Entering its tenth year supporting the arts, culture and education, the Hoffman Center in Manzanita is kicking off a capital fundraising campaign to complete needed improvements to its main building.
Myrtle Hoffman died in April 2004, launching through her and her late husband Lloyd’s family trust what would become the Hoffman Center – a place for locals and visitors of all ages to explore, create and connect through the arts.
Two large public meetings held in late 2004 solicited what the community wanted in an art center. Recognizing the Hoffmans’ house could accommodate few of those desires, the board of directors made an important decision. They purchased the former Treasure Cave building across the street in late 2006 to provide space for a wide range of programs to be developed. The Hoffmans’ house would be reserved for artist studios.
Architectural designs were obtained for replacing the building with something modern and striking. The project would have cost about $500,000. The board felt those funds could not be raised at the time, so they opted to refurbish the building as it was on a more limited budget.
“Three years ago, we began turning the original mini-storage and later gift store into a more usable, flexible, and comfortable place,” said Center president Dave Dillon. “We made certain things significantly better, but now is the time to complete the transformation. It’s time to finish off the Hoff.”
Starting in early 2011, the center room posts were removed, improving visibility. The clay studio was expanded and a window was installed. The Manzanita branch mural was mounted as an exterior wall. Two large windows were installed in the gallery room. The Laneda Ave. entrance awning was replaced. The gallery room and foyer were sheet-rocked and painted. Emergency and exterior lighting systems were upgraded, and storage space and access were improved.
“All this was done on a budget of about $26,000,” said Dillon. “Those funds were donated by local individuals and families, and stretched by the generosity of our local hardware stores and contractors.”
In 2012, the Center raised enough funds through its “Heat the Hoff” campaign to replace the old, inefficient and noisy heating and air conditioning system with a modern, efficient and quiet heat pump.
“There are still problems with the building. It lets out too much heat and lets in too much water,” said Dillon. “The old carpeting also needs to be replaced, so the whole place will be more inviting and comfortable.”
The Hoffman Center board has listed six projects that need to be completed at a total cost of about $36,100. “We’ve already received a very generous targeted donation of $12,500 from a local family for the projects,” said Dillon. “So that’s a great start, but we need to raise more to get the work done this year.”
The six projects are:
1. East Wall: Replace the east wall. Install a full light commercial style door, two horizontal windows, exterior cedar shingle siding and insulation. Sheetrock and texture finish the interior. Estimate $13,900
2. Center Room Electrical Upgrades: Install 10 new electrical receptacles, including added wiring, around the center room. Estimate: $2,400
3. Center Room North/South Walls: Sheetrock and texture finish the center room north and south walls. Estimate: $2,700
4. Ceiling: Insulate the ceiling, enclose with dark material, and paint trusses to match. Estimate: $3,300
5. West Wall of Center Room: Remove interior surface of the west wall of the center room, treat, insulate and sheetrock. Retain exterior metal siding. Estimate: $3,800
6. Flooring: Install approximately 220 square yards of commercial grade carpeting and other flooring. Estimate: $10,000
In addition to previous financial supporters, the Center hopes to attract new donors for the campaign. “We will be appealing to everybody who helped in the past, and to others we know have participated in Hoffman Center activities,” said Dillon. “It’s everybody’s building.”
“The Hoffman Center remains an important part of the culture of north Tillamook County, and we appreciate those who have helped make it grow over the past 10 years,” he added.
“We think Lloyd and Myrtle Hoffman would be pleased with what their memorial gift to the community has provided.”
Contributions to the Hoffman Center Capital Improvement Fund can be made by check, credit card, or transfer of appreciated stock. Contact the Hoffman Center at 503-368-3846; PO Box 678, Manzanita, OR 97130; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Hoffman Center is a non-profit public-benefit charity, qualified under IRS Section 501(c)(3).