A Pedranti family gift of $40,000 will support construction of a multi-purpose outdoor performance stage on the Milford Community House grounds. The facility, to be named the Pedranti Pavilion, will host cultural and community activities such as music, theater, educational seminars, poetry readings, story hours for children, and holiday events. It will include a professional lighting and sound system, and improved landscaping.
“Milford has been very good to me throughout my life. It’s important to give back,” said James Pedranti, a retired Altec Lansing executive. He was a Founder of Greater Pike Community Foundation, and for many years served as its chairman.
The Community House, located at the corner of Broad and Harford Streets, in Milford first served as a private residence for the Pinchot family in 1824. The New York City Architecture firm of Heins & LaFarge remodeled it in the late 19th century to be used by the Yale School of Forestry.
In 1924, the Pinchots created the Community House Board. The Pinchots envisioned a welcoming space for public use, the direction that was taken.
The building underwent an extensive restoration in 2016 in consultation with Pedranti’s son Richard, an architect and Community House Board Member.
Matthew Osterberg, Community House Board Chair, said, “The Pedranti Family has always supported Milford and the County. We are grateful for this generous donation. This gift helps us fulfill the board’s vision of the Community House as the cornerstone of the County. This pavilion will bring educational, theatrical, and musical performances to the community.”
To support the multi-purpose outdoor performance stage project, donations can be made to the Milford Community House at PO Box 361, Milford, PA 18337.