ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Alpharetta Woman’s Club Inc. installed its 2013 board of directors at its program meeting Feb. 13. They have set themselves a huge task.
They will guide the club in restoring the Historic B.F. Shirley House and property. The original Queen Anne-style house plans and materials were purchased in 1909 by B.F. Shirley from the Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog and the home was completed in 1910.
The Shirley House at 112 Cumming St. also serves as the Woman’s Club headquarters.
This special restoration project adopted by the Woman’s Club will involve a network of communities, civic, youth, school, church and business organizations.
The goal is also to promote unity and patronage among its participants putting the “real sense of community” back into the city. The club draws its members not only from Alpharetta but from Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell and as far away as Jasper.
Plans are being set forth to alert Eagle Scout candidates, Scout troops and other youth organizations to participate in the community project. Businesses are invited to assist with landscaping and gazebo/arbor type projects with cleanup and some maintenance of the property grounds.
Other professional volunteers are needed in the planning and implementation of the restoration of the 103-year-old building from the foundation to the roof. The club is looking for participation in flooring, drywall/plaster, paint, electrical, plumbing, wood flooring and ceiling, molding and doors, carpentry, period furnishings and HVAC.
Consultation assistance on the original architecture and plans are also needed. Once architectural and historical consultation and research has been established, timelines, plans, resources and mini projects will be setup to begin the restoration.
In the meantime, fundraising plans are in the works for family fun-filled and educational community events that would involve volunteers and supporters.
The first fundraiser planned is a Victorian Spring Day Tea set for May 4. Also an open house is planned April 21 at the Shirley House.
The Alpharetta Woman’s Club is open to all ladies, young and older, who are American citizens and residents of Georgia. For information about the club or the Shirley Restoration Project, contact Vesta Smith at 770-653-6821 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mailing address for the club is P. O. Box 896, Alpharetta, Ga. 30009. All donations may be made to the “Alpharetta Woman’s Club, Inc.”