WESTLAKE, Ohio – The Westlake Historical Society will be moving forward with renovations to the 1844 Lilly Weston home to restore the house as a museum and, perhaps, a public space.
The house, built from two-feet-thick sandstone blocks, was given to the City of Westlake in 2000 by a descendant of the Weston family.
Since then, the building has received a new roof, an add-on on the back of the building was removed, bricks on a later side addition were cleaned of their paint and the entire interior was taken down to the studs, according to David Pfister, a member of the Historical Society’s board of directors.
Jim Bedell, the city’s director of planning and economic development, is on the Lilly Weston project committee. He said the committee meets monthly and organizes fundraisers for the renovation of the home.
“We have had various fundraisers,” he said, “a beam-and-joist fundraiser where you could adopt a joist or beam. We also had a tea in January and we have a booth at the cruise-ins at Westlake Methodist Church on Center Ridge Road in the summer.”
Bedell said $200,000 has been set aside in Ohio’s capital budget for the historic home. He noted the money for the house is anticipated to be signed over by the governor some time in April and will be in full effect, hopefully, by July.
The money will come in handy, what with an estimated $675,000 price tag for the restoration.
“Community visioning will be the next big push,” said Bedell, “with the committee deciding how the building will be used. We know it will be a museum, but will it include some public space to be enjoyed by the public, too?”