WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Historical Society will begin its move to the historic Armory building on the corner of Third Avenue and Ninth Street in Worthington after receiving permission from the county's Board of Commissioners Tuesday.
NCHS has entered a contract-for-deed agreement with the county, meaning it will pay off the price of the building for five years and receive the deed in 2024.
Before moving materials, significant renovation must occur on the building. Among the planned improvements is climate-controlled storage space to protect artifacts. Since the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, contractors must retain and/or restore some of its features.
Construction is slated to begin in August.
“The historical society is excited to get this project going,” NCHS President Art Frame stated in an NCHS press release. “Not only will it give us ample space to continue the NCHS’ mission of preserving and interpreting our county’s history, but it will also give purpose to a historical building that might otherwise be torn down.”
Moving into the Armory is financially possible thanks to a $1 million donation from Bob and Pat Ludlow of Worthington. The city and the county together matched the Ludlows' funding. NCHS has already secured a few grants toward the project and is still applying for more. Additional fundraising efforts in the community are on the horizon.