VENICE – Employees from Ball Construction not long ago started perform on the exterior of the Lord-Higel Residence, the 2nd-oldest dwelling in Sarasota County.

Restoration attempts on the household – built in 1896 and moved from the south shore of Roberts Bay to its existing place at 409 Granada Ave. in 2005 – have been ongoing for quite a few decades.

Though the city owns the home, Venice Heritage Inc. has been elevating money for and running the restoration work.

Ronnie Fernandez, chairman of Venice Heritage Inc., informed the Venice City Council in January 2020 that it experienced all the funding in hand to restore the historic framework.

But a blend of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown and the unexpected have to have to restore the second floor’s exterior – in section to treatment a water intrusion issue – means that the nonprofit will have to resume fundraising to end the work.

The Lord-Higel House, which was built in 1896, is the second-oldest home in Sarasota County and the oldest home in Venice.

The get the job done that Ball Development started the 7 days of Feb. 8 included changing the siding on the second floor, to prevent leaks.

“That experienced to take precedence in excess of the unique project,” observed Venice Historic Means supervisor Harry Klinkhamer.

“It was fairly harmed for the reason that of the way it was set up,” Venice Heritage treasurer Dorothy Korwek said of the work. “All the nails experienced rusted when steel rusts, it expands and cracks all the lumber.”