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Gild Hall Restoration Fund 2126 The Highway Arden, DE 19810

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A New CoGild Hall 1910mmercial Quality Kitchen for Gild Hall is Nearly Complete!   But We Really Need Your Help

The Arden Club has been raising money for nearly 18 months to complete the largest capital project we have ever attempted – a new kitchen for preparing our weekly Arden community dinners, dinners for our visiting bands, and cooking for other community events. Our old kitchen was not up to code in many ways, and as we;ve discovered, the subfloor, drainage and fire protection systems also needed work in the entire lower hall. Our original estimate has climbed from 150K to now 250K (see details below).  What can you do? You might say, you are nearly done, it must be paid for eh?  NO!  We have increased our mortgage by $90,000 and aim to raise as much of this as possible this year.

Here are some pictures of the renovation in progress.  The range hood, fire suppression, chimney and service platform on the roof cost $32,000. The total cost of the Kitchen is $200,000 including all new plumbing and electrical all the way from the new transformer on the telephone pole on The Highway.  Lower Gild Hall required extensive replacement of the sub-floor including a large load of new cement. Total cost for this extra room work including a new white oak floor: $50,000. The project had to be done to allow the Kitchen to keep operating and to do so safely with a solid foundation replacing failing wood.


New subfloor and drain in kitchen

Anyone who has tried to stir fry in the old kitchen knows that ventilation was by far the biggest single safety and convenience feature needed ASAP!  Here’s the Range Hood being installed.  Powerful but the fan is on the roof so not loud!

The new range hood chimney goes up through the bar area in the upper hall, it is now insulated and sheathed in pine to match the hall walls.

New subfloor in lower Hall. Now covered in gorgeous white oak flooring!

You can donate by check in the US Mail. Send checks to:

Gild Hall Restoration Fund 2126 The Highway Arden, DE 19810

Or, you can click on the “Donate” button below to make an online donation via Paypal!