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News: 2003 Archive

State Preservation Grants Announced: 26 RI Sites Celebratecrowd.jpg (43717 bytes) The RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission announced the recipients of the 2003 State Preservation Grants at AS220/Perishable Theatre in Downtown Providence. A total of $1.5 million in grants will assist 26 museums and cultural art centers around the state with capital preservation work. Grants range in amount from $5000 to $200,000. (12/9/03)  
Edgewood's Taft Estate Plat Listed on National Register
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The Taft Estate Plat in the Edgewood section of Cranston was listed on the National Register as an intact garden suburb. The district is characterized by detached single- and multi-family dwellings, mostly built between 1905 and 1930, set back on landscaped lots along tree-lined streets. (11/14/03) 
Congratulations to Two Save America's Treasures Sites in Newport

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Save America's Treasures has awarded grants to two Rhode Island projects. The Newport Art Museum will receive $250,000 for restoration of Griswold House, a nationally significant building constructed in 1864, designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt. Touro Synagogue will receive $375,000 towards the preservation of the nation's oldest existing synagogue, designed by Peter Harrison in 1763 (10/29/03).
Preservation Tax Credits Assist Affordable Housing in Elmwood Neighborhood of Providence The RIHPHC has approved $900,000 in Historic Preservation Tax Credits and provided technical assistance to help rehabilitate eight historic houses and create affordable apartments for 28 families in Elmwood. This project shows how RIHPHC programs work with other partners to preserve historic buildings, rehabilitate needed affordable housing, and renew older neighborhoods. (10/22/03)
A Suburb in the City: Summit Historic District Listed on the National Register
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The Summit Historic District on the East Side of Providence was listed on the National Register as an intact street-car/early automobile-era suburb. Most of its well-preserved collection of small-scale domestic buildings were constructed between 1916 and 1951. The district's history is intertwined with that of the Dexter, Emerson, and Morris families who owned and farmed this land for nearly two centuries. (10/15/03)
State Preservation Grants: September 2003 Update

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The 2003 State Preservation Grants round drew 46 applications from arts and culture facilities in 18 cities and towns. Funding requests for capital preservation projects total $4,168,967; when other sources are added, these projects represent $30,400,217 of preservation activity. A Review Panel will recommend awards, and final decisions will be announced on Wednesday, November 12, 2003. (9/19/03)
St. Elizabeth's Home Project in Elmwood Assisted by RIHPHC
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The RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission has been glad to participate in the rehab of the 1915 St. Elizabeth's Home in Providence's Elmwood neighborhood.RIHPHC architects reviewed design and construction, and we approved State and Federal preservation tax credits for the project.By preserving historic buildings we meet the needs of people today. (8/20/03)
New NR Listings: 
Poirier's Diner and Natl. & Providence Worsted Mills
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Two Providence properties were listed on the National Register for their contributions to the history of   architecture and industry. Poirier's (c. 1947) is a remarkably well-preserved diner fitted with glass block, stainless steel, and porcelain enamel. The Worsted Mills were built incrementally between 1881 and the 1930s to produce yarns and fabrics. (8/15/03) 
Emancipation Day Celebration Held at Waterplace Park in Providence

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The Emancipation Day Committee, the RI Historical Preservation Commission, and the International Gallery of Heritage and Culture co-sponsored this 3-day event. Emancipation Day originated in Great Britain on August 1, 1849 when 800,000 West Indians were freed from slavery. Providence's earliest recorded Emancipation Day celebration dates to 1849. (8/12/03)
Berkeley Mill Village Houses to be Preservedberkeley2.jpg (37265 bytes)

The RIHPHC has approved plans to rehab nine historic millworker houses in Cumberland's Berkeley Mill Village.The project has applied for state and federal tax credits to convert the late-19th-century double-houses into 30 apartments.Berkeley was established by the Lonsdale Company, textile manufacturers, in 1872. (7/25/03) 

New NR Listings: 
Briggs Farm,
Westminster St. Historic District, Smith-Ballou Hse.
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An 18th-century farm in East Greenwich, a turn-of-the-century commercial district in Providence, and an early 20th-century house in Woonsocket were listed on the National Register for their contributions to the history of agriculture, commerce and architecture. (7/18/03) 
Applications Available for State Preservation Grants
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The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission presents applications for State Preservation Grants for museums and cultural art facilities seeking funds for capital preservation work on their historic buildings. Applications are due on 9/2/03 with awards announced in early November. (7/1/03)
Industrial History on the Woonasquatucket: Brown & Sharpe Listed on National Registerbrownsharpe.JPG (8953 bytes) Recognized for its contributions to the history of architecture, engineering, industry, and invention, the Brown & Sharpe industrial complex has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This sprawling complex of buildings is a stunning reminder of Providence's industrial might from the late 19th to the mid 20th century  (5/22/03).
Draft Regulations Available for Preservation/Arts Grants
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The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission presents draft regulations for the new Preservation/Arts Grant Program. Applications should be available on 7/1/03 and due on 9/2/03 with awards announced in early November. (5/15/03)
RI Sites Awarded Save America's Treasures Grants
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Congratulations to two Rhode Island sites recently awarded federal historic restoration grants. Save America's Treasures Program announced a grant of $250,000 to the Charles Looff Carousel in East Providence and a grant of $300,000 for the Westerly Armory. The RIHP&HC looks forward to assisting with the work to restore these two treasures.
2003 State Preservation Awards Announced

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A Newport estate reused to safeguard rare farm animals, historic military facilities in Jamestown, investigation of the Washington County Jail, a preservation activist from Bristol, a new local historic district for Providence, two legislators who created a preservation bond issue — these are some of the winners of the 2003 State Preservation Awards. The awards ceremony kicks off the Statewide Historic Preservation Conference at 9am on Saturday, April 12 at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich. (3/25/03) 

2003 Preservation Conference in East Greenwich

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The Eighteenth Annual Rhode Island Statewide Historic Preservation Conference will be held in East Greenwich on Saturday, April 12, 2003. The day-long conference includes dozens of panels, tours, and the presentation of the 2003 State Preservation Awards. For more information, or to register, click on the link above. (2/28/03)
NEW! Program available (3/12/03)

RIHP&HC Announces 2003 Grant Awards

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The Commission made four grant awards totalling about $41,000 to local historical preservation programs. These grants to Newport, Providence, and South Kingstown will support a National Register nomination, above-ground and marine archaeological surveys, and public education activities. (2/5/03)

"From Bullrakes
to Clambakes" Exhibit at Bristol Art Museum

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"From Bullrakes to Clambakes: The Occupational Folklife of the Narragansett Bay Shellfishery" goes on display at the Bristol Art Museum on March 19. The exhibit features photographs and text based on documentation and interviews by folklorist Michael E. Bell and photographer Alex Caserta. While exploring all aspects of the shellfishing industry, they focus on the bullraker who provides the nation with about 25% of its quahogs. Funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, will eventually dock at the Heritage Harbor Museum. (3/4/03)