Finding a different route
The letter of intent sent to ArtPlace, a private foundation with grant money that the Post Morrow Foundation and East End Arts Council hoped would look favorably on regarding their pitch to help restore the former Washington Lodge in Brookhaven and hold environmental and arts programs there, has been rejected, said Post Morrow board member Tom Williams.
“We have a board meeting next week and we’ll discuss what we’re going to do next,” he said. “We liked our overall idea and we’ll see if there’s a way to implement it in another fashion.” If the joint organizations had passed the first round, a full-blown application would have been produced regarding programs. What had been discussed was using the lodge as a retreat center for artists and environmentalists and using some of the funds for renovations and generating additional private funding to aid in the costs.
The 18-bedroom building’s last residents were the Marist Brothers of the Schools, Inc. In December 2010, the Post Morrow Foundation acquired two acres of the property with the Town of Brookhaven. Suffolk County and Brookhaven Town took ownership of 7.6 acres. Post Morrow was responsible for maintaining the house.
The home was originally owned by George Washington, the inventor of instant coffee.
“There are people who would like to save the building, and I got some calls after the Advance article came out. They liked the idea,” Williams said. “We’re still working out a management agreement with the town.” He quipped if someone wanted to come forth with a lot of money, “that would be wonderful.”
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