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
$4,800 Replacement of vault door (current door is beyond restoration) *8
$5,000 Restoration of entrance (re-set pillars, replace chain, address drainage concerns)
$13,000 Installation of perimeter fence
$100,639 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 began rebuilding the stone front of the vault on 5/27/2020 and completed on 9/2/2020. An Albany Count Legislative Grant (sponsored by Bill Reinhardt and Frank Mauriello) as well as a matching donation from Frank and Sue Virgilio funded $5,050 with the balance funded by general donations.
The entablature was purchased from Stefanazzi and Spargo by Frank and Sue Virgilio. Sue is John I. Slingerland's 3rd great-granddaughter. 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.
Stewart's Shops donated $2,000 toward the cost of the door and the balance was funded by general donations. Adnak Contracting Services LLC, a Women Owned Business located in Saratoga NY, fabricated and installed the door which cost $5,200 less than the amount originally budgeted.