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I.Q. Hurdle House gets face-lift

Thursday, July 25, 2019 by Jessi Devenyns

After several months of waiting for the condition of the I.Q. Hurdle House to be stabilized, the Historic Landmark Commission received an inspiring update on Monday night. “We have completed the work on the exterior of the home,” said Pam Madere, who represents the property owner, Dallas-based Eureka Holdings. The walls of the home have been repainted, windows boarded up in a fashion that makes them appear to have shades drawn over them, and preservation architect Donna Carter has confirmed that the roof is watertight. Madere noted that to double-confirm the status of the roof, Carter will go to the house during the next rainstorm to check for leaks. Next up, the property owners will erect an informational panel in the front yard detailing the importance of I.Q. Hurdle to the community. “This is tremendous,” said Commissioner Terri Myers. “It goes a long way to give some presence to the house.” Now that the home has been secured, the commissioners are waiting for a full restoration plan. However, in order to ensure that progress continues moving forward, the commission voted unanimously to get a staff update next month on a restoration timeline as well as an update on the progress of the restoration. Going forward, they requested a monthly update from staff on the home.

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