The head of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation on Wednesday presented the city and The Friends of Cranbury Park a $20,000 check to help develop a master plan for the Gallaher Mansion at Cranbury Park.

“On behalf of the Connecticut Trust, I want to thank the delegation here from Norwalk,” said Helen Higgins, trust executive director. “You are giving us the opportunity to make this generous award to the Gallaher house. It is a stunning house and this is one of many investments we’ve made in Norwalk.”

The grant will be combined with $20,000 in city funds and $5,000 from The Friends of Cranbury Park to develop a master plan, including building assessment and feasibility study, for the 80-year-old Tudor Revival mansion.

Present for the check presentation at the mansion were Friends of Cranbury Park President Celia Maddox and Friends of Cranbury Park archeologist Holly Cuzzone, whose extensive research of the mansion — once home to inventor and industrialist Edward Beach Gallaher — landed the structure on the state Register of Historic Places.

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