The Warren County Board of Commissioners is seeking proposals from nonprofit or community-based organizations that may be interested in renovating the county-owned historic Hendrick House for use as a museum or other cultural venue for the enjoyment of the public. 

The structure was built in the 1870s by Charles Fain and his wife, Jenny Hendrick, a prominent African-American family whose descendents occupied the home until the mid 1900s.  The one-and-a-half story dwelling features bracketed front porch columns reflecting the Italianate style typical of buildings constructed in this region after the Civil War by renowned builder Jacob Holt. 

The house sits directly behind the Warren County Courthouse at 105 South Front Street in Warrenton. Until recently it was used as office space for county government.

It is recommended that organizations interested in submitting proposals to renovate and utilize the building for the stated purpose should first contact the town of Warrenton to secure a copy of the town's Ordinance Establishing the Historic District Commission, which outlines the rules and regulations for historic building renovation. 

Appointments to view the interior of the building can be made by contacting Paula Pulley in the Warren County Manager's Office at 252-257-3115 or ppulley@co.warren.nc.us.

It is anticipated that an arrangement between Warren County and the successful organization for use of the building would include a long-term lease agreement at a minimal fee. The county has a similar arrangement in place with a local nonprofit organization that proposes to renovate the historic former county jail building located on the corner of Macon and Bragg streets in Warrenton to house a small business incubator among other functions.

Proposals will be accepted through June 30, 2012 and should be addressed to: Historic Hendricks House Renovation & Use Proposal, c/o Warren County Manager's Office, P.O. Box 619, 602 W. Ridgeway St., Warrenton, NC 27589.  For additional information, interested persons can contact County Manager Linda T. Worth at 252-257-3115.