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bristol statehouse Applications Available: 2016 State Preservation Grants
Applications for the 2016 round of State Preservation Grants are now available on the RIHPHC website. Approximately $1.5 million in matching grants is available for capital preservation projects at museums, cultural art centers, and public historic sites located in historic buildings. Three informational sessions about the State Preservation Grant program will be held:
1) at the Old State House (RIHPHC office), 150 Benefit St., Providence at 2pm on Weds., June 29
2) at the Preservation Society of Newport County's headquarters, 424 Bellevue Ave., Newport at 10am on Thurs., June 30
3) at Harris Mill, Coventry on Fri., July 1
Applications are due by Friday, August 19, 2016. (5/27/16, updated 6/9/16)
wakefield branch Deadline Extended to June 3: Nominate a Person, Project, or Program for a Rhody Award
The Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation 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. Click here to download a nomination form and then return it to us by Friday, June 3. Save the date--Preserve Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission will present the eighth annual Preservation Celebration and Rhody Awards at Rosecliff on Sunday, October 16. (updated 5/20/16)
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CLG Grants Announced
RIHPHC is awarding seven grants totaling about $57,900 to local historic preservation programs in East Providence, East Greenwich, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, and Providence. Grant projects include architectural planning for a historic carousel; a master plan for a historic school building; planning documents for a historic town-owned farm; a National Register nomination for an industrial district; a charrette for a historic state-owned building; the reevaluation of a historic commercial district; and the annual statewide historic preservation conference. (5/16/16) press release

prospect heights Pawtucket's Prospect Heights Listed on National Register
A public housing complex has received federal recognition for its contributions to social history and the history of community planning/development in Pawtucket. The National Park Service has added Prospect Heights to the National Register of Historic Places. Built by the Pawtucket Housing Authority between 1941 and 1942, the Prospect Heights Housing Project is significant as Pawtucket’s first and only New Deal-era, federally-funded public housing project. (3/4/16) press release
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Historic Coastal Communities & Flood Hazards Study
This 2015 planning study identifies Rhode Island’s historic communities at greatest risk from coastal flooding, and it evaluates available responses to coastal flooding risks, including: the National Flood Insurance Program, FEMA and state coastal regulations, and resilient design. The study was commissioned by the City of Newport and funded by the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission through the federal Certified Local Government Grants program. (2/25/16) Report and Appendices

ram point Westerly's Ram Point Listed on National Register
An early-20th-century summer estate in Avondale has received federal recognition for its contributions to the history of architecture in Westerly. The National Park Service has added Ram Point to the National Register of Historic Places. Built ca. 1903 for Dr. John Whitridge Williams, Ram Point is an excellent example of a Colonial Revival-style summer estate, with a commodious main house and several secondary structures, including a boathouse and dock. (1/18/16) press release
spg State Preservation Grants and State Cultural Facilities Grants Announced
RIHPHC and RISCA announced the 47 State Preservation Grants and State Cultural Faclities Grants totalling nearly $4 million at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich. Senator Cynthia Coyne, Senator Mark Gee, Representative Mia Ackerman, Representative Samuel Azzinaro, Mayor Charles Lombardi, Mayor Susan Baldelli-Hunt, and Mayor William Murray joined Edward Sanderson and Randall Rosenbaum in congratulating the recipients. (1/11/16) press release
16conference Building and Preserving South County: Save the Date for R.I.'s Preservation Conference
RIHPHC presents the 31st Annual R.I. Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in North Kingstown and Exeter on Saturday, April 30. The program will be available in early March. Visit the conference website for more information. (1/9/16)
elm tree plat bungalow Suburban Haven: Two East Providence Plats Listed on National Register
Two residential plats in the Riverside neighborhood have been recognized for their contributions to the history of architecture and community planning of East Providence. The National Park Service has added the Rose Land Park Plat and the Elm Tree Plat Historic Districts to the National Register of Historic Places. These two residential historic districts represent the rapid suburbanization of Riverside in the early to mid-20th century. (12/29/15) press release