Portia Club

This photo from Aug. 21 shows the exterior of the Portia Club, a historic building which serves today as a community center on North Ninth Street in Payette.

PAYETTE — The historic Portia Club in Payette has reopened.

Work on emergency repairs needed for the slipping foundation on the historic Portia Club started Tuesday and has wrapped up, according to Friends of the Portia Club board member Cleo Thompson.

An emergency grant, which was more than expected, means emergency repairs could get started on the historic community hub in Payette.

According to Kerrie Taylor, Friends of the Portia Club board member, the Idaho Heritage Trust awarded $4,500 for the critical repairs needed to fix the slipping foundation of the building. The board made the decision to close their namesake building on Aug. 19, until repairs could be made.

The support posts were slipping off the wall due to the wall crumbling in the cellar area, directly below the dance floor.

The emergency grant still falls short of the nearly $9,000 needed to do a full repair, which includes fixing an area underneath the kitchen where the floor is sagging. That work — which is important, too, but not critical enough to keep the building closed — is expected to be completed later this month or as soon as the remaining funds are available.

Jeff Charter with Foundation Supportworks previously noted that other than the two areas of foundation needing fixed, the building overall “appears to be in good shape.”

Since the Portia Club’s temporary closure, regular events and activities had been moved elsewhere.

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