POTTSVILLE – The Schuylkill County Council for the Arts (SCCA) was awarded a $150,000 grant from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) to support their ongoing effort to renovate the historic Yuengling Mansion, according to Senator David G. Argall (R-Schuylkill/Berks). The money will be used to make repairs to the mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and preserve it for future generations to visit.
This project is part of a wider effort by the public and private sectors to revitalize the city. Other examples of recent progress include new and expanded businesses such as Pressed Coffee and Books, The Crimson House, Black Rock Brewing Company, and the new parking garage under construction on Mahantongo Street.
Argall was joined by State Representatives Joe Kerwin (R-Schuylkill/Dauphin) and Tim Twardzik (R-Schuylkill) at the Yuengling Mansion to announce this grant on Friday. Board members and staff from SCCA and Roy Heim from Heim Construction were also in attendance.
“The Schuylkill County Council for the Arts and the wider Schuylkill County community have worked very hard to restore the Yuengling Mansion to its former glory,” said Argall. “The loss of this historic structure, which was threatened by years of decay, would have been an irreplaceable loss to the region. I’m very pleased they were chosen to receive this highly competitive grant.”
“The Schuylkill County Council for the Arts continues to do amazing work at preserving our local communities and their history,” said Kerwin. “Through this grant, offered from the Department of Community and Economic Development, we will be able to see the completion of this restoration on the 107-year-old Yuengling Mansion. As a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, I am glad to see this finally happening for our county.”
“The Yuengling Mansion is a wonderful property that not only offers a glimpse into our past, but it also serves the community today,” said Twardzik. “As the home of the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts, it gathers artists, musicians, performers and youth in a unique setting. This $150,000 grant will help preserve our past and ensure our future.”
The Yuengling Mansion was built in 1913 by Frank D. Yuengling as a home for his family. In 1978, the Yuengling family donated the property to SCCA as a center for cultural and arts activities. Ever since then, it has served as the home for SCCA and the art and service organizations they represent.
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