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Grants: State Preservation Grants: 2007 Summary

state preservation grants 2007
Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts congratulates Karen Binder, Joan Abrams, and Gioia Browne from Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum

The 2007 State Preservation Grant awards, worth a total of $1 million, funded capital preservation work at 20 museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites from 13 towns and cities around the state. The 20 State Preservation Grant projects were selected from a pool of 36 applications.  

The list of grant recipients represents 13 Rhode Island communities, from Little Compton to Foster, Cumberland to Block Island. It includes an array of Rhode Island venues, with local treasures like Smith’s Castle in North Kingstown, state icons like Pawtucket’s Looff Carousel and Jamestown’s Beavertail Light, and internationally significant landmarks like the Great Friends Meeting House in Newport.  The grants will preserve such diverse structures as a windmill, an observatory, an armory, and a barn—not to mention seven historic house museums. 

The $1 million in grant awards will go a long way by supporting projects with a total value of $4,559,308. Small grants will support small gems like the Museum of Natural History in Roger Williams Park. Large grants of up to $100,000 will support important community landmarks like the Bristol Naval Reserve Armory, Blithewold, the Newport Art Museum, and the Edward Everett Hale House in Matunuck.

town
property

grant

Bristol

Bristol Naval Reserve Armory
(Town of Bristol)

$100,000

Bristol

Blithewold

$100,000

Cumberland

Franklin Farm Barn
(Town of Cumberland)

$69,000

Foster

Foster Town House
(Town of Foster)

$11,880

Jamestown

Beavertail Light

$50,000

Little Compton

Wilbor House Museum
(Little Compton Historical Society)

$29,773

Middletown

Sherman Windmill
(Newport Restoration Foundation)

$15,950

Middletown

Witherbee School
(Town of Middletown/Middletown Historical Society)

$22,330

New Shoreham

Block Island Historical Society

$50,000

Newport

Kingscote
(Preservation Society of Newport County)

$95,011

Newport

Cushing Memorial Gallery
(Newport Art Museum)

$100,000

Newport

Great Friends Meeting House
(Newport Historical Society)

$50,000

North Kingstown

Smith’s Castle
(Cocumscussoc Association)

$30,000

Pawtucket

Looff Carousel
(City of Pawtucket)

$93,317

Providence

John Brown House
(RI Historical Society)

$60,000

Providence

Museum of Natural History and Planetarium
(City of Providence)

$9,166

Providence

Ladd Observatory
(Brown University)

$46,970

South Kingstown

Hale House
(Pettaquamscutt Historical Society)

$70,801

South Kingstown

Reynolds House
(Tavern Hall Preservation Society)

$11,748

Warren

Maxwell House
(Massasoit Historical Association)

$28,235

TOTAL AWARDS

$1,044,181