Laboratory Restoration Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

01/26/2012

Media Release - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
293-334-7419

Images: Edison at work in the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory in Fort Myers, Florida; Various consultants throughout the restoration of the Edison Botanic Research Lab. For higher resolution or photos email lsbuttoni@edisonfordwinterestates.org

Edison Botanic Research Laboratory Restoration
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – February 15, 2012

Fort Myers, FL(January 25, 2012) On February 15, 2012 at 11 a.m. the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be celebrating the completion of the Edison Botanic Research Laboratory restoration project with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The ceremony will include a behind the scenes lab tour with the Edison Ford trustees, staff, project consultants, officials and funding agencies. The event is FREE to the public. .

The project to restore the 1928 Lab has been led by Edison Ford staff and consultants from throughout the country who restored this important historic building, recreated the historic scientific work that was accomplished by Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone, and are giving “hands-on-science” a new meaning with a growing array of programs such as the “Wild Wizard” and Edison Mucker’s shows.

The three year restoration with overall funding of more than $900,000 provided building stabilization, restoration of exterior siding, windows and roof, state-of-the-art fire suppression and alarm systems, new building access, as well as interpretation of the chemical lab and processing area, machine shop, plant processing, grinding room, darkroom and staff offices.

Funding and grants have been provided by the Edison & Ford Winter Estates Inc., Edison Ford Winter Estates Foundation, State of Florida, The 1772 Foundation, US HUD EDI Grants, and City of Fort Myers. The lab restoration project is the culmination of more than $13 million in restoration and improvements which have been completed in the past decade with support from the State of Florida, City of Fort Myers, Lee County, National Trust for Historic Preservation and various local and national grants. The Edison & Ford Winter Estates is a National Register Historic Site, a Florida Historic Landmark and original Save America Project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the nation’s most visited historic home sites.

The Edison Ford is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. The Edison Ford is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site. For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site at www.edisonfordwinterestates.org.

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