During the Heritage Foundation Preservation Awards at the Franklin Theatre on Tuesday evening, the foundation released more information regarding their newest project with the former O’More College of Design which is now called Franklin Grove Estates and Gardens.
Franklin Grove logo and initial property concepts on the property were unveiled. Many local firms were involved in the brand development process. The Heritage Foundation board of directors selected the logo designed by downtown Franklin’s Twine Graphics & Screen Printing. Twine’s owner John Bond is the Downtown Franklin Association design chair and also serves on the Franklin Grove advisory board.
The Foundation also announced several lead gifts toward the Franklin Grove capital campaign. Sondra Morris gave a substantial gift to save the property, itself. Had Morris not stepped forward, the former O’More campus could have been sold to developers – forever losing this historic treasure in downtown Franklin. Calvin and Marilyn LeHew gave a gift toward the Victorian mansion, which will be renamed the Calvin LeHew Mansion, the mansion will house Williamson, Inc.’s Center for Innovation.
In addition, the Foundation announced Calvin LeHew as chair of the capital campaign to raise the remaining funds for the rehabilitation of Franklin Grove.
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