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  • Carrie Taylor, Museum Director

(Fund) Raising the Roof!

Updated: Nov 19, 2020

Since 2012 Lippitt House Museum knew we needed to implement a plan (and raise the necessary funds) to replace the failing asphalt shingle roof. Through the generous support of individual donors, private foundations, and competitive capital grants from the state of Rhode Island, we are now able to embark on this major restoration project.

This summer, the current 1983 asphalt shingle and EPDM rubber roof is being replaced with a historically accurate metal roof based on the original design Henry Lippitt had installed in 1864. The original batten seam roof can be seen below in this 1957 photograph. (Photo credit: Historic American Buildings Survey, Laurence E. Tilley, Photographer April 1958, Library of Congress.)