Roadside America's Roof Renovations
$18,826 of $80,000 goal
The miniature village at Roadside America was actually completed in 1963 with the passing of its single creator, Laurence Gieringer. Since then, the exhibit has been passed down through generations but always kept in the family. It has been on display in its current building in Shartlesville, Pennsylvania since 1953. To this day, thousands of patrons visit and are amazed by the larger-than-life landscape.
As is to be expected with an exhibit of this age, the building the display has resided in since 1953 is showing signs of wear. The biggest concern currently threatening the survival of this incredible work of art is our roof. In times of large rainfall accumulation, various points in our roof begin to leak and consequentially short out ceiling lights and cause puddles in our attic that often lead to puddles on the show floor.
We've been very lucky so far that the leaks have not affected the display itself, but we are looking to repair the leaking roof before it becomes even more of a serious issue. With your help, we can reach our goal and keep our 6,000 square foot exhibit nice and dry. We've gotten several quotes and our goal of $80,000 is the lowest rate we have found for our massive and historic building at this time.
In 2015, the village celebrated its 80th anniversary of originally opening to the public. With your help, we can keep this historic work of art on display for generations to come.
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It's not too late to help support our GoFundMe campaign. We are working diligently to protect the miniature village, but we are still in need of a new roof now more than ever. Help us spread the campaign and support us if you can.
I'm just saying to all the berks county business they need your help. Here is a place that has been there for over 80 years and has a draw from far and wide. I would like to put a work out to Empire Surplus and Heeby's Surplus lets see what we can do to help. I think both of these places have product they could use to help. And any other building material places look at what you can give to help. NEVER WANT TO SEE THIS PLACE DAMAGED.
Congratulations! Roadside America must always be so we can see where we came from!
Toured Roadside America with my son in August, 2016. This was his first visit; he loved it. I was pleasantly surprised how it still reflects America when life was easier, not complicated by today's hi tech rush, rush society. In an effort to raise money for the restoration of the roof my suggestion is to merely raise the price of admission. Now, the price is $7.00 for adults. 7 dollars for 1 to 2 hours of being able to tour the huge display of old America is worth every penny. Raising the price from $7 to $8, or even $9 dollars could quickly make up the deficit they need to cover the cost of replacing the roof. Personally I think that a good majority of guests visiting Roadside America wouldn't object to them raising the admission fee one or two dollars.