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Members of the Ridgway Heritage Council are in the early stages of restoring the facade of the the historic Bogert House at 105 Main St. in downtown Ridgway.
"We thought in the short term it would be a good idea to start with the front of the building because that is what you see first," said Robert Imhof of the Heritage Council.
With the restoration of the facade, Heritage Council members hope to spark more interest from potential buyers and investors.
Once purchased, Imhof hopes to see the building restored to its intended use as a hotel or hotel/apartment building.
"The Bogert being on our Main Street, we have always looked at it as something that if we restore it, it will become a contributing property to our community as it was," Imhof said. "It was one of six hotels in this town at one time, and now there are none. This is typical in many small towns; this just happens to be my hometown, so I look at this rather seriously."
Imhof noted that from a recreational point of view, Ridgway is a focal point in the Pennsylvania Wilds and lumber heritage region because of the assets around it.
"We've become the reception town for all of these outdoor activities that go on outside of Ridgway, and we know that people would want to stay downtown after spending the day on the river or out on the Rail-Trail, then come back and go up to their hotel room, get cleaned up, and walk down to Lumberjack [restaurant] for dinner," Imhof said.
Heritage Council members plan to be finished with the facade by the end of August.
"It just takes time," Imhof said. "It's a long process to do this right and scrape it down. I have a couple people who are working with me who have done a lot of work similar to this."
The restoration of the facade includes fixing the original doors, window frames, entranceway, and two bay windows, then topping it all off with a fresh coat of paint.