While far from an actual lost cause, here is what the RFT had to say.
The Mullanphy Emigrant Homewww.savemullanphy.orgBuilt in 1867 to house the Mullanphy Traveller’s Aid Fund, the Mullanphy Emigrant Home has played many roles during its 140-year history: schoolhouse, warehouse, motorcycle repair shop, cause célebre. The building’s most recent turn came on April 2, 2006, when a fierce storm collapsed its south wall. The landmark’s imminent demise prompted a small knot of historic preservationists to launch a campaign to try to save it. But on March 31 of this year, a second storm further damaged the building, sinking portions of the north and east walls. Still, the preservationists have, well, persevered. They now estimate that it will cost $350,000 to repair the walls. Fundraising efforts had raised $57,000 at last check. The good news: The west wall appears to be holding up. For now.
Now we will just wait for our award check. Oh, that’s right, there is no award check. Well, we certainly could use a few checks for Mullanphy (although the RFT article is already out-of-date, since our contributions now total $63,000). If you would like to make a donation to the cause, or just learn a little more, head over to http://www.savemullanphy.org/. And every dollar we collect for the cause will make it that much more likely that the Mullanphy building will be recognized as the “Best Comeback” in the RFT’s 2008 “Best of” awards.
By the way, we would argue about the winner of the Best View of Downtown, but we won’t hold any grudges.
Congratulations also go’s out to Old North’s Michael Allen.