Thursday, August 12, 2010

Nauvoo Restoration Incorporated

Located near what used to be known as the upper landing of Nauvoo, the main offices of NRI are an amazing site. They have some of the nicest furnishings in Nauvoo, and certainly some of the hardest work in Nauvoo. Nauvoo Restoration Incorporated was started by Dr. LeRoy Kimball, second great grandson to Heber C. and Vilate Kimball. He came back to Nauvoo and bought his great grandfather's home. When he saw how interested people were in the home, he began the process of restoring Nauvoo. He was president of NRI for 25 years.
I don't know that this shot gives the full detail of how large the shops are and how many there are. My car is in front of the main office about the size of the old Walmart in Riverdale. The shop behind it is about twice that size,and the one in back where the truck is parked is about the same size as the second building. In addition, there are two more buildings that I couldn't get in to the picture. It's a city almost unto itself. There are 16 full time employees and there are 45 missionaries that keep Nauvoo maintained, plumbed, safe, gardened, watered, mowed, and finanacial records.

This is the greenhouse at NRI--empty. During the late winter and early spring about 10,000 plants are planted and grown to be placed all over Nauvoo. It is remarkable to think of all the work that goes into keeping this place as beautiful as it is.

1 comment:

Mr C said...

Is this that office job? Looks like a pretty nice place. They really are pretty self-sustaining. How did we miss something that big when we were there?