Preserve Granbury presented $9,334 to the City of Granbury for use in rehabilitating the historic houses at Lambert Branch Park and $26,000 to the city for use in rehabilitating the 1882 A.P. Gordon House and other historic buildings at the Langdon Center. Preserve Granbury presented the cash donations to the city during the May 7 meeting of the city council.
“Preserve Granbury tremendously appreciates the support we’ve received from members of our community for historic preservation, and we’re passing that along for some significant hands-on bricks-and-mortar preservation projects in the city,” said Claudia Southern, president of Preserve Granbury.
In 2010, Preserve Granbury donated $4,666 to the city for rehabilitation of the historic houses at Lambert Branch Park, so the current donation toward that project will bring the total donated by the group to $14,000. This year, Preserve Granbury’s directors voted to donate $5,000 toward the rehabilitation of historic buildings at the Langdon Center, as part of the community’s match of the generous $100,000 grant from the Inge Foundation.
Early this year, Preserve Granbury received two donations from descendants of the A.P. Gordon family—Mr. Jerry Langford and Mr. Read Langford, both of Houston. Their donations are in memory of Billie Gayle “Bee Gee” Gordon Langford and Richard “Dick” Gordon, children of Bill and Ruby Gordon, who were the last members of the Gordon family to reside in the late 19th century house . The Langfords specified that their donations be used specifically for rehabilitation of the historic Gordon House at the Langdon Center. Preserve Granbury passed along these donations to the city for its use in rehabilitating the house.
During the council meeting, President Southern also presented an additional $26,000 from the Inge Foundation to the city for use in rehabilitation of the buildings at the Langdon Center. The Inge Foundation and Preserve Granbury’s Advisors, Charles and Dominique Inge, donated the $26,000 to match donations from the Gordon family and Preserve Granbury. The Inge Foundation previously pledged $100,000 toward rehabilitation of buildings at the Langdon Center and requested that their pledge be matched by donations from community members. With the Inge’s contribution, Preserve Granbury and the Inge Foundation presented $61,334 for historic preservation to the City of Granbury on May 7.
“Preservation of Granbury’s architectural and natural heritage and built resources keeps our community’s charm and sense of place intact, and is a special gift that one generation bequeaths to those who follow,” Southern said. “And Preserve Granbury is honored to lead the way toward preserving our heritage for future generations.”