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Grants: Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties

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Detail of "The Hurricane," a mural painted by Eugene Kingman at the East Providence Post Office in 1939.

The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) will award federal historic preservation grants to preserve and/or rehabilitate historic properties and sites impacted by Hurricane Sandy. 

The National Park Service has approved the following projects.

ORIGINAL BEAVERTAIL LIGHTHOUSE FOUNDATION
Beavertail State Park
Jamestown, RI
Grant $3500

Work consisted of activities relating to repairing and stabilizing the hurricane-damaged foundation of the original Beavertail Lighthouse including the following: repairing the hurricane damage to the foundation, replacing the lost stones and rebuilding the granite steps to the foundation. All repairs and replaced elements matched existing in size, detail and materials.

BENJAMIN CHURCH HOME FOR AGED MEN
1020 Hope St.
Bristol, RI
GRANT $11,495

Work consisted of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged roof, back porch, windows and shutters of the Benjamin Church Home for Aged Men including the following: stabilizing the roof immediately after the storm, repairing 3 windows and 2 shutters, removing damaged back porch screen enclosure, repairing damaged back porch decking and trim, and executing a larger repair of the roof by installing metal flashing as needed and replacing loose or missing red cedar roof shingles in-kind. All repairs and replaced elements matched existing in size, detail and materials (with the exception of recreated downspouts, which were increased in size to accommodate an increase in water flow and retard future basement flooding but retained visual appearance of original downspouts). The subgrantee is responsible for project costs related to interior flooding, front porch work, installing storm windows and recreating the back door insert.

DUNMERE
560 Ocean Rd.
Narragansett, RI
GRANT $85,000

Work consists of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged landscape structures of Dunmere including the following: concrete balustrade restoration/reconstruction, matching existing in color, shape and texture; restoration of gazebo iron ornamental roof structure; restoration of gazebo masonry elements. All repairs and replaced elements will be in-kind and match original profile. The subgrantee is responsible for project costs related to gazebo work.

ROSE ISLAND LIGHTHOUSE
Rose Island
Newport, RI
GRANT $103,500

Work will consist of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damage to the Southwest Bastion of Fort Hamilton (on which the Rose Island Lighthouse was constructed in 1869) and the concrete foundation of the Rose Island Lighthouse Fog Signal Building; including the following: engineering costs, costs related to concrete and granite work (inclusive of transportation to the island), and repointing the Southwest Bastion. All replaced elements will match existing in size, detail and materials.

SOUTHEAST LIGHTHOUSE
122 Mohegan Trail
Block Island, RI
GRANT $1958

Work consisted of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged slate roof of the Southeast Lighthouse including the following: renting a lift to access the roof, repairing lead-coated copper ridge and chimney flashing as needed, and replacing approximately 100 slate roof shingles from the south face of the main roof, with a smaller number also replaced on the north face of the main roof and on the west slope of the ell roof. All repairs and replaced elements matched existing in size, detail and materials.

STILLHOUSE COVE PARK
Cranston, RI
GRANT $31,902

Work will consist of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged landscape of Stillhouse Cove Park including the following: pruning a damaged tree; contracting with a professional landscape architect; power raking, core aerating, providing loam, hydroseed and temporary irrigation; and replanting native grass. Project activities that will be the responsibility of the subgrantee will include erosion control, revegetation, purchasing tools, and project management.

STONE LEA
40 Newton Ave.
Narragansett, RI
GRANT $131,750

Work consists of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged roof, 2 lookout windows, historic stonewall, sun porch doors and terrace, storm windows, exterior lighting, interior water damage to the 2nd floor stair landing, and removal of storm debris in the yard of Stone Lea including the following: replacing asphalt roof shingles with historically-appropriate red cedar wood shingles, replacing the curved glass in the damaged lookout windows and repairing the hurricane-damaged stonewall. All repairs and replaced elements will be historically correct. The subgrantee is responsible for project costs related to interior flood damage, sun porch/terrace work, storm windows, lighting and removing debris from the yard. Insurance will also pay 43% of the roof replacement costs.

W.T. GRANT DEPARTMENT STORE BUILDING
250 Main St
Pawtucket, RI
GRANT $90,000

Work will consist of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged roof and interior ceilings of the W.T. Grant Department Store Building including the following: replacing 6 damaged skylights, replace damaged roof membrane, flashing, drains and rear metal staircase; and repair drywall ceilings damages at 6 locations. All repairs and replaced elements will match existing in size, detail and materials.

