Heritage, 2009, Volume 2 Page: 28
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To F nish the
T here is good news-and some of a not-so-good nature-
to report about the restoration of the Charles Goodnight
Home, a project of the Armstrong County Museum in
Claude, Texas. The structure is one of the earliest large homes in the
state's Panhandle and was the ranch headquarters for the cattleman and
trail driver. Preservationists want to save the home so that it can become
the centerpiece of the Charles Goodnight Historical Center.
Phase I of the restoration is now finished, including work on the
house's foundation, porches, roof, exterior paint, utility infrastruc-
ture-and structural studies by restoration experts and the Texas
Historical Commission. Those working on the project have taken
great care to retain the structure's integrity of location, design, set-
ting, materials, and workmanship.
"Our goal has been to make the home as much like it was when
Charles and Molly Goodnight lived there," said Montie Goodin, of
760 Jim Wright Freeway N. the Armstrong County Museum. Even with this tremendous prog-
Fort Worth, TX 76108 ress, though, Goodin acknowledged that funds are very tight now
817-246-2323 and the group does not have the necessary money to move on to
c lvi, WAR N, 1SIuM. texascivilwarmuseum.com Phase 2 of the project. "This is a difficult time to raise money, even
though we are about two-thirds done with the house. The primary
work yet to be completed is wallpaper, interior painting, and fur-
nishings." Goodin noted that in addition to seeking more funds, her
Group is also accepting donations of period furniture from the late
1800s to early 1900s.
5 While almost $1.8 million dollars has already been raised towards
L the restoration project, an additional $600,000 is needed to com-
w II plete the work. Plans include building a Visitor's Center and creating
an endowment to support the complex.
lb 1111i 1 * By working with two other foundations and its own members, the
S, H i t Texas Historical Foundation was able to give nearly $125,000 to this
II i project in 2007.
' . For more information regarding how to become involved,
3 contact Mondtie Goodin at 806-944-5474 or by email at
Photos, top to bottom: The Charles Goodnight House in Claude, Texas, is shown
in its original state, before the renovations began; completion of Phase 1 of the
restoration has brought the structure closer to the condition that it was in when
the Goodnights occupied the home. $600,000 is still needed to complete the
project, which includes painting, furnishings, and building a Visitor's Center. All
photographs are courtesy of the Amarillo Area Foundation.
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