If the past year has taught us anything, it’s that there’s some truth to the old adage, “when it rains it pours.” At the Kelley House we experienced this quite literally during the March rains, when an upstairs hot water tank leaked and water poured down into the main exhibit space below. Fortunately, the plumbing disaster was discovered quickly and remediation began before too much of our beloved 160-year-old historical house was damaged.
The good news is that our insurance company will cover most of the damage, and no underlying issues with mold, lead paint, or asbestos were found. The bad news is our deductible is fairly large: $2500, so we could use our community’s help covering it! The Kelley House Museum has been closed for the past year due to the pandemic, so finances are tight. On top of that, the flood happened just as we were preparing to re-open to the public. Fortunately, we can do the repair work during the week, when we are closed, and can open the museum to visitors on weekends starting on April 3. We expect you won’t mind a bit of ‘pardon our dust’ views of the ceiling. Your donation of any amount is appreciated, and we hope to see you soon as a guest at the Kelley House Museum.
The Kelley House would like to thank the following people and businesses who came to our rescue so quickly:
· Mendocino Water Works
· Team Insurance Company
· West Coast Water & Fire
· Bill Brazill