SEPTEMBER 8, 2015 UPDATE – It is with great pleasure that we announce the successful completion of the Fraunces Tavern Restoration Campaign! Thank you to everybody who contributed to or shared this important campaign. With your help, we raised $55,350 for this $325,000 capital campaign! All contributions were matched 100% by the SRNY.
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Among massive skyscrapers at the southern tip of Manhattan, 54 Pearl Street has stood since 1719. Fraunces Tavern, a New York City Landmarked building and part of the National Registered Fraunces Tavern Historic Block, was opened by the non-profit public charity, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York, Inc. (SRNY) to the public as a restaurant and museum in 1907. Made up of five historic buildings, the Tavern houses the Museum, over 5,000 historic artifacts, museum offices, a Revolutionary War replica flag collection, and more.
The SRNY have been maintaining Fraunces Tavern, since 1904. Preserving five historic buildings built between 1829 and 1907 has been a challenge and privilege. Each building needs regular maintenance and occasional capital improvements. These improvements are ongoing for the life of the buildings.
The most recent capital need is for the facades of the 24 & 26 Water Street and 58 Pearl Street buildings.
Restoration started in mid-June of 2014 and will cost a total of $325,000.