On behalf of Save the Northfield Depot, we would like to express our deep appreciation to the donors who matched the $25,000 dollar-for-dollar challenge through December 31 — and exceeded it! Once the initial match was met, the generous donors providing the original match increased their contribution to ensure that all who donated before the end of the year were doubling their impact.
The contributions from the donors plus the pledged matching funds totaled $65,250. Due to this generosity of the community, we made a significant reduction in our $100,000 debt. Thank you, donors!
The financing and plans to finalize occupancy have been hampered by the pandemic, but we are working on both this winter. We will continue to send updates; watch for news of our anticipated Spring Dedication Celebration, which was postponed this year due to the pandemic.
Because of you and others in the community, the project mission has been fulfilled:
- the depot was saved from destruction (protecting the irreplaceable);
- was appropriately restored to meet the criteria for a locally designated historical site (assuring future protection); and
- has provided the community with an attractive, multi-use, public resource.
Thank you to all who have made this possible through your donation of time, skills, materials, and/or funding.
With our deepest gratitude,
Save the Northfield Depot officers:
– Rob Martin, Chair
– Clark Webster, Treasurer
– Alice Thomas, Secretary
P.S., December progress update:
A bench (below) previously used in another Minnesota depot, was donated by a local supporter several years ago and used in the City Hall hallway until 2020 when it was moved to the depot. The upholstery was split in several places and the springs needed to be reattached. An upholsterer recently retied the springs, reupholstered, and touched up the wood.
Mystery: What is the explanation for the four metal tabs each with a three-digit number on the wood below the seating?