Big things are about to happen in Newburgh

Help us move the Little Red Brick House in the Town of Newburgh and save it from destruction. Donations are being requested to be used as matching funds to the numerous grant requests that have been submitted to move this building.

There are big things about to happen in Downtown Newburgh and you can be a part of it! We have an opportunity to save a little slice of history and at the same time create a waterfront complex that enhances the Old Lock and Dam Park.

The Arts Commission is finalizing plans for the Riverfront Amphitheater. The space is located at the Old Lock and Dam Park at the base of the hillside below the Lock Master Cottages. This has been a labor of love for many. We already use the space as an amphitheater, but now we have an opportunity to create a transformative project that becomes an anchor to “Destination Newburgh.”

Happening at the same time is the Little Red Brick House project. It needs to be moved and the plan is to use it for a concession stand and ticket booth for the proposed amphitheater. These synergistic projects will both need donations, but we are concentrating on the Little Red Brick House fundraising right now.

During the 19th century, our little town was one of the busiest river ports along the Ohio River corridor.

Many of the historic structures in our quiet little river town date to the 1840s to 1860s. And, right now, one of them, really needs your help.

So why save the building that resides now at 519 W. Jennings? Its construction and materials are consistent with Territorial Indiana. The hand chiseled limestone steps and window sills and locally kiln-fired bricks date to the mid 1800s.

For many years, the building was hidden as a larger structure was built around it concealing its existence. In 1986, the building burned revealing the Little Red Brick Building. After the fire, the building was lovingly restored and maintained by Virgil Simpson, the owner.

Recently the property where the Little Red Brick Building sits changed hands. If the building is not moved, it will be destroyed. In the past months, Jim Rene has been tirelessly working to write grant requests to help pay for the move and the adaptive reuse of the structure.

This grass roots group is getting closer to saving the Little Red Brick House from destruction! Feedback received about the grant requests submitted has been very positive. So how can you help?

Most of the grants require a matching amount of donations. Our goal is to raise $60,000 of this $75,000 project. If some of the grants come through, we will need less than the $60,000.

Our GoFundMe Account is live and we hope you will generously donate to the efforts.

Here is the link that is the GoFundMe link posted on our FB Page! Please share with your friends and family! https://www.gofundme.com/2q5yk6nt

As I mentioned, this is a grassroots effort. Sue Morrision, a local glass artist, has generously agreed to create a lovely handmade glass panel with an etched image of the Little Red Brick House for each $1,000 or more donations. She will create up to 25 of these works of art. Don’t be shy. We need you!

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