Why was John Jay Homestead closed?
While the Homestead Historic Site has been operating as usual—the grounds, Visitor Center, and the gardens free and open to the public—the Homestead’s actual house has been closed for a year during a $1.2-million heating, air conditioning, and ventilation systems upgrade project. The new mechanicals are so high-tech that designated staff will be trained in operating and maintaining the system.
The grand re-opening of the house is planned for May 2, a date serendipitously coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Homestead’s dedication as a public museum, according to Heather Langham, president of the board of trustees, Friends of John Jay Homestead.
To celebrate these twin events and to kick off the House Restoration Project, a party is being held on May 2, when guests will be served cocktails in the period rooms, followed by a lively presentation by Honorary Chair Leslie Keno, of Antiques Road Show fame. “It’s been 59 years since the house underwent a significant restoration effort, and this anniversary is a fitting time to address the condition of the house,” Langham continues. Party tickets start at $125. For more information about the soiree and the House Restoration Project, email the Friends at email@example.com.