Gardar, ND Township Hall

$111,760 of $105,000 goal

Raised by 272 people in 37 months
"We are living in the midst of history, not at the end of it. Much remains to be written." - Magnus Olafson

A town hall is often the heart of a small town. This has certainly been true of the Gardar Hall, which is nearly as old as Gardar Township itself.  Over the generations, this building has been the home of community dances, civic organizational meetings, school basketball games, and no doubt countless unpublished stories of youngsters testing the limits of rules and propriety behind the stage curtain and prying eyes of watchful adults.  Today the Gardar Hall has seen much better days, and is in a state of disrepair.  Over the past few years, discussions of tearing down the building have been heard, and was ready for action this past spring.  Thankfully a group of concerned citizens have gathered and organized to develop a plan to save this historic building and to restore it so that many more generations may enjoy this facility.

The Gardar Township Hall is owned by the Gardar Township, and is managed by the Township Board.  When the renovation project is complete, it will allow the hall to remain useful to area residents and visitors for many years to come.  A thorough evaluation of the structure finds that it is generally a very sound building, though there are problems that need to be addressed, including a crumbling foundation, a leaky roof, and water damage on the west side of the building.  A talented, knowledgeable, and committed group of local volunteers have stepped up to provide the labor.  Funds raised will be used to purchase the needed materials and move the building to the new foundation.

Our full fundraising goal is $105,000 to complete this renovation project in two phases as funding goals are achieved.  

Phase One has begun and will continue as funding becomes available.  It is estimated to cost $50,000, and addresses the immediate needs of the building:  

- Stabilize the structure and make any structural repairs needed (in progress now)
- Build a new, permanent foundation adjacent to the current site  
- Lift and move the building onto the new foundation
- Install new doors and windows
- Re-side the building with quality steel siding
- Re-roof the building with metal roofing materials.

Phase Two
 of this project will make the building more accessible and usable through all seasons and for multiple purposes.  With an estimated cost of $55,000, it will include:

- Re-build the sidewalk and entry to the building for wheelchair access
- Construct bathrooms and kitchen facilities
- New plumbing and septic system
- Replace the electrical system to bring it up to current coding requirements
- Install a heating system and insulate the building
- Address interior cosmetic items

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Accounts have been established to accept your charitable donations. Phase one has begun in order for the building to be moved before further deterioration.

We appreciate any and all donations to help this project complete both phases and preserve this historic piece of history in Gardar, ND.

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If you're in a Nodak Electric serving community, be sure to check out your latest copy of Nodak Neighbor. Our Gardar Township Hall restoration project is one of their feature stories. Thank you, Nodak!
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Almost there! Just $7,306 to go before we reach our goal to complete Phase 1. Thank you!!
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We're getting very close to reaching our Phase One goal of $50,000. Thanks to a grant from the Pembina County Job Development Authority, we are $5,000 closer to our goal. Thank you to ALL of our contributors for making this project a success!!
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The Gardar Hall restoration project continues to make great progress. In the past few months the new foundation was built, and the building moved to its new, permanent location. Since then, a great deal of work has taken place. The foundation walls were sealed, and the trench surrounding the building has now been filled – just in time for winter to arrive. Lumber used for bracing the foundation walls during the move that are no longer needed for that purpose have been removed and placed into dry storage for use during the roofing project. More work will continue to square up the building to its new foundation.

Another piece of the project underway is the restoration of the scoreboard! If you have seen the scoreboard in the last several years, you’ll recall that it has seen better days, and has been disconnected from any power source. Robert Olgeirson has volunteered his time and expertise to bring this piece of history back to life. It is quite an undertaking, and certainly appreciated. It will be a fantastic addition to the finished project.
Winter is here, and work continues!
Time to bring this beauty back to life.
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$111,760 of $105,000 goal

Raised by 272 people in 37 months
Created July 27, 2016
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