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"Let's Raise the Roof"

Capital Campaign 2014

The 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House is an important landmark that links the early history of Edwardsville to the earliest days of the Illinois Territory. Following its restoration, the house was opened to the public in 2006 as a living history museum.

Maintenance issues are recurring problems with all houses and, unfortunately, Stephenson House is no exception. Currently, the house is in need of a new roof. The shake roof, installed in 2001, is failing because of the mechanical fasteners holding the shingles are corroding. The corrosion seems to be the result of a chemical treatment used on the shakes at the time of manufacture. It is clear that the failing roof not only endangers our house but also the antique treasures within.


Contributions to the restoration can be sent to the "Lets' Raise the Roof", 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, P.O. Box 754, Edwardsville, IL, 62025. Campaign contribution forms are available for download here. 





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