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News: 2004 Archive

news picture New National Register Listings
Three buildings at St. George's School in Middletown and the Providence Dyeing, Bleaching and Calendering industrial complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence are the latest Rhode Island properties to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (12/22/04)
  RIHPHC Job Opening: National Register Assistant
RIHPHC seeks a National Register Assistant to support overall functions and operations of the RIHPHC National Register Program. (12/14/04). 
  2004 State Preservation Grants Announced
Gov. Carcieri, Mayor Doyle, and Rep. Crowley were on hand at Slater Mill in Pawtucket to congratulate the 24 recipients of the 2004 State Preservation Grants. A total of $1.5 million was awarded to 24 projects in 13 cities and towns around the state. (11/30/04) 
  Rhode Island Voters Approve Question #11
On Election Day, 195,820 Rhode Island voters approved Question #11, the Historic Preservation and Heritage Bonds. The bonds will fund $3 million in competitive State Preservation Grants for capital preservation projects at museums, cultural art centers, and community centers located in historic buildings. (11/3/04)
  Endorsements for Question #11: Providence Journal, East Bay Newspapers, Southeast Independent, ...
Recent endorsements for Question #11, the Historic Preservation and Heritage Bonds, also include Preserve Rhode Island, Grow Smart Rhode Island, Attractions Council of Newport County, Prov. Preservation Society, Blackstone Valley Tourism Council, South Kingstown Town Council, Mayor Avedisian of Warwick, and Gov. Carcieri (10/28/04)
news picture "Save Our Heritage" Statewide Open House on Sunday, October 24
A total of 127 museums, arts venues, and historic sites will be FOR FREE on Sunday, October 24. Plus there will be a handful of walking tours and special events. The "Save Our Heritage" Statewide Open House will showcase historic places and inform voters about three preservation bond issues on the ballot: Questions #11, #6, and #12. Hours and special tours vary. (10/21/04) 
news picture Save America's Treasures Awards Grants to two Rhode Island Sites 
Save America's Treasures has announced two new grants in Rhode Island. Chateau-sur-Mer in Newport was awarded $250,000 to support replacement of a deteriorated roof. The Providence Athenaeum was awarded $260,000 to address major structural deficiencies in the periodical and rare book stacks. (10/13/04) 
  Watch Hill's Ocean House Hotel gets Zoning Approval
The Westerly Town Council gave a critical boost to plans to preserve the historic Ocean House Hotel by adopting a new waterfront historic hotel zoning classification. The RIHPHC assisted the Town in drafting historic preservation measures which will be included in any Ocean House development. (10/12/04) 
  Historic Houses Provide Affordable Homes in Elmwood Historic District
Eight Victorian houses on Adelaide Avenue in Providence have been rehabilitated to provide 28 affordable apartments. RIHPHC provided $1.9 million in federal and state tax credits for the eight historic buildings. (10/7/04) 
  Preservation on the November 2 Ballot
There are three preservation-related bond issues on the ballot: Historic Preservation and Heritage Bonds (Question #11); Cranston Street Armory (#6), State-Owned Facilities (#12) For more information, see the 2004 Voter Information Handbook (pdf), or attend the upcoming "Save Our Heritage" Statewide Open House on Sunday, October 24. (9/27/04)
news picture Newport Named by Preserve America
The White House has announced that the City of Newport has been designated a Preserve America community in recognition of its outstanding architectural heritage and the community's excellent efforts in historic preservation. (9/20/04) 
news picture Five more towns named
The White House has announced that five more Rhode Island towns have been designated Preserve America communities. The five are: East Greenwich, Little Compton, New Shoreham, South Kingstown, and Westerly. (9/9/04) 
  Your Suggestions Invited for RIHPHC's 2005 Work Program
The RIHPHC is preparing its 2005 Annual Work Program. What are the most important preservation issues in your community? in Rhode Island? Which issues should the RIHPHC address in 2005? Send your ideas and suggestions by 10/29/04 to info@preservation.ri.gov, or consult this notice for more information.  
news picture New National Register Listings
A 1925 laundry building on Providence's West Side, a c.1800 farmhouse in Smithfield, and a c. 1898-1927 industrial complex in Pawtucket are the latest Rhode Island properties to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (5/19/04) 
news picture 2004 State Preservation Grant Applications Now Available
The $1.5 million 2004 State Preservation Grant round is now open. Grants will fund renovation projects at museums and cultural art centers located in historic structures throughout RI. Grant applications are now available on the Commission's website--or by calling 401-222-4138. Applications are due on or before July 30, 2004, and decisions will be made in November 2004. (5/10/04)
news picture RIHPHC's Annual Preservation Conference Held in Bristol
Bristol hosted the 19th Annual Rhode Island Statewide Preservation Conference. More than 350 attendees explored "A Future for Historic Schools." Highlights included workshops on historic windows, tours of Bristol's unique places, roundtables on art centers and university fieldwork projects, and discussions about preserving historic schools. (4/24/04) 
news picture Plum Beach Light & Westminster St. Highlighted
Two RI historic preservation projects funded by Transportation Enhancements were featured in Connections, a newsletter published by the Federal Highway Administration. The article cited preservation work on Providence's Westminster Street and restoration of the Plum Beach Lighthouse off North Kingstown as outstanding examples of the Enhancements program. (4/7/04)
news picture RIHP&HC Announces 2004 CLG Grant Awards
The Commission made seven grant awards totalling about $47,000 to local historical preservation programs. These grants to Cranston, Newport, Pawtucket, Providence, and Warwick will support a restoration plan, National Register nomination, architectural survey, marine archaeological surveys, and public education activities. (3/18/04)
news picture Three RI Towns Honored by Preserve America
Bristol, Cranston, and Warren (pictured) will be recognized as Rhode Island's first Preserve America communities at a Capitol Hill ceremony. The RIHPHC helped to prepare the towns' applications. Preserve America is a White House initiative to recognize historic communities and to encourage citizen participation in heritage activities. For more information, visit www.PreserveAmerica.gov (3/17/04)
news picture Perkins Buildings Listed on NR
An industrial complex in the West Elmwood neighborhood of Providence was listed on the National Register. Built incrementally between 1887 and the 1950s, the three Perkins Buildings are significant as an example of the moderate-sized factories created throughout Providence in the second half of the 19th century. (3/4/04) 
news picture Warren Waterfront NR District Expanded

The Warren Waterfront National Register District was expanded to include nearly 500 buildings ranging in construction date from the 1750s to the present. The commercial, residential, and institutional buildings demonstrate an unusual architectural variety and a rich social history that defines Warren's character. (3/1/04)