Chandor Gardens Foundation, Inc. announced at a recent Weatherford city council meeting that The National Park Service has listed the property in the National Register of Historic Places.
“Such a designation has significant benefits for this incredibly unique property,” said Bill Warren, Chandor Gardens Foundation, Inc. board member who submitted the application for the prized designation.
“Perhaps foremost is the broader recognition for the property and the positive impact it will have for the City of Weatherford,” Warren said. Other benefits to the city include advertising and promotion, said Foundation Board President Elizabeth Lawrence. “The chamber and other advertising outlets for the city can now include National Register recognition and that recognition provides a draw to people that other venues cannot match,” she said.
Lawrence informed the council that the purpose of the foundation is to promote, preserve and enhance the natural, scenic and historical significance of the gardens. The foundation was incorporated in mid-October, 2013 and received its tax exempt status in July, 2014.
“We are very interested, not only in the preservation of the formal home and gardens, but in the additional 13 ½ acres of unimproved areas adjacent that are a part of the Chandor Garden property,” Lawrence said.
Grant eligibility is another benefit, Warren said. “The National Trust for Historic Preservation, as well as a number of other foundations, provides outright or matching grants solely for properties listed on the National Register. The city now has the opportunity to seek outside funding for capital improvements or maintenance,” he said.
Other foundation board members include: Melody Bradford, Gale Bradford, Jamie Bodiford-Brinkley, Jonelle Bartoli, Larry Bartoli, Carole Duffield, Dee Campbell, Brandi Buckner and Therese Moncrief.###