Today, Assemblymember Monica Wallace announced that she has secured state funding to assist in the ongoing restoration project of the historic Hull House in Lancaster, New York. The $10,000 grant will be used to restore the homestead’s deteriorating front entrance stone steps and for the completion of a mechanical lift to increase accessibility for people with disabilities.
“The Hull House Foundation has worked diligently to preserve the Hull House, which stands as a destination for those interested in learning more about the way early 19th century Western New York settlers lived,” said Assemblymember Wallace. “The economic growth in our region is exciting, but of equal importance is preserving our history for future generations to learn from. For many young Western New Yorkers learning of our nation’s past, the Hull House is a hands-on experience where history comes to life, and one that I am proud to help maintain for generations to come.”
"It is very encouraging to have our efforts to bring this important local heritage site to the public for their enjoyment and edification recognized by those who stand to help,” said Gary Costello, president of the Hull House Foundation. “The funding provided recently by Assemblymember Monica Wallace will allow for the much needed restoration of the front entrance stone step. They have been deteriorating for decades. It will also provide for the completion of the side entrance and the mechanical lift, so that those who are not fully ambulatory will be able to gain access to the historic home safely and with ease. We greatly appreciate her support."
The Hull House Foundation has been charged with restoring the location for the past 25 years. Their mission is to fully restore the Hull Family Home and Farmstead as a living history museum to educate children, parents, and interested tourists about what life was like for some of Western New York’s early 19th century settlers.
The Hull House, located at 5976 Genesee Street in Lancaster, was built in 1810 by Warren and Polly Hull. The home was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1992, and is known to be the third oldest dwelling in New York State west of Albany.