Groundbreaking for Restoration Project at Heritage Hill
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ALLOUEZ -- A 180-year-old building is getting a make-over.
Heritage Hill State Park broke ground today on the restoration of the old Fort Howard Guard House. The project will take more than two years to complete, using only historically accurate methods to restore the building. Leaders with the project say, that's not an easy task.
"Some of the architectural details have been erased through the years so in trying to replicate it and determine what the orginial architectural details are, that's been a bit of a challenge," says restoration manager Nick Backhaus.
The restoration of the Guard House will including building its twin Commanding Officer's Office as well as a portion of the stockade that would have originally stood outside the guard house.
The guard house itself was moved from its original location to Bond Street in 1898. By 2008, the house was vacant and the City of Green Bay issued a "Raze or Repair Order." In 2009, the Guard House was moved to Heritage Hill for permanent restoration.