Volunteers help put a new roof on Shamrock Court in Sullivan

Volunteers and plenty of cash earlier this week helped put on a new and much-needed roof on the long-closed Shamrock Court motel along Route 66 in Sullivan, Missouri.

Rich Dinkela, president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri and owner of the property, posted some photos Tuesday after the work was completed:

Dinkela wrote he now is “directing my attention to neon, refurbishing the awnings, drainage work, and about a thousand other things…”

More images from the roof-raising event:

He recently received a $30,000 cost-share grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program to stabilize the building through the restoration of the subfloors, dormers, roof, gutters, HVAC system, electrical system and plumbing system.

Dinkela earlier this year bought the long-closed motel with the goal to preserve it long-term, then sell it to somebody else.

The distinctive, giraffe-stone motel dates to the late 1940s and previously was owned by the Weiland family for nearly 70 years.

In the late 1970s, the motel was converted into efficiency apartments with living quarters for the longtime owners, John and Rose Weiland, until they died.

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