As with many non-profits, the last year has been a challenge to create unique ways to raise funds to keep up with basic overhead. While we do plan to roll out more fundraisers in 2021 we still need help to keep our basic expenses covered.
The basic expenses includes things like security, electric, insurance and mowing along with 2 loans from The Savings Bank and The National Trust. While we were able to postpone payments to our lenders for a few months, we have either started paying again or we are getting ready to start making payments again. The loans helped pay for the huge expense of relocating the Octagon.
We were awarded a " Cultural Facilities Grant" several years ago from the State of Ohio for $100,000 and started receiving part of that a little over a year ago. So far those funds have been used to create the plans for the restoration. We have now been awarded another $100,000 grant in the last couple of months to again help with the plans and actual restoration of the Octagon. The money from both of these grants are solely being used for the planning and actual restoration of the Octagon. We do not use the money from these grants for basic operation expenses.
The Roundtown Conservancy started working with Heritage Architectural Associates in mid 2018 who has helped the board navagate towards not only the restoration, but to help us find more funds to be able to help with that restoration.
Architectural Description, Assessment and Recommendations
The Octagon House was constructed 1855-56 by George W. Gregg, and it was occupied from the time of its construction until 1998. In 2004, the house was moved from its original location in order to save it from demolition. The house was relocated to another site on the same historic farm property. The building was placed on a newly-constructed concrete block foundation over a newly excavated basement.
The Octagon House is located in Circleville Township, Pickaway County, Ohio. The house is located on a rectangular lot comprised of two tax parcels (A01-0-001-00-310-01 and A01-0-001-00-310-02), totaling 1.782 acres and located northeast of the end of a drive off Crites Road. The address is 440 Crites Road, Circleville, Ohio.