By Keith Barber
The non-profit group Paint the Town Foundation in Libertyville, Ill., is accepting donations to help restore the historic Ansel B. Cook House.
The 1878 Victorian mansion was deeded to the village in 1920 for use as a library, and eventually became a museum of local history once the new village library was constructed. The building is also home to the Libertyville-Mundelein Historical Society.
The house needs exterior painting, and the estimate is around $50,000. Benjamin Moore has donated the paint materials, and the work is to be done by painting contractor, DiVinci Painters of Highland Park, Ill.
About $22,000 is still needed before the house can be painted in May. Considered the crown jewel of Libertyville, a community money drive was started for the restoration project. Several local businesses are donating, and a call is now out to the general public. Donations may be sent to Paint the Town Foundation, 1509 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville, IL 60048, or call 847-680-9050 and speak with Roch Tranel of Tranel Financial Group.
Keith Barber is a data reporter at The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-2821.