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Grants: State Preservation Grants: 2015 Summary

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Kevin Muoio prepares the Greenwich Odeum marquee for the State Preservation Grants and State Cultural Facilities Grants announcement

On January 11, 2016, the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission and the R.I. State Council on the Arts announced the list of State Preservation Grants and State Cultural Facilities Grants awards, worth nearly $4 million, for capital preservation work at 45 museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites around the state. Together, the projects represent $70,902,214 worth of construction activity.

The list of arts and preservation grant recipients represents 21 Rhode Island communities, from Woonsocket to Westerly, North Providence to Newport. State Preservation Grant recipients range from local treasures like the Babcock-Smith House (mid-18th century) in Westerly and Central Falls City Hall (ca. 1889) to nationally significant sites like Slater Mill (1790) in Pawtucket and the Chinese Tea House (1914) in Newport. The grants will preserve a historic bank, two lighthouses, two town halls, and a “stone-ender” house built in the 17th century. Small grants will support important community landmarks like the Portsmouth Historical Society’s headquarters (1866). Large grants of up to $150,000 will support high-profile projects like Pomham Rocks Lighthouse in East Providence, the Herreshoff Marine Museum (1863) in Bristol, and the Providence Public Library (1900).

STATE PRESERVATION GRANTS 2015  
town
property

grant

Bristol

Herreshoff Yacht Manufacturing Co. Building

$150,000

Central Falls

Central Falls City Hall

$150,000

Cumberland

Franklin Farm Barn
(Town of Cumberland)

$150,000

East Greenwich

The Greenwich Odeum

$28,896

East Providence

Pomham Rocks Light

$150,000

Johnston

Clemence-Irons House

$29,780

New Shoreham

Block Island Southeast Lighthouse

$150,000

Newport

Chinese Tea House at Marble House

$150,000

Newport

Newport Congregational Church

$150,000

Newport

Vernon House

$22,484

North Kingstown Old Town House

$43,175

North Kingstown

Smith’s Castle
(Cocumscussoc Association)

$56,100

North Providence

James Hilton Bleachery/Stone House

$65,525

Pawtucket

Old Slater Mill

$50,000

Portsmouth

Portsmouth Historical Society

$30,000

Providence

Providence Athenaeum

$16,843

Providence

Providence Public Library

$150,000

Providence

Southside Cultural Center

$150,000

Smithfield

Smithfield Exchange Bank

$19,866

Smithfield

Smithfield Town Hall

$18,755

South Kingstown

South County Art Association

$29,634

Warren

Armory Hall

$25,373

Westerly

Babcock-Smith House

$11,734

Westerly

Westerly Armory

$24,750

Woonsocket

Museum of Work and Culture

$20,000

TOTAL AWARDS

$1,842,915