Danbury should stand up for Richter H...

Danbury should stand up for Richter House

There are 31 comments on the NewsTimes.com story from Mar 14, 2008, titled Danbury should stand up for Richter House. In it, NewsTimes.com reports that:

Christine Rotello was born in Danbury. She's lived her whole life in the city her ancestors helped found in the late 1600s.

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burn it down

Morristown, NJ

#21 Mar 14, 2008
if what ms Diona said was correct, the arts has neglected the house as well by freeloading all these years. They have not registered as a 501C3 organization. By doing so they can fund raise, apply for grants, etc. They are playing the victims very well. The amount of VOLUNTEER time the RPA does should be equaled by the people who support the Richter house. Does Richter Arts even compile any information like how many residents to non-residents use the facilities? They need to step up as well people.
Eddie Haskel

United States

#22 Mar 14, 2008
Would it surprise anyone that in the distant future, a sale of the house and golf course to a private entity involved in the golf industry is entertained?
Sarah

Burlington, VT

#23 Mar 14, 2008
Eddie Haskel wrote:
Would it surprise anyone that in the distant future, a sale of the house and golf course to a private entity involved in the golf industry is entertained?
The city can't sell the property because of the deed restrictions by the Richter family.
I love McCain

Shelton, CT

#24 Mar 14, 2008
burn it down wrote:
if what ms Diona said was correct, the arts has neglected the house as well by freeloading all these years. They have not registered as a 501C3 organization. By doing so they can fund raise, apply for grants, etc. They are playing the victims very well. The amount of VOLUNTEER time the RPA does should be equaled by the people who support the Richter house. Does Richter Arts even compile any information like how many residents to non-residents use the facilities? They need to step up as well people.
1. Who's Al?

2. This is a case of mismanagement by an Authority who thinks it doesn't have to answer to anyone. Where was the oversight by the city all these years?
Socialite

Lake Worth, FL

#25 Mar 14, 2008
HAVE THE PEOPLE OF DANBURY EVER HEARD THE WORD PRESERVATION? THAT'S WHAT THEY DO IN EUROPE AND WE AMERICANS GO THERE TO SEE THESE BUILDINGS THAT HAVE BEEN PRESERVED FOR FUTURE GENERATIONS. LET'S TRY TO DO THE SAME. DANBURY CAN AFFORD IT.
billy

Boston, MA

#27 Mar 14, 2008
I seem to remember an elevator in the foyer- Mrs. Richter used it. There's room for a free standing elevator, perhaps wrought iron. There's a swimming pool somewhere in the back yard -filled in years ago. For anyone who's never been inside, it is a great house. It can and should be saved. Then it needs regular maintenance- which could have avoided this mess.
LONESOME GEORGE

Guilford, CT

#28 Mar 14, 2008
I think you need an experienced committee of volunteers to evaluate the building's potental.

Somebody get in touch with "This Old House" and see if they are interested to be involved. It would not be totally free but they might be able to provide support in some ways.

Maybe for some commercial aknowledgement, Home Depot or Lowes could suupply a roof. Anderson or Pella or some other window maker could supply energy rated windows.

Do the students at Henry Abbott Tech do field jobs anymore?

Renew a quest for a state grant. Bethel seems to luck out on a regular basis.

Decide if the house is worth it and let a committee explor these and other options.
Infuriated

AOL

#29 Mar 15, 2008
burn it down wrote:
if what ms Diona said was correct, the arts has neglected the house as well by freeloading all these years. They have not registered as a 501C3 organization. By doing so they can fund raise, apply for grants, etc. They are playing the victims very well. The amount of VOLUNTEER time the RPA does should be equaled by the people who support the Richter house. Does Richter Arts even compile any information like how many residents to non-residents use the facilities? They need to step up as well people.
Well...once again you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Musicals at Richter is a 501C3 organization. They do apply for grants. There is a director of fundraising and she is doing a pretty damn good job. But please remember that this is 100% a volunteer position and isn't able to dedicate her entire life to raising money. But they do raise quite a bit of money to run a season. Do you research before you open your mouth next time!!!
logical

Danbury, CT

#30 Mar 16, 2008
Infuriated wrote:
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Well...once again you have absolutely no idea what you are talking about. Musicals at Richter is a 501C3 organization. They do apply for grants. There is a director of fundraising and she is doing a pretty damn good job. But please remember that this is 100% a volunteer position and isn't able to dedicate her entire life to raising money. But they do raise quite a bit of money to run a season. Do you research before you open your mouth next time!!!
Before you open your mouth next time, "Infuriated" referred to the Richter Arts group, not Musicals at Richter. The arts group is not registered and does no fundraising. Additionally, they don't seem to feel they even need to. Considering the number of grants floating around for arts organizations, it's too bad they're not interested or willing to do their share. Paying a miniscule yearly membership fee is not enough.
Diversity Dude

Newtown, CT

#31 Mar 16, 2008
I agree, put a match to the place.
desparte for Richter

East Hampton, CT

#32 Jun 29, 2008
I really think this monumental piece oh history at least if anything could be restored I have be do ing multuple musicals there for 6 year wishing for seven so restoration should be in order.

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