Join historic preservationist Melanie Barr as she presents the History of Gainesville's Dorsey House. Once located at NE 1st street for 90 years, it is now located on NE 5th Street. How do you move a house to a different location? It was carried on wheels on January 31, 1991, and paid for by Barr because she recognized the hidden beauty of the dilapidated house. How does one pay for such an undertaking? Loans, donations, and credit cards. "It's the house that credit cards saved," says Barr. It had been scheduled for demolition at its NE 1st Street address, but there was an option of moving it, so Barr thought of selling it to someone who could afford the restoration project. However, everyone wanted to turn it into a duplex and rent out the units. This is not what Barr wanted for the beautiful old house. She has interviewed the last two surviving Dorsey sisters, Lucretia and Roberta, for details about the house's original features stating that she "wanted it to be just like it was when the Dorseys had it."
Please come to hear Barr on Saturday, August 12 at 10:00 am in Meeting Room B, Library Headquarters in downtown Gainesville and find out who the interesting resident of the house is.
The program is made possible thanks to the generosity of the Friends of the Library.