It's been a busy year for the William Flagg Homer House; the long-time home of the Belmont Woman's Club at the corner of Pleasant Street and Concord Avenue has hosted croquet matches on its front lawn – inspired by the early drawings of Winslow Homer who was living in his uncle's house in the 1860s – and was featured in the July issue of the AAA South New England members magazine, actually bringing tourists to Belmont this summer, according to Susan Smart, Belmont Woman's Club's vice president.
And now the circa-1853 house is one of the first of the initial recipients of funding from the Community Preservation Committee is begin using the town's money to help begin the long-term preservation of the historic house overlooking Town Hall and Belmont Center.
The club announced that Boston's Wolf Architects, Inc. with MacLeod Consulting, Inc. of Belmont, will conduct the Building Survey and Conditions Report of the house with $10,000 of Community Preservation funds approved by the annual Town Meeting in April.
Architect Gary Wolf has extensive experience with historic properties and preservation projects while Belmont resident and structural engineer Arthur MacLeod will provide consulting services to the project.
The goal is to produce a guiding document containing a conditions assessment, treatment recommendations and an estimate of construction cost for the house.