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Grants: State Preservation Grants: 2005 Summary

The 2005 State Preservation Grant awards, worth a total of $1 million, funded capital preservation work at 21 museums and cultural art centers from around the state. The 21 State Preservation Grant projects were selected from a pool of 46 applications.  

The list of grant recipients represents 13 Rhode Island communities, from Warwick to Westerly, Lincoln to Little Compton. It includes an array of venues, from local treasures like the 18th-century Briggs-Boesch Barn in East Greenwich and Hearthside (1810) in Lincoln to nationally significant sites like the John Brown House (1786) in Providence and the McKim, Mead, and White-designed International Tennis Hall of Fame (1880) in Newport. The grants will preserve such diverse structures as a historic jail, a courthouse, a barracks, a cider mill—not to mention historic house museums, performance spaces, and three town halls.

The $1 million in grant awards will go a long way by supporting projects with a total value of $18,975,410. Small grants will enable hard-to-fund projects like a fire safety upgrade at the Foster Town House (1796-97). Large grants of up to $100,000 will support threatened community landmarks like Linden Place (1810) in Bristol, the Courthouse Center for the Arts in South Kingstown (1894), and Betsey Williams Cottage (1773) in Providence—all of which have critical roof work to complete. For every $1 invested, almost $19 of preservation activity is generated.

Interested in applying for a grant for a museum, cultural art center, or public historic site? Applications for the 2007 State Preservation Grant round will be available next spring.



Barrington Barrington Town Hall
Bristol Linden Place
Bristol Bristol Historical & Preservation Society
Cumberland Cumberland Town Hall
East Greenwich Briggs-Boesch Farm (Town of East Greenwich)
East Greenwich Varnum Memorial Armory
Foster Foster Town House
Lincoln Hearthside Homestead
Little Compton Wilbor House Museum
Middletown Whitehall Museum House
Newport Aquidneck Mill (International Yacht Restoration School)
Newport Fort Hamilton Barracks (Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation)
Newport International Tennis Hall of Fame
Pawtucket J.C. Potter Casino 
(RI Watercolor Society)
Pawtucket Wilkinson Mill 
(at Slater Mill Historic Site)
Providence Betsy Williams Cottage
Providence First Baptist Church
Providence Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum
Providence John Brown House(RI Historical Society)
South Kingstown Courthouse Center for the Arts


Warwick Knight Estate Cider Mill (CCRI)
Westerly Westerly Armory