On Feb. 1, construction work began on the restoration and repurposing of Darlington Schoolhouse as the new Trail Conference headquarters. Employees of Mahwah-based LaBarbiera Custom Homes, a division of VHI Builders, began interior renovations by grading and spreading gravel over ground-level crawl space and framing partitions for two small new rooms on the first floor.
Work outside the existing building, including demolition of a garage and boiler room and removal of selected trees to make room for an addition, will begin once needed approvals from DEP are in hand and site conditions—aka snow—permit.
The Trail Conference is transforming the historic 1891 Darlington Schoolhouse into its headquarters and visitors center. Restoration will be in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Rehabilitation of Historic Properties. At the same time, an important objective is to create an energy-efficient building with a minimal carbon footprint. This will be achieved by good insulation and sealing of the building envelope, efficient equipment, LED lighting, and geothermal heating and cooling.
The Trail Conference is close to our goal of raising the funds needed to restore and re-purpose the Darlington Schoolhouse as a conservation training center and the Trail Conference’s new headquarters. Click here to make your gift today and help us “get over the top.”