The Ferdinand Historical Society continues to raise money for the historic Dr. Alois Wollenmann House due to bids for its restoration being higher than what was originally expected.

Earlier this week, the Ferdinand Town Council approved final documents necessary for the grant money to be released at the end of this month.

Pat Seger Construction of Huntingburg is handling the restoration of the house at a cost of 325 thousand dollars. The house will also be rewired.

Ferdinand Historical Society president Katie Mehling says the bid came in at roughly 25 thousand dollars above the expected cost. Out of the 400 thousand dollar grant awarded earlier this year for the project, about 100 thousand dollars out of that will be used for engineering, design, and administering the grant.

Nathan Held of the Indiana 15 Regional Planning Commission says the society will come up with some additional funds to cover the increased cost of the project.

One way that the society is hoping to raise funds is by selling engraved bricks on its website at ferdinandhistory.org. For more information or to volunteer, call Katie Mehling at 367-2533 or by email at info