|Rep. Paul Crowley (Newport) and Gov. Donald Carcieri congratulate Marta Martinez and Raymond Petrarca of the RI Indian Council on receiving a State Preservation Grant to restore Algonquin House in Providence|
The 2004 State Preservation Grant awards, worth a total of $1.5 million, funded capital preservation work at 24 museums and cultural art centers from around the state. The 24 State Preservation Grant projects were selected from a pool of 49 applications.
The list of grant recipients represents 13 Rhode Island communities, from Burrillville to Bristol, Westerly to Warwick. It includes a variety of venues, from the landmark Redwood Library and Athenaeum (built in 1748-50) and the treasured Chorus of Westerly Performance Hall (1886), to start-up projects like the Pastime Theatre (1934) in Bristol and Cottage C (1885) of the former State Home and School on the grounds of Rhode Island College. The State Preservation Grants will preserve such diverse structures as a lighthouse, a greenhouse, an armory, and a "Rhode Island stone-ender" the 17th-century Valentine Whitman House in Lincoln.
The $1.5 million in grant awards will go a long way by supporting projects with a total value of $16,871,328. Small grants beginning at $5000 will enable projects by volunteer-run organizations the East Providence Historical Society who will use $5000 to restore the Hunts Mills Amusement Park building (1905). Large grants of up to $200,000 will support some of the most dramatic preservation projects in the state, like the restoration of the c. 1756 Dr. Reuben Mason House in Glocester ($200,000) or critical roof repairs at Chateau sur Mer in Newport ($100,000). For every $1 invested, a total of $10.25 of preservation activity is generated.
The statewide distribution breaks down as follows: $123,005 (8.4%) for the Blackstone Valley; $182,500 (12.3%) for the East Bay; $320,000 (21.5%) for Newport; $240,000 (16.2%) for Northwestern RI; $318,934 (21.4%) for Providence; $192,400 (13.1%) for South County; and $105,888 (7.2%) for the West Bay.
|Burrillville||Bridgeton Elementary Sch. (Burrillville Hist. & Pres. Society)||$14,935|
|East Providence||Hunt's Mills Amusement Park Building (E.P. Hist. Society)||$5,000|
|Glocester||Dr. Reuben Mason House
(Gloc. Heritage Soc.)
|Lincoln||Valentine Whitman House||$67,200|
|Newport||Chateau sur Mer||$100,000|
|Newport||Redwood Library and Athenaeum||$100,000|
|Pawtucket||J.C. Potter Casino
(RI Watercolor Society)
(at Slater Mill Historic Site)
|Providence||Algonquin House (Rhode Island Indian Council)||$60,434|
|Providence||Cottage C, State Home and School (RIC)||$100,000|
|Providence||Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum||$6,000|
|Providence||Museum of Natural History and Planetarium||$30,000|
|Providence||Trinity Repertory Company's Lederer Theater||$100,000|
|Warren||The Maxwell House
(Massasoit Historical Association)
|Warwick||John Waterman Arnold House (Warwick Hist. Soc.)||
|Warwick||Pawtuxet Rangers Armory||
|Westerly||Chorus of Westerly Performance Hall||$80,400|
|Westerly||Old Town Hall||