Roenigks give Lane House $250,000

Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Lane House. Inc., a non-profit organization serving the youth of Carroll County for over 10 years, has received a $250,000 matching lead gift from Martin and Elise Roenigk toward the renovation of the 100 year-old building purchased by Lane House in 2003.

The $250,000 challenge grant from the Roenigks reaffirms their commitment to the arts and culture in Eureka Springs.

The Roenigks are co-owners of the Crescent and Basin Park hotels.

The Lane House Board of Directors will sign the lead gift agreement at noon Thursday in the Crescent Hotel.

A full description of the project will be given out on the 15th.

"We sincerely hope this lead gift will urge others to match us dollar-to-dollar in support of the new Lane House/Main Stage Community Center," said Martin Roenigk.

"It is significant that this historic downtown building on North Main is 100 years old, and will not only be preserved, but will be put to active use for the whole community," Roenigk said.

"This is a major step forward for the arts in Eureka Springs, which is an abiding interest of ours."

The estimated total cost for the renovation project is $970,000.

Both Martin & Elise Roenigk are actively involved in the history and preservation of Eureka Springs structures.

"Carroll County youth and families need the programs offered by Main Stage and Main Stage needs a building to house its wide array of offerings," Elise Roenigk emphasized.

"This 10,000 square foot historic structure has been empty for quite some time," Roenigk said.

"Imagine the breadth of activities, for the performing and creative arts, that are going to be included in this wonderful multipurpose facility!"

Elise Roenigk serves on the Lane House Board of Directors.

The building, located at 67 North Main Street, will function as the new headquarters for Lane House, Inc.

The facility will house a 130-seat theater, dance studio, community room, art and music studios, video editing lab and a language literacy lab.

"Lane House is changing from a youth-serving organization offerings arts programs to an arts organization serving the entire community, as well as tourists/visiting families," Executive Director Mary Jo Rose explained.

The main floor of Main Stage is scheduled to open by September of this year.

Lane House has been housed in the old rectory of the St. James Episcopal Church.

The local, state and national church have supported Lane House since 1993.

Lane House programs are funded in part by the Arkansas Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts, a local membership and a variety of foundations.

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