On Thursday, June 7, 2012, the Peninsula Foundation introduced new supporters to the Foundation by celebrating “50 Years of Preservation in Peninsula” and the work of local preservationist and Foundation founder Robert L. Hunker.
Robert L. Hunker began purchasing and restoring endangered historic structures in Peninsula in 1962, including the G.A.R. Hall (1850s), Wood’s Store (1820s), an original cheese factory (1880s), and many more. These buildings were painstakingly restored and are owned by the Peninsula Foundation which Robert L. Hunker created to protect these buildings for perpetuity. See http://www.peninsulahistory.org/preservation/ for a complete list of the Foundation’s historic properties.
Lawrence D. Sulzer, President of the Peninsula Foundation, and Board of Directors Chair Doris N. Hunker, sister of Mr. Hunker, greeted over 70 guests. They also gave brief presentations about the ongoing work, future objectives of the Peninsula Foundation on this 50th anniversary year of his historic architectural and greenspace preservation.
Catering was provided by Splendid Fare and ambient music by John Weniger. Guests from the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railway, Village of Peninsula, and supporters from the far corners of northeast Ohio mingled together with the twelve hostesses and enjoyed the showcase of a lifetime of creative, energetic design work completed and bequeathed by Mr. Hunker.