WATCH HILL LIGHTHOUSE
14 Lighthouse Rd.
Westerly, RI
GRANT $447,500

Work will consist of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged landscape at the Watch Hill Lighthouse including the following: reconstruction of 220 linear feet of the damaged cobblestone wall; reconstruction of 150 linear feet of stone revetment; and reconstruction of the revetment and landscaping at the oil shed/museum. The subgrantee will be responsible for resurfacing the roadway and sections of the parking lot. All repairs and replaced elements will match existing in size, detail and materials.

CLIFF WALK
Newport, RI
GRANT $254,118

Work will consist of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged landscape of three areas of the Cliff Walk including the following: stabilize and repair the slope approximately a 2093 sq. ft. area of the eastern slope in an area immediately south of 40 Steps on Narragansett Ave.; repair 3325 sq. ft. of the historic stonewall in the area north of Webster St.; and repair a concrete wall and replace stabilization stone from a 200 sq. ft. area in front of the Breakers Mansion. All repairs and replaced elements will match existing in size, detail and materials.

PEACE DALE MANUFACTURING COMPANY BARNS
21 Larkin Rd.
Peace Dale, RI
GRANT $9150

Work will consist of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged roofs of a post & beam bank barn and a board-and-batten shed originally built for the Peace Dale Manufacturing Company including the following: strip existing shingles, install drip edge around perimeters, install 15 lbs. felt paper, install new ridge vents, and reshingle both roofs. The bank barn will also receive new sheathing over existing roof deck and new chimney flashing. All repairs and replaced elements will match existing in size, detail and materials.

HAZARD’S CASTLE LANDSCAPE
333 Ocean Rd.
Narragansett, RI
GRANT $122,394

Work will consist of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged landscape of the Hazard’s Castle property including the following: contracting with tree experts to remove debris, prune storm-damaged trees, and cable weakened limbs; completely remove seven hazardous storm-damaged trees; grind stumps; and plant twenty specimen trees. To ensure success of landscape restoration efforts, the subgrantee will undertake the following using the organization’s resources: pest management, soil care and fertilization and root invigoration. The subgrantee will also purchase and plant 36 Dogwood trees using its own resources.

THE TOWERS
35 Ocean Rd.
Narragansett, RI
GRANT $57,820

Work consisted of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged roof of The Towers including the following: replacing the roof and restoring its original appearance by up-grading from modern asphalt shingles to wood 5/8” taper sawn, red cedar, pressure-treated, 50-year shingles. Documentation shows the original roof was wood shingled.

THE BREAKERS
44 Ochre Point Ave.
Newport, RI
GRANT $7135

Work consisted of activities relating to restoring the hurricane-damaged landscape of The Breakers including the following: removing debris from hurricane-damaged trees and replacing one tree. FEMA funded 75% of the costs of tree removal and cleanup. This project request is to cover the remaining costs of tree removal/cleanup stump removal and tree purchase.

NEWPORT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH PARISH HOUSE
73 Pelham St.
Newport, RI
GRANT $2902

Work consisted of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged roof and interior second floor ceiling and walls of the Newport Congregational Church Parish House including the following: assessing the roof, repairing minor holes and replacing small amount of damaged/lost shingles, repairing and repainting drywall of one ceiling and two walls of a second floor room. All repairs and replaced elements matched existing in size and detail.

BRISTOL FERRY LIGHTHOUSE
7 Old Ferrry Rd.
Bristol, RI
GRANT $82,546

Work will consist of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged roof, site and interior of the Bristol Ferry Lighthouse including the following: repairing the damaged roof on the Lighthouse by replacing rotted wood, applying new ice and water, new metal drip edge, 15 lb. felt, architectural shingles, applying new pipe flange, new ridge vent and seal around chimney, and repairing any damaged flashing; repairing the metal roof on the smaller oil shed, and regarding/upgrading the site. Interior work will include repairs to remediate 6” of flood water that damaged floors, walls, ceilings and heating units as follows: remove flood damaged living room floor inclusive of subsurface, concrete slab, subfloor, provide all new and new hardwood floor, remove and replace damaged walls from floor to lower edge of exterior windows, implement mold remediation at areas of removed walls, remove/replace damaged bathroom floor tiles, remove/replace ceiling in second floor bathroom, provide minor finishes touch-ups to damaged areas using plaster, paint and caulk, replace damaged boiler and hot water baseboards. All exterior repairs and replaced elements will match existing in size, detail and materials.

