Benjamin Moore and Co. is donating 100 gallons of paints and stains for the future Trail Conference headquarters at Darlington Schoolhouse. This gift, valued at $4,000 at retail value, represents most of the interior and exterior coatings needed for the historic building and its addition, which will become the Trail Conference’s headquarters in 2015. The addition will include an environmental education and visitors’ center.
The in-kind donation was announced today by Trail Conference Executive Director Ed Goodell, who said, “We are delighted to have Benjamin Moore’s 125 years of expertise on our team. This corporate gift enables us to both protect this historic building for the public to enjoy and allow us to stretch every penny to do the best restoration job possible.”
The Trail Conference and Benjamin Moore are collaborating to select coatings that are historically accurate and will deliver the best results in terms of appearance and preservation.
Benjamin Moore and Co., with corporate headquarters in Montvale, N.J., is well-recognized as an advocate for preserving notable homes and sites around the United States. Locally, Benjamin Moore worked with The Historic Trust and Department of Parks and Recreation to preserve the 1765 Morris-Jumel Mansion in Washington Heights, the 1748 Van Courtlandt House in The Bronx, and the 1720 Hendrick I. Lott House in Brooklyn. In Catskill, N.Y., Benjamin Moore helped volunteers restore the 1815 homestead of Thomas Cole, who created the “Hudson River School” American art movement.
Construction to preserve and repurpose the Schoolhouse at 600 Ramapo Valley Road in Mahwah is scheduled to be completed in January 2015. The Trail Conference is on target to move in by spring 2015.