You may have heard that on Sunday evening the Hegeler Carus Mansion suffered a break-in and vandalism. Vandals threw a brick through a Ground Floor window, and a garbage can was used to smash open a door and gain entry into the Mansion. Fortunately, the motion detector alarm sounded and the vandals fled, but considerable damage had already been done.
The oldest private gymnasium in America is in the Mansion. The brick and breaking glass damaged a rare artifact in the gym, including one which is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world. For this reason, it is difficult to determine a monetary value for the damage.
In 2012, the Hegeler Carus Foundation held more events than we've ever had in our history to raise money and fund several ambitious projects which will come to fruition in 2013.
- On the ground floor, restoration work is underway in the Open Court hallway. This will create a new event venue, history center, handicapped accessible viewing area for the gymnasium and gallery space.
- Preservationists will soon begin uncovering and cleaning the ceiling murals in the Parlor on the main level.
- This spring and summer more work will take place to restore our gardens and to create a permanent Ravinia style venue on the west lawn for outdoor events.
The crime we experienced threatens these projects by causing us to use funds necessary to complete them on security upgrades and repairs to damage caused by vandals. We have been advised that we should immediately invest in more exterior lighting, cameras, and upgrades to our current security system.
I am writing today to ask for your assistance in helping us to quickly raise funds to pay for the repairs, increased security and lighting so that we can continue our preservation projects as planned. We estimate that these security upgrades and repairs will cost $15,000.
If you are unable make a financial contribution at this time, please consider supporting our work in other ways; take a tour, attend a lecture, concert or event or volunteer your time on one of our projects. We are grateful for your continued support and friendship.
Hegeler Carus Foundation