A Porter Mansion makeover has been helped along by USA Niagara Development Corp. and the city of Niagara Falls.

The two entities presented its first Building and Facade Improvement Program micro-grant to The Tatler on Monday. The $9,855.40 check will be used as a matching grant to reimburse The Tatler Club for the rehabilitation of the historic Porter Mansion.

“Thousands of people visit Niagara Falls each year, making it critical that the city’s historic-commercial neighborhoods are targeted for restoration,” said Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Kenneth Adams.

Added Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, “This initiative is geared to assist individual property and small business owners to maintain and upgrade their historic properties. The members of The Tatler Club have shown tremendous fortitude in preserving a local architectural and historic treasure and I commend them.”

The Tatler Club, formed in 1926 by the wives of executives of big industry in downtown Niagara Falls, has been dedicated to the preservation of the Porter Mansion since its early days, according to Tatler Club President Beth Waters. 

“We are thrilled to receive this grant as it allows us to continue to serve as stewards of a beautiful building that is an important part of the region’s history,” she said.

With the city and USA Niagara’s assistance, The Tatler Club was able to replace the mansion’s storm windows, paint the exterior trim and doors and repave the driveway.

“It is our hope that all residents and businesses within the Buffalo Avenue Heritage District talk with us about participating in this unique neighborhood grant program,” USA Niagara Development President Christopher J. Schoepflin said.

Grants of up to $10,000 per project are available, with applicants matching at least 100 percent of the requested amount. The goal of the micro-grant program is to first bring the exterior of the buildings in the Buffalo Avenue Heritage District up to code through building improvements, and then to enhance the look of the neighborhood through facade improvements.

For more information on the Building and Facade Improvement Program, visit usaniagara.com.

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