Fueled by Passion, Built by Volunteers
The Graycliff Conservancy has been built by the passion and perseverance of volunteers – volunteers who have been emotionally driven to achieve Graycliff goals. Behavioral science tells us that the threat of loss is more motivating than the promise of gain, so in 1997 when the houses at Graycliff were threatened with demolition by developers, Carol Bronnenkant and the hardy band of preservationists who rallied around her:
- Formed the Conservancy
- Purchased the property
- Swung sledge hammers to demolish and remove buildings that were not from the Wright-Martin era
- Raised the first several million dollars for restoration even before the first employee was hired
Volunteering is Personal
From those early days the volunteer tradition has grown at Graycliff. Twenty years of tour-giving and interpreting the story of the houses, Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Martin family give Graycliff docents and visitors an opportunity not just to connect and learn, but to take an emotional journey that links to something personally important...
- From their own family history
- Connects them with the calm and tranquility of the Lake Erie vista and the feeling of peace it inspires
- Affirms the momentum and sense of justice that stems from the Conservancy’s 20 year preservation movement
Graycliff Needs You Now
The truth is that everyone is moved by something personal to take action for Graycliff – whether it’s to give, to volunteer, or simply to pass along the story of how volunteers started a movement to save this beautiful landmark, Wright’s “Jewel on the Lake.” Twenty years and $5 million later, the story is still unfolding.
Join us now to help write the final chapters of this restoration story.
If you are so inclined, we need:
- Docents – Tour leaders who interpret the historic house and grounds.
- Chaperones - Chaperones work closely with Docents to help with tours.
- Green Team - Landscape volunteers who can help return the grounds to their condition in 1931
- Special Events - Event volunteers assist with our various special events throughout the year, both at Graycliff and off-site.
- Teachers - Help share your passion for architecture with the next generation by leading student specific programming.
- Housekeeping – Folks who can help with the upkeep and housekeeping of our four structures.
Simply reply by indicating your field of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, please fill out our online form here!