Donations to HPFF are restricted to historic preservation in general and architectural preservation of Lathrop House more specifically. All work on the house is researched by the House Governors Committee of The Fortnightly and presented to its Board of Directors for approval, which then applies to HPFF for funding. All funding by HPFF is approved in advance by Landmarks Illinois, as complying with the United States Department of the Interior standards for historic preservation. House Governors and Fortnightly management oversee completion of work. HPFF makes grants to The Fortnightly upon receipt of a formal proposal and supporting documentation of project completion.

Projects Completed

Between 1998 and 2016, HPFF has provided more than $3.8 million in grants to fund essential preservation projects. The terrace, house roof, cornice, ballroom roof and boiler have been restored or replaced. In addition, the historic HPFF Campaign for The Fortnightly (2010-2013) funded a comprehensive plan to further safeguard the integrity of Lathrop House, including:

  • Replacement of all electrical wiring and distribution, installation of enhanced lighting
  • Replacement of all plumbing pipes and connection to City water service; renovation of all bathrooms to comply with City codes
  • Update of climate control and installation of air conditioning throughout the house, including reinforcement of ballroom roof to support additional HVAC equipment

future projects

HPFF and Landmarks Illinois have approved plans for future restoration of original architectural details, such as the stone balustrade at the roofline and iron grillwork at the second floor windows, and will review other projects presented by The Fortnightly. Staff and committee research, a 2014 Reserve Study that calculated capital needs for the next 30 years, and information from prior studies have helped HPFF establish annual giving targets based on estimated long-term capital needs.

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