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Grants: State Preservation Grants: 2004 Summary

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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.

town property

grant

Bristol Blithewold Greenhouses $100,000
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.)
$200,000
Jamestown Beavertail Lighthouse $12,000
Lincoln Valentine Whitman House $67,200
Newport Chateau sur Mer $100,000
Newport Redwood Library and Athenaeum $100,000
Newport Touro Synagogue $120,000
Pawtucket J.C. Potter Casino 
(RI Watercolor Society)
$30,115
Pawtucket Wilkinson Mill 
(at Slater Mill Historic Site)
$25,690
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 Hive Archive $22,500
Providence Museum of Natural History and Planetarium $30,000
Providence Trinity Repertory Company's Lederer Theater $100,000
Smithfield Smith-Appleby Museum

$11,434

Warren The Maxwell House
(Massasoit Historical Association)

$8,000

Warwick John Waterman Arnold House (Warwick Hist. Soc.)

$37,535

Warwick Pawtuxet Rangers Armory

$68,353

Westerly Chorus of Westerly Performance Hall $80,400
Westerly Old Town Hall

$100,000

TOTAL AWARDS

$1,423,533