for us to stay the week.

If the project gets funded, then we will enter into a contract to restore all 120 windows in the place.  If it doesn’t get funded, Double Hung will have a charitable tax donation for 2007.  Either way, I knew we had to at least try to save the buildings.

As we move forward, I will post about this project all week and provide pictures and progress updates.

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4 Comments

  1. Posted July 7, 2007 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    And you get to deduct some of the trip to the beach, eh? Good job!

  2. Posted July 9, 2007 at 5:22 am | Permalink

    Glad to hear you are still growing!

    Keep it up

    If you need some more technical talent, feel free to drop by my jobfair July 19th. Check out http://www.mpactjobfair.blogspot.com for details.

    Joel Leonard

  3. Brenda Bowers
    Posted July 11, 2007 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Good business move David, but also and more important is the act is one of a good citizen. BB

    What is coming with WMS? I check it out every Saturday morning when going to the Farmer’s Market. I do wish one of the things that can be done is to eleminate the parking in front of the building and put in a park like patio instead. BB
    Idea: for funding the renewed front park/patio you could sell bricks with the names of fallen veterans or living ones or just families. I would like to buy bricks for my father and first husbsnd who were veterans. Father: WWII and husband: Korea. BB

  4. Posted July 16, 2007 at 12:01 am | Permalink

    I will forward this post to my Mom when I get home from work.

    Mama went to Bath High School in its glory days. The area is beloved by both of us. This should make her smile.

    As the state’s first “port town”, Bath, by all rights should have become a large city. But legend has it the town was cursed so it would not grow. I’m fuzzy on the details. But I know my relatives down there love it just the way it is.