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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.

town
property

grant

Barrington Barrington Town Hall
$50,000
Bristol Linden Place
$100,000
Bristol Bristol Historical & Preservation Society
$18,810
Cumberland Cumberland Town Hall
$29,280
East Greenwich Briggs-Boesch Farm (Town of East Greenwich)
$29,480
East Greenwich Varnum Memorial Armory
$23,613
Foster Foster Town House
$30,000
Lincoln Hearthside Homestead
$9,000
Little Compton Wilbor House Museum
$24,750
Middletown Whitehall Museum House
$22,543
Newport Aquidneck Mill (International Yacht Restoration School)
$100,000
Newport Fort Hamilton Barracks (Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation)
$100,000
Newport International Tennis Hall of Fame
$27,034
Pawtucket J.C. Potter Casino 
(RI Watercolor Society)
$30,115
Pawtucket Wilkinson Mill 
(at Slater Mill Historic Site)
$25,690
Providence Betsy Williams Cottage
$50,000
Providence First Baptist Church
$100,000
Providence Governor Henry Lippitt House Museum
$5,000
Providence John Brown House(RI Historical Society)
$85,000
South Kingstown Courthouse Center for the Arts

$75,000

Warwick Knight Estate Cider Mill (CCRI)
$29,722
Westerly Westerly Armory
$37,408

TOTAL AWARDS

$940,330