In 2010, city officials announced the city had purchased the historic Donaldson-Bannister farm. Four years later, the city is ready to take a step toward getting the 19th century farmhouse ready for public use.
“The city will be putting a bid out in the next month to stabilize the main house,” Parks Director Brent Walker said. “We are excited to partner with the Dunwoody Preservation Trust in getting this park property open for public use.”
The Dunwoody Preservation Trust commissioned a study of the home to establish how much it will cost to stabilize the house, Executive Director Debbie Fuse said.
“The results show many issues with the buildings and grounds, needing several million dollars to do the repairs,” Fuse said. “Dunwoody Preservation Trust is currently assessing the results and reviewing ways to not only generate the initial income to do the repairs, but also to pay the continuing expenses once it can be reopened to the public.”
Though the repairs will take millions of dollars, Fuse said the Dunwoody Preservation Trust has not given up and will continue to seek ways to preserve the historic property. “We want to see the property preserved, so we will study all the possibilities to see what can be done,” she said.
The scope of work to be done with the $225,000 available for stabilizing the main house includes fixing the roof and sealing the building from water leaks to prevent further damage, Walker said.
“There are other concerns that we’ll have to budget for, so this is just the first step toward getting the facility ready for public use,” he said.