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Historic Woman’s Club of Lincoln needs donations for ADA upgrades

By: Carol Percy, Reporter
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One of Lincoln’s proud historic landmarks is in immediate need of funding to meet accessibility challenges.

Built in 1924, the Woman’s Club of Lincoln, founded by Carrie Chandler Gladding, is slated to undergo $50,000 in structural changes over the next five years, according to club members. Gladding was the daughter-in-law of Charles Gladding, co-founder of Lincoln’s Gladding, McBean Company.

Claire Luke, program chairwoman for the Woman’s Club of Lincoln’s accessibility project, said the planned improvements will achieve two goals. The club will meet California State Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements for a public building and will make the club more user-friendly for members.

“We don’t want anyone to be restricted access to the building,” Luke said.

For the first renovation phase, $20,000 is required to begin the project. These initial funds are needed by early December to build an accessible entrance into the building and a wheelchair ramp.

Other scheduled improvements include rebuilding two restrooms and the facility’s kitchen, according to a report by Erika and Lewis Springer, California State registered CASp (certified access) specialists with LRS Architecture.

Late last year, Erica Springer assessed the Woman’s Club building. And in February, Springer issued a 1,200-page report and a five-year plan with phased projects, she said.

Lewis Springer said he appreciated being involved in the project.

“Being able to help the Lincoln Woman’s Club improve their building for members with disabilities is a great pleasure and exactly my intent when I started this division of LRS Architecture,” he said.

So far, the club has raised one-fourth of the needed project funds, Luke said. The Rotary Club of Lincoln donated $5,000 in June.

To secure an additional $15,000, club members are organizing a series of fundraisers, beginning with a public tour of five Lincoln homes, according to Luke.

The Home Tour of Lincoln on Oct. 1 will include a reception at the Woman’s Club, 499 E. St. in Lincoln. The reception will feature refreshments, piano music and vendors, according to Luke.

Although the Woman’s Club was founded in 1911, members met in private homes and in the basement of the Carnegie Library until their clubhouse was completed in 1924, according to club member Fran Neves.

 

The clubhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and serves as a nonprofit social club for women who are dedicated to community service, Neves said.

Luke said the club is not only a “treasured” Lincoln landmark but also offers a comfortable rental venue at “reasonable” rates for public events such as weddings and baby showers, anniversary celebrations and memorial services.

“Because we’re on the historic registry, the club represents pride for everyone in Lincoln,” Luke said. “People walk in (the club) and say, ‘Oh, it’s so warm and friendly; it’s like walking into a home.’”

In addition to planned fundraisers, the club welcomes donations from the community. Funds for the project are needed “as soon as possible,” Luke said.

 “If everyone would give whatever they can … even a dollar would help to make this (accessibility project) happen,” Luke said.

Send checks to the Woman’s Club of Lincoln, P.O. Box 1113, Lincoln, CA 95648. Reference: ADA Project.

For more information about donating or fundraisers, call Luke at 253-3711.