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Connecticut College awarded $20,000 from the Dr. Scholl Foundation

The Dr. Scholl Foundation has awarded Connecticut College a $20,000 grant to support the ongoing stabilization and renovation of the college's historic steel house. The grant will help fit the historic building - currently undergoing a complete restoration - with operable, code-compliant mechanical systems. With this grant, the Dr. Scholl Foundation has provided a total of $153,500 to support the renovation and reuse of the structure, a rare surviving example of the work of the pioneering Chicago-based company General Houses Inc. The prefabricated house, erected in 1933 for the founding director of New London's Lyman Allyn Art Museum, was acquired by the college in 1949 and used as faculty housing until 2004. When the restoration is complete, the steel house will be used as a hub for Connecticut College's sustainability efforts and for student-centered activities related to the environment. In addition to the funding from the Dr. Scholl Foundation, the project has been awarded more than $165,000 in grants from various organizations and foundations, including the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD). About the Dr. Scholl Foundation The Dr. Scholl Foundation was established by Dr. William M. Scholl in 1947. It is a private, independent grant-making foundation created for charitable purposes. The Dr. Scholl Foundation is dedicated to providing financial assistance to organizations committed to improving our world. Solutions to the problems of today's world still lie in the values of innovation, practicality, hard work and compassion. Grants are made annually after an extensive review by the staff and all the directors of the Dr. Scholl Foundation. About Connecticut College Situated on the coast of southern New England, Connecticut College is a highly selective private liberal arts college with 1900 students from all across the country and throughout the world. On the college's 750-acre arboretum campus overlooking Long Island Sound, students and faculty create a vibrant social, cultural and intellectual community enriched by diverse perspectives. The college, founded in 1911, is known for its unique combination of interdisciplinary studies, international programs, funded internships, student-faculty research and service learning. For more information, visit

January 24, 2012