Phase 1: Stabilization & Protection
Below are estimates for stabilizing and protecting the vault while retaining the vault’s historic character.
$10,000 Tree removal, grading and defined right-of-way *1
$1,600 Archaeological assessment of interior of vault *2
$1,575 Analyze depression on top of vault *3
$2,800 Repair damaged sarcophagus of John H. Slingerland within vault *4
$1,344 Historical Marker *5
$58,000 Rebuild stonework at front of vault *6
$2,520 Replacement of vault identifying entablature *7
$10,000 Replacement of vault door (current door is beyond restoration)
$5,000 Restoration of entrance (re-set pillars, replace chain, address drainage concerns)
$13,000 Installation of perimeter fence
$105,839 Total Phase 1
Phase 2: Aesthetics
Funds remaining after the above efforts will be used for aesthetics, such as filling the depression at the top of the vault, landscaping, informational kiosk or a walkable path to the site.
- Tree removal, grading and defined right-of-way was completed with Town of Bethlehem resources at no cost to this project.
- Archaeological assessment of the interior of the vault was completed by Archaeologist Daniel E. Mazeau and Archaeologist Sean Higgins of Beverwyck Archaeology at no cost to this project.
- Analyze depression at the top of the vault was completed by Jack Healy, P.E. of Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis Engineering & Surveying, D.P.C. at no cost to this project. Jack supervised a team of volunteers consisting of descendants Frank Slingerland, Bob Mullens, Sue Virgilio and Jason Virgilio as well as Town Historian Susan Leath.
- John H. Slingerland's sarcophagus was repaired by Bourque Construction which is based in Slingerlands. Joseph and Mary Ellen Grimaldi have donated $1,135 to be used to replace the marble marker on John H. Slingerland's sarcophagus during the repair. Mary Ellen is John H.'s great-granddaughter.
- The historical marker was donated by former Slingerlands Elementary School teacher Evonne Lutkus.
- Ganem Contracting Corp. started rebuilding the stone front of the vault on 5/27/2019.
- The entablature is on order. Frank and Sue Virgilio donated $2,520 to be used to replace the entablature on the front of the vault. Sue is John I. Slingerland's 3rd great-grandaughter. The donation is in memory of Elizabeth Vanderzee Slingerland, John I.'s first wife and Sue's 3rd great-grandmother, whose burial location is not known.