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2/5/2014 2:39:00 PM
Old Hotel looks to update siding
Erik Pague

The Old Hotel Art Gallery is in need of new siding and director Sally Laufer hopes the community will continue to support the building's ongoing remodel by contributing $12,145 to add to the almost $20,000 the group's already raised for the project.
According to Laufer, the old siding, which has already had numerous repairs done to it over time, is beginning to fall apart in places and she would like to get all the work done before summer.
"It is a necessity that I get it done this spring because the siding is falling off," she said. "It's just deteriorated so badly that I'm afraid it's going to fall off on somebody, on the west side in particular."
Originally, Laufer wanted to strip off the old siding and replace it with new material, but it was too cost prohibitive and she decided to go after covering up the old siding. The exterior work would wrap up various projects already finished at the building, including a new furnace installation, replacement windows, interior painting and wall repair when the basement partially collapsed.
"Our initial idea was to take everything off and remove the two layers on top of the original shiplap siding," Laufer said.
She wants to use a composite material she said would look similar to the original siding. Laufer feels visitors are left feeling disappointed when they see the poor condition the exterior of the building is in.
"It kind of makes you feel bad when people talk down about your building," she said.
The Old Hotel has secured a $2,500 grant from the Columbia Basin Foundation to put toward the siding job, but it could expire before Laufer is able to use the money. She said donors would get recognition at the building and can contact her at 488-5936 to ask about donating.

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