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Last Chance Before Restoration

Cobblestone Opening Planned

An open house will be held from 12 noon to 5 p.m. next Sunday at the Cobblestone Farm on Packard Road at Buhr Park.

The Cobblestone Farm Association has scheduled the opening to give people a last chance to see the 1844 house and older wooden kitchen annex in their unrestored condition.

Complete reconstruction of the kitchen ell, under the direction of architect Richard Neumann of Preservation Urban Design, will begin this summer, followed by rebuilding and replacement of the 1870-period porch on the cobblestone portion and finishing work on exteriors of window and door frames.

Restoration of the interior will begin with the aid of volunteers as soon as plastering has been finished. Electrical wiring work was recently done by Bob Lirette and Sons Electric Co.

The work is to be funded with money raised by the farm association and with grants from the Historic Preservation Act through the National Parks Service, from Community Development Revenue Sharing funds and from the Michigan Bicentennial Commission.

Students in U-M Prof. Kingsbury Marzolf’s class in historic preservation are currently moving a brick smokehouse donated by Wayne Klager from his farm at the corner of Platt and Packard Roads to the site of the old smokehouse on the Cobblestone Farm Grounds.

They have completed pouring of the foundation, have moved the roof and are dismantling the Klager smokehouse.

Tours will be conducted next Sunday through both portions of the farm by members of the association. Visitors may use the parking lot at the rear of the property adjacent to Buhr Park.