Construction on the historic Cooper House, home of Mr. and Mrs. Madison Alexander Cooper Sr., began in 1905 and was completed in 1907. The house has both Victorian proportion and Greek revival detailing which represented the finest turn-of-the-century architecture.
The Cooper House serves as the foundation’s headquarters and is available free of charge to qualified nonprofit organizations to use for board meetings, staff development retreats, strategy sessions, or special events.
If practicable, I would like my home to become not only the headquarters of Cooper Foundation, but a civic center, a source of practical instruction and cultural improvement.Madison Cooper, Jr.
Reserve the Cooper House
Due to the ongoing situation with COVID-19, the Cooper House is unavailable for nonprofits to use for the foreseeable future. We look forward to the day when we can gather in person again!
The Trustees and staff of the Cooper Foundation are pleased to share Cooper House with qualified nonprofit organizations. In order to best accommodate nonprofits, the House may not be used by individuals, businesses, or churches.
We hope you will find the House a peaceful environment in which to celebrate your successes and plan for an even more fruitful future.
To help you consider whether the site is appropriate for your needs, we have attempted to set forth some of the advantages and responsibilities associated with use of the House.
A few details
- The downstairs area is available for use Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. but reservations must be made in advance.
- The available area features a large living room, a smaller parlor, a dining room with a table that seats twelve, a kitchen, and one bathroom. An additional bathroom is available upstairs.
- Organizations are responsible for setting up for their meetings and leaving the House as they found it.
- A screen and projector are available, but should be requested in advance.
- The kitchen is equipped with an ice machine, oven and stove, refrigerator, microwave, small and large coffee pots, disposal, and dishwasher.
- You should bring your own refreshments, including coffee, condiments, and napkins. Dishes, glasses, and silverware are available for about 12; you may want to bring disposable items for larger numbers.
Additional details may be found here, and will be shared by email once a date is selected and confirmed.
During World War II, Madison Cooper, Jr. hosted weekends at home for servicemen referred by the local USO. His long-time housekeeper Bertha Walton prepared wonderful meals for the men, and Cooper engaged his guests in long conversations by the living room bay window or on the front porch.
We are pleased to continue this welcoming tradition with local nonprofits. The Foundation also enjoys offering tours of the Cooper House by appointment.
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Applications are due on the third Thursday of every month and will be reviewed approximately three months later (e.g. if you submit your application in October, it will be considered at the January board meeting). Visit our grants page to learn more about the process of applying.