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PRESS RELEASES

May 23, 2024

Preserve Rhode Island Awards $125,000 in 17 grants to Nonprofits Across the State to Repair Historic Buildings

Preserve Rhode Island (Preserve RI), partnering for a fifth year with The 1772 Foundation, awarded one-for-one matching grants totaling $125,000 to 17 nonprofit organizations maintaining historic buildings in Rhode Island.

October 30, 2023

2024 Grant Opportunities Available through The 1772 Foundation

Preserve Rhode Island (Preserve RI) will distribute matching grants of up to $10,000, made available by The 1772 Foundation for brick-and-mortar projects to non-profit organizations that own or lease a historic building.

October 17, 2023

2023 RHODY AWARDS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION ANNOUNCED

Preserve Rhode Island (Preserve RI) celebrated the honorees of the 2023 Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation on Sunday at The United Theatre in Westerly. They included a range of projects and people from across the state.

August 29, 2023 

2023 RHODY AWARDS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION ANNOUNCED

Preserve Rhode Island announced today the honorees of the 14th annual Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation. They include a range of projects and people from across the state. This year’s Rhody Awards celebrate work that supports affordable and low-income housing, stimulates local economies, saves rural landscapes, broadens our historic view to include unrepresented voices, and protects iconic landmarks for present and future generations.

November 30, 2022

STONE ENDER TALK AT REDWOOD LIBRARY REVEALS NEW DETAILS ON UNIQUE RHODE ISLAND ARCHITECTURAL STYLE

Preserve Rhode Island presented new research on Stone Enders to a crowded audience at the Redwood Library on Wednesday evening.  Stone Enders are an early colonial architectural style almost exclusively found in Rhode Island.  Their most unique characteristic is one side of the building is made up of a massive stone wall and chimney, while the other three sides are made of wood.  Preserve RI undertook this research in conjunction with the rehabilitation of a Stone Ender in Lincoln, RI, the Valentine Whitman Jr. House.

October 26, 2022

2022 RHODY AWARDS CELEBRATES IMPACT HISTORIC PRESERVATION HAS ON COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE STATE

Preserve Rhode Island (Preserve RI) celebrated the 14th annual Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation this past Sunday, at Ochre Court in Newport. They included a range of projects and people spanning from Westerly to Woonsocket. This year’s Rhody Awards celebrated work that supports affordable and low-income housing, rejuvenates historic downtowns, saves rural landscapes and protects iconic landmarks for present and future generations.

August 31, 2022

2022 RHODY AWARDS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION ANNOUNCED

Preserve RI announced today the honorees of the 13th annual Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation. They include a range of projects and people spanning from Westerly to Woonsocket. This year’s Rhody Awards celebrate work that supports affordable and low-income housing, rejuvenates historic downtowns, saves rural landscapes and protects iconic landmarks for present and future generations.

August 22, 2022

Preserve Rhode Island Releases New Findings on Stone Enders, an Architectural Style Unique to Rhode Island

Preserve Rhode Island, the state-wide nonprofit committed to preserving Rhode Island’s historic places for future generations, unveiled a new study on Stone Enders, an early colonial architectural style unique to Rhode Island. The new research was undertaken as part of their work in rehabilitating the historic Valentine Whitman House (c.1696) back into a private residence. With the rehabilitation now complete, Preserve RI listed the property for sale with Residential Properties at $539.9 thousand last week. A historic easement, overseen by Preserve RI, will be put on the property, permanently protecting the architectural integrity of the house.

May 17, 2022

One of Rhode Island’s Oldest Houses becomes a Family Home Once Again

Preserve Rhode Island, the state-wide nonprofit committed to preserving Rhode Island’s historic places for future generations, announced at a town meeting in Lincoln on Monday, their plans to return the historic Valentine Whitman House (c. 1696) back into a private residence. A preservation easement, overseen by Preserve RI, will be put on the property, permanently protecting the architectural integrity of the house. The Town of Lincoln transferred ownership of the Valentine Whitman House to Preserve RI in July 2021. Extensive repair and rehabilitation work began immediately and the project is estimated to cost $600 thousand dollars when complete. With the rehabilitation of the house in the final stages, Preserve RI plans to put the house on the market in June

September 8, 2021

2021 RHODY AWARDS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION ANNOUNCED

Preserve Rhode Island (Preserve RI) and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) announce the honorees of the 13th annual Rhody Awards for Historic Preservation. They include a highly regarded preservation planner from South Kingstown, an all-volunteer organization that has preserved the heart of Lincoln’s Great Road, a young couple who created a home in a historic Portsmouth mill, and an array of innovative preservation projects including a former movie palace, a public housing complex, and a colonial-era farmstead.

August 24, 2021

Scenic Aquidneck Coalition Celebrates the Completion of Burying Utilities Along Middletown's Third Beach and Paradise Valley 

On Thursday, August 19, the Scenic Aquidneck Coalition celebrated the completion of a project to bury power and communication lines along Third Beach Road and Indian Avenue in Middletown, Rhode Island. Inspired by the 2017 Second Beach project, the Scenic Third Beach Project removes the rest of the poles on Sachuest Point along Third Beach and up Indian Avenue, promoting coastal resiliency, restoring the historic landscape and enhancing the area’s scenic appeal.  

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