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News: 2011 archive

loan before Historic Homeowner Credit Suspended
The Historic Homeowner Tax Credit has been suspended. In 2010, the RI General Assembly revised the state income tax law and stopped several tax credits including the Historic Homeownership Assistance Act (RI General Laws 44-33.1). In the 2011 session of the General Assembly, legislation was introduced but not enacted to reinstate the Historic Homeownership tax credit. The state division of taxation will not accept Historic Homeownership tax credits beginning with tax year 2011 (taxes due in April 2012). For more information consult our Homeowner Tax Credit page. (11/3/11)
shoreby hill Shoreby Hill Listed on National Register
Located in Jamestown, this picturesque summer suburb has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The exclusive neighborhood of Shoreby Hill was planned by landscape architect and engineer Ernest Bowditch in the late 1890s. The historic district has a notable collection of houses designed in the Shingle and Colonial Revival styles, as well as more recent bungalows and Four Square houses. (10/19/11)

Position available: Principal Historic Preservation Archaeologist
The Principal Archaeologist is the senior staff archaeologist at RIHPHC. Working in collaboration with the Deputy Director and the Senior Archaeologist, the position is responsible for developing and carrying out a program to identify, document, preserve and interpret Rhode Island's archaeological record. Click here for a copy of the State Job Posting and a detailed job description. Application Period: 10/10/2011 to 11/10/2011 or until filled (10/6/11)

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Phillipsdale listed on National Register
Phillipsdale mill village in East Providence has been listed on the National Register for its importance to the history of local industry, architecture, and community development. The Phillipsdale Historic District is a distinctive mill village whose development was led by three large manufacturing companies from the 1850s to the 1900s. That legacy, coupled with other buildings erected between the 18th and 20th centuries, provide Phillipsdale with an interesting variety of engineering innovations, building types and architectural styles. (10/5/11)

state house interior Celebrate Preservation and the 2011 Rhody Awards
Join Preserve Rhode Island and the RIHPHC for the 3rd Annual Preservation Celebration on Friday, October 14 at the Rhode Island State House. Mix, mingle, and celebrate the recipients of the Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation. We will toast the Rhode Island State House Restoration Society and 15 other award recipients, as well as recently retired RIHPHC archaeologist Paul Robinson. For more information, or to buy a ticket, contact Preserve Rhode Island. (9/30/11)

Draft Revised State Preservation Plan Available For Comment
The State Historic Preservation Plan outlines existing preservation programs and sets out priorities and goals for the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission. The draft revised State Preservation Plan (pdf) is currently available for public review and comment.  Comments should be directed to Richard Greenwood, Deputy Director. (8/23/11)

51prospect Wickford Estate Listed on National Register
The David Sherman Baker Jr. Estate/Cedar Spring Farm has been listed on the National Register for its significance to North Kingstown's architecture and community development. An example of suburban residential development following the advent of train service in Wickford, the site includes two 19th-century houses, a barn, and 3 acres of landscaped grounds. (8/23/11)
heritage day Celebrate Rhode Island Heritage Day!
Join the RIHPHC and more than 15 countries at the 34th Annual Heritage Day Festival and RI National Guard Celebration of Diversity on Saturday, September 24 (rain date is Sunday). This FREE event features art, dance, food, music, cultural displays, and activities for kids. Location: Roger Williams National Memorial, 282 North Main Street, Providence. Time: noon to dusk. Flyer (8/12/11)
commonsensepreservation New Website: Common Sense Preservation
Common Sense Preservation: Practical Tips for Rhode Island Old House Owners is online. The Collaboration for Common Sense Preservation created this site to challenge the assumption that owning a historic house is expensive and time consuming. The site offers practical tips to help owners of old houses protect, maintain and maximize energy efficiency of their properties in a common sense, cost-efficient manner. (8/11/11)
rhodyawards Nominations available: Rhody Awards for Preservation
The Rhody Awards honor great preservation achievements, people who have made a difference in their community, and projects that inspire others to protect special places in Rhode Island. We need your input: please submit a nomination by June 24. Download a nomination form (pdf), or visit the Rhody Awards website. (5/12/11)
crossways farm Crossways Farm Listed On National Register
The two-century old Spencer-Shippee-Lillibridge House and other outbuildings from Crossways Farm in East Greenwich have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Georgian-style farmhouse, dry-laid stone walls, pump house, milk house, horse barn, and carriage house were recognized for their contribution to East Greenwich's agricultural and architectural history. (5/9/11)
block island steamer Preservation Conference Sold Out
If you haven't registered, you have missed the boat. The 26th Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference is sold out. Additional tickets may be made available on the day of the conference. Contact Janet Balletto for more information. (4/20/11)
arrival at block island Register now! Preservation Conference on Saturday, April 30
For the first time in 26 years, the Annual RI Statewide Historic Preservation Conference comes to Block Island on April 30. Join us for a variety of tours, talks, and presentations. See the conference website for more information. (3/16/11)
union wadding Industrial-strength Pawtucket History and Architecture Recognized
Buildings of the Union Wadding Company and New England Machine and Electric Company were added to the National Register as part of the expanded Church Hill Industrial district in Pawtucket. The former mill structures are significant for their contributions to the city's industrial and architectural history. (3/7/11)
tirocchi house RIHPHC Awards Grants to Local Projects
The RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission recently made over $42,000 in Certified Local Government grants to five local preservation projects. These include a GIS study of archaeological sites in North Smithfield, a statewide training program for Historic District Commissioners, National Register research in Cranston and New Shoreham, and preparation of plans and specifications for emergency repairs to the Prentice-Tirocchi House in Providence (left). (3/7/11)
belknap school Johnston's Belknap School listed on National Register
A one-room schoolhouse built in 1892 for the children of Belknap Village has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. This wood-frame structure has been carefully restored by the Johnston Historical Society for use as a museum. The Society's work was recognized with a Rhody Award for Historic Preservation last October. (1/13/11)