The Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation awarded the Trail Conference an $8,000 grant to help renovate and adaptively reuse the Darlington Schoolhouse. This historic preservation grant will provide the ventilation framework for a new roof, which will consist of wooden shingles as in the original construction of 1891. A grid of wood furring strips will be installed up and down and across the roof slope before the wooden shingles are nailed on. Air circulation from this grid will help the wood shingles dry and extend their lifespan, especially on the shady north slope.
Currently, the Schoolhouse’s aging roof consists of asphalt shingles, which were applied at some point in the building’s lifetime. New Jersey Historic Trust requires that wooden shingles replace the asphalt shingles to restore that aspect of the building’s historic materials.
The Fred J. Brotherton Charitable Foundation was founded by Fred J. Brotherton, a longtime philanthropist and supporter of education, the arts, religious institutions, historic preservation, and medical research. The Brotherton Foundation has been part of the Darlington Schoolhouse project since 2011, when the Trail Conference applied for funding for the first phase of the campaign. A $ 15,000 grant was awarded to the Trail Conference in 2011 in support of the project.