July 2021 - Update
May 2021 - Restoration Update
Major work is underway as spring weather arrives and the focus of the building restoration shifts from inside to outside.
Parapets are being disassembled for preservation and reconstruction, we're creating a new 55 space parking lot with charging stations for visitors (both L2 and Tesla), new walkways are being poured, the landscape is being restored and new plantings going in (some of which you will soon be able to see from the front of our property on Geneva Street), and decades of water that soaked the brick facades continues to dry out.
Soon we'll begin putting a new roof on the Observatory building, and inside the building hardwood floors are being stained and light fixtures are going in.
And for the first time this year we opened the great dome to let some fresh air and sunshine in on the still-wrapped "Great Refractor" telescope.
Thanks to everyone who has supported the Yerkes Future Foundation in these efforts so far.
*all photos (except telescope) courtesy of Ideal Impressions/Ryan Bensheimer