We dedicate this section to informing you about the restoration of the Conser House.
July 2019: At this point, the city has received a grant to start exterior repairs. Old insulation has been removed under the house. Work to be addressed in this grant is: replace porch boards, add insulation underneath, fix gutters, and repair rot on lower boards.
Watch for banner announcing the start of the restoration process.
September 4, 2019: We are finally on our way to begin actual restoration work on the Conser House. After receiving a grant in May, we have "jumped through all the hoops" to use the funds to repair the front porch, add insulation under the house, and fix the drainage system. Watch this space for further updates and learn how you can help support this big project! Keep watching.
November and December 2019
Soon you will be seeing contractors at work on the Conser House. The front gutter will be replaced and additional flashing and other work will guarantee the water flows into the gutter. An additional downspout will help solve the water issues.
Vertical grade Douglas Fir flooring is being ordered from a plant in Eugene. It will be used to replace the floor on the front porch. This will follow the gutter replacement.
In December the insulation will go in under the building, so lots is happening!
(We haven’t dug the irises yet, but will soon. Let Amy know in the museum if you want some). Also, don't forget to check out our thermometer showing our current financial status
So as we continue to be in lock down mode, we would like to take the time to update you on some improvements that have happened in the Conser House: The exterior of house is opened up along the south and west side to reveal the work to finish the CLG grant. There is more rot at the SE corner, but Jeff with the city states it is just a 4 x4 filler board that can be replaced without jacking the house. It is pretty much what we expected. Stop by and see the opening. We are going to plan a "hatch" to allow electrical contractors to access under the house on South. Jeff has removed all communication conduit to the house and it looks better already. Most of the electric is shut off, since they removed all floor outlets that were sticking up in the middle of the floor. Frank is getting two more electrical and plumbing bids. The hanging chimney is now down . Cost was $500 and that will come from our grant account. This is way less than we had planned, so good news.
We've received almost $3000 in donations with another $750 that came in as well, so that is great news too.
June 2020 Update
Welcome back!! A lot has happened at the Conser House despite the shut down. The low boards on the south and west side of the house (called “skirt boards”) have been replaced along with the thin “transition board” above them that separates the siding from the skirt boards. This board is cedar with a metal flashing to prevent rot.
The bathroom add-on has been reveled and the rotted out support has been replaced with concrete pier blocks. A primer paint coat will protect everything until we are finished with the exterior work. We know there is more to do!
The “kitchen” chimney in the back has been removed. It was a “hanging” chimney and was dangerous because it started about 5 feet above the floor and had no support below it. This safety measure was important to do.
Meanwhile, the City and JHS&M have signed a contract with an electrician to rewire the building. A new pole will be set and underground conduit will bring power to the house so we can take off all the conduit attached on the south side of the building. A committee has identified areas for new outlets and lighting for the future museum use. The HVAC contractor will touch base with the committee for setting of the outdoor units that will bring heat and cooling to the building in the future.
Funding for these projects are coming from the Conser Family donation and private donations that have come via the extreme generosity of this community. We at JHS&M are humbled by the support this landmark is receiving. Thank you Jefferson!
Thank you for your continued support as we keep progressing through this time, your support
is so valuable to us!
July 2020 Updates for the Conser House
Work continues to move forward on the Conser House. Jeff and his crew have set an
electrical pole and removed the two large furnaces inside the building. New heating and
cooling units will be installed this fall.
The House is being completely rewired to bring up to standard. In addition, a sub-panel
has been set upstairs and awaits finishing when funds are raised for Phase 2 - Finish
the Second Floor.
Bids have been accepted for floor refinishing, HVAC, and plumbing. The plumbing will
be redone in August and meanwhile JHS&M is awaiting the results of grants submitted
back in March. Keep your fingers crossed!!
April 2021 Updates for the Conser House
The Grants came through!!!! We have been able to accomplish quite a bit since our last update. On the inside we have lovely finished floors, completed the first level electricity improvements, plumbing improvements, and our heating and HVAC needs have been addressed. Another wonderful addition is that we now have amazing fireplace inserts from Albany Stoves.
Outside we have seen repairs made to the gazebo, the grounds have been cleaned up, and now we are getting a new coat of paint to spruce up the building and gazebo as well. We will keep you posted with any more info as it happens!
Jacob Conser House