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Grants: State Preservation Grants: 2003 Summary

The 2003 State Preservation Grant awards, worth a total of $1.5 million, funded capital preservation work at 26 museums and cultural art centers from around the state. A total of 46 organizations applied for funds in 2003. The grant recipients represent 14 Rhode Island communities and a variety of venues, from the renowned Newport Art Museum (built in 1864) and the popular Providence Performing Arts Center (1928), to start-up projects like the 2nd Story Theatre in Warren (1914) and the Leonard Brown House (c. 1860) in Portsmouth. The State Preservation Grants will preserve such diverse structures as a windmill, a lighthouse, an elementary school, a gasometer, a fort, and a "Rhode Island stone-ender"--the 17th-century Eleazer Arnold House in Lincoln.

The $1.5 million in 2003 State Preservation Grant awards will go a long way by supporting projects with a total value of $18,678,344. Small grants beginning at $5000 will enable projects at volunteer-run historic house museums like the Maxwell House in Warren (1752-56) that will receive $5000 for historic paint analysis and restoration of painted surfaces. Large grants of up to $200,000 will support some of the most exciting preservation projects in the state, like the conversion of the 1894-95 Pawtucket Armory into an art center ($100,000 towards a $7 million effort) or the restoration of the Southeast Light on Block Island ($200,000 towards a $1.9 million effort). For every $1 invested, a total of $12.45 of preservation activity is generated. For an investment of $1.5 million in 2003, Rhode Islanders got a return of $18,678,344 of preservation construction activity throughout the state.

town property


Bristol Bristol Statehouse $45,000
Bristol Bristol County Jail (Bristol Historical & Preservation Society) $29,940
Burrillville Bridgeton Elementary Sch. (Burrillville Hist. & Pres. Society) $14,935
Lincoln Eleazer Arnold House $38,622
Lincoln Hearthside Homestead $51,500
Little Compton Wilbor House Museum
(Little Compton Historical Society)
Middletown Sherman Windmill
(Newport Restoration Foundation)
New Shoreham Southeast Lighthouse $200,000
Newport Seventh Day Baptist Meeting House (Newport Historical Society) $22,760
Newport John N.A. Griswold House
(Newport Art Museum)
Newport Fort Adams $200,000
Pawtucket Pawtucket Armory $100,000
Portsmouth Leonard Brown House $22,600
Providence The Providence Athenaeum $100,000
Providence Providence Performing Arts Center $50,000
Providence Atlantic-Delaine Gasometer
(Hive Archive)
Providence John Brown House
(RI Historical Society)
Providence AS220/Perishable Theatre $100,000
South Kingstown Helme House and Pottery Shop (South County Art Association) $22,000
South Kingstown Washington County Jail (Pettaquamscutt Hist. Society)


South Kingstown Oliver Watson House $14,625
Warren The Maxwell House
(Massasoit Historical Association)


Warren 2nd Story Theatre 


Warwick Pawtuxet Rangers Armory


Westerly Babcock-Smith House $6,000
Westerly Westerly Armory