Harmon Parkhurst took this wintry photo of the Oppenheimer House during the time of the Los Alamos Ranch School. Courtesy/Parkhurst Collection, Los Alamos Historical Society Photo Archives
By Elizabeth Martineau
Los Alamos Historical Society
This has certainly been a historic year that we will remember. I want to thank each one of you for your donations to and membership in the Los Alamos Historical Society. Your generosity is helping us weather the storm of 2020, and we are looking forward to a brighter 2021.
Many people have questions about the Oppenheimer House, so I wanted to give you a short update. First, thank you to John Ruminer, the Committee Chair leading this project, for his dedication and time.
A thorough inspection of the house was conducted by Jim Robinson, Assured Home Services, LLC. Shay and Sam Kendricks generously picked up the bill for this inspection. Based on this report, we now have a list of necessary repairs, including electrical upgrades, roofing repair, and plumbing
AOS Architects has completed architectural drawings that will be used to obtain permits and solicit bids for projects. They are also planning a condition assessment that will help determine priorities for preservation and renovation.
The Los Alamos Daily Post recently published a story about the house with interior photographs that might interest you, Daily Post Article. You may also keep up-to-date with the house on our website. We plan to provide regular updates to members in our quarterly magazine.
Our goal is to fully open the house to the public in 2022, and you can help ensure this happens. Roger Waterman and Emily McGay established a dedicated fund at Enterprise Bank for Oppenheimer House expenses. If you are considering an end-of-year gift, please consider a donation to this fund.
Please stay safe and warm!
We look forward to seeing you in 2021.