Before, left,  and after, right, of the Captain Edward Penniman House.

The Captain Edward Penniman House, a living museum that once was a sea captain’s home, has recently been repainted so that it now depicts the residence’s authentic, original colors.

It’s all part of a Centennial Challenge Fund commemorating the National Park Services’ 100th anniversary in 2016.

The park service awarded $85,000 to match $100,000 pledged by the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore (Friends), the seashore’s nonprofit partner, and $15,000 of funds that were donated by Eastern National, the seashore’s cooperating association.

“We are thrilled that the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore were willing to step forward to make a substantial donation in support of the historic Captain Penniman House,” said Superintendent Price, “The Friends support the seashore in many ways and we thank them for their continued support and efforts. We were particularly fortunate the donation was matched by the national Centennial Challenge Fund, which will enable the seashore to proceed with the painting to upgrade the Penniman House as part of our Centennial program.”

Work included inspection and repair or replacement of architectural details, including trim, gutters and downspouts, columns, doors, cupola, porch, chimneys and storm windows; repointing of chimneys and repair to flashing; preparation and painting of the house;and preparation and staining of the mansard roof and chimneys.

A special educational component of this project involves students from the carpentry program at Cape Cod Regional Technical High School who will meet with National Park Service (NPS) preservation specialists at the house while the project is underway to learn about preservation principles and methods. This program is part of an ongoing relationship seashore staff has with this school to help train their trades students and to convey NPS resource values and career opportunities.

The year 2016 marks the Centennial of the establishment of the National Park Service. During this time of celebrations there are many initiatives, including the NPS Centennial Challenge for projects and programs at national parks.

The goal of the Centennial Challenge is to inspire creative initiatives to improve visitor services, support outreach to new audiences, and leverage partnerships to reinvigorate the parks while forging connections with communities. The Centennial Challenge awarded funding to more than 100 projects across the National Park Service to leverage a $10 million congressional appropriation with $15.9 million matching funds from more than 90 partner organizations.

Click here to read more about the Captain Edward Penniman House’s history.