VINLAND
32 Ochre Pt. Ave.
Newport, RI
GRANT $4912

Work consisted of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged slate roof of Vinland including the following: replacing areas of rubber roof membrane as needed and replacing 395 square feet of red slate roof shingles. All repairs and replaced elements matched existing in size, detail and materials.

OCHRE COURT
16 Ochre Pt. Ave.
Newport, RI
GRANT $4862

Work consisted of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged slate roof of Ochre Court including the following: replacing slate shingles (210 square ft. section of the northeast roof and 56 square ft. of the southeast roof), repairing two copper finials on south side dormers and replacing in-kind a 4 x 6 ft. copper portion of the roof ventilator. All repairs and replaced elements matched existing in size, detail and materials.

CHATEAU-SUR-MER
474 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI
GRANT $5678

Work consisted of activities relating to restoring the hurricane-damaged landscape of Chateau-sur-Mer including the following: removing debris from hurricane-damaged trees and replacing one tree. FEMA funded 75% of the costs of tree removal and cleanup. This project request is to cover the remaining costs of tree removal/cleanup and stump removal. The cost of replacing the tree was handled in house through the subgrantee’s greenhouse.

ROSECLIFF
548 Bellevue Ave.
Newport, RI
GRANT $16,723

Work consisted of activities relating to restoring the hurricane-damaged landscape of Rosecliff including the following: removing debris from hurricane-damaged trees and replacing six trees, including replacement of four rare specimen trees. Hybrid Jefferson Elms were chosen as replacements for the 2 Native American Elms and the Sycamore Maple, due to the hybrid’s resistance to Dutch Elm disease and its tolerance to extreme salt and wind conditions. FEMA funded 75% of the costs of tree removal and cleanup. This project request is to cover the remaining costs of tree removal/cleanup, stump removal and tree planting.

LANPHEAR LIVERY STABLE
1 Bay St.
Westerly, RI
GRANT $52,368

Work consists of activities relating to repairing the hurricane-damaged southern interior of Lanphear including the following: demolition of select interior areas damaged by the storm, especially areas impacted by mold; creating a new foundation for the building; creating interior select walls, floor, and rebuilding an interior staircase displaced by the storm surge. The subgrantee is responsible for project costs related to additional site work not directly related to the storm and building the foundation.

SURVEY OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES—SOUTH COAST OF RHODE ISLAND
GRANT $477,847

The purpose of the project is to identify archaeological sites on the South Coast of Rhode Island that have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy and to evaluate their eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NR). Following Hurricane Sandy, extensive damage to NR listed and NR-eligible archaeological sites was observed on the South Coast of Rhode Island, where Sandy’s impacts were among the most intense. Damaged site areas remain exposed to imminent erosion and collapse.

Broad, systematic survey is necessary; first to determine the full extent of damage to archaeological sites on the South Coast, and then to evaluate the National Register eligibility of damaged sites according to their current conditions. The coastlines under investigation include private as well as public (federal, state and municipal) lands. The project area consists of coastlines on the east side of Point Judith Neck (extending from Narragansett Pier southward to Point Judith) and along the southern shore westward to Napatree Point. Investigated areas will include coastlines of the Towns of Narragansett, Charlestown and Westerly.

SURVEY OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES—BLOCK ISLAND
GRANT $581,010

The purpose of the project is to identify archaeological sites on Block Island that have been damaged by Hurricane Sandy and to evaluate their eligibility for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NR). Following Hurricane Sandy, extensive damage to NR listed and NR-eligible archaeological sites was observed on Block Island, where Sandy’s impacts were among the most intense. Damaged site areas remain exposed to imminent erosion and collapse. Broad, systematic survey is necessary; first to determine the full extent of damage to archaeological sites on Block Island, and then to evaluate the National Register eligibility of damaged sites according to their current conditions. The coastlines under investigation include private as well as public (federal, state and municipal) lands.

Phase I of the survey will be Reconnaissance; Phase II will be Intensive. Phase I will determine which portions of the Block Island study area will be reconnoitered for evidence of archaeological sites damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The Block Island project area consists of coastlines along Block Island’s perimeter as well as those along the Great Salt Pond. The RIHPHC anticipates that 20-30 kilometers of coastline will be selected for reconnaissance.

If you have any questions about the Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Grants for Historic Properties, please email Grants Manger Jeffrey Rosenberg, or call him at (401)222-4131.