Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Announcing the 1772 Grant Recipients for 2018

1772 Partnership Grants Announced 2018

Contact: Erin Marchitto

Tel: 203-562-6312


June 2018

**For Immediate Release**   

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation and the 1772 Foundation announce Matching Grants for Historic Preservation

The 1772 Foundation has awarded $191,120 in the form of 1:1 matching grants of up to $15,000 to 20 nonprofit organizations for the following historic preservation projects: exterior painting, finishes and surface restoration; fire detection, lightning protection and security systems; porch, roof and window repair/restoration; structural foundation and sill repair/replacement; and chimney and masonry repointing. The 2018 recipients are:

American Clock & Watch Museum (Bristol), $4,000 for chimney repair at the Miles Lewis House (1801)

Canton Historical Society (Canton), $6,000 for exterior repairs and paint at the Collins Axe Co. building (1865)

Cedar Hill Cemetery Foundation (Hartford), $6,500 for roof replacement at the Superintendent’s cottage (1873)

Connecticut Audubon Society (Hampton), $15,000 for roof repair and chimney restoration at the Edwin Teale House (1806)

The Denison Society (Mystic), $12,000 for roof repair of the barn (1780)

The Dudley Foundation (Guilford), $12,000 for sill repair on the Big Barn (1845)

Enfield Historical Society (Enfield), $15,000 for exterior paint at the Martha Parsons House (1872)

The Historical Society of East Hartford (East Hartford), $7,500 for wood shingle roof replacement at the Makens Bemont Huguenot House (1761)

Hyland House Museum (Guilford), $12,000 for roof replacement at the Hyland House (1713)

Joshua's Trust (Mansfield), $15,000 for foundation stabilization and roof framing repairs at the Gurleyville Grist Mill (1750)

Lisbon Historical Society (Lisbon), $10,000 for foundation, sills and framing repairs at the Burnham Tavern (1755)

Mystic Seaport Museum (Mystic), $12,000 for roof replacement of the Charles Mallory Sail Loft (1839)

New Haven Museum (New Haven), $12,000 for phase V window repair at the New Haven Colony Historical Society (1930)

The Norwich Historical Society (Norwich), $5,000 for roof replacement and foundation drainage repairs at the East District Schoolhouse (1789)

Old Saybrook Historical Society (Old Saybrook), $12,000 for window repair at the General William Hart House (1767)

Pequot Library (Southport), $1,500 for masonry repairs at the Pequot library (1894)

The Rockfall Foundation (Middletown), $12,000 for repairs to the roof soffits, fascia, dormers, porch columns, windows and door trim at the Captain Benjamin Williams House aka deKoven House (1792)

Simsbury Historical Society (Simsbury), $3,620 for security upgrades to the Phelps House (1771) and four other buildings.

Torrington Historical Society (Torrington), $12,000 for exterior repairs and paint at the Carson house (1880)

Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust (New Milford), $10,000 for repairs to the gutters, drainage, stone foundation, electrical safety, siding and doors at the Smyrski Farm “White Barn” complex (1870)

Greg Farmer and Brad Schide, who are circuit riders for the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, made site visits and provided technical assistance to the grant applicants. Farmer said, "The Trust is pleased to acknowledge the continued support of the 1772 Foundation in preserving historic buildings and museums throughout the state. The pool of applicants this year included 56 museums and historical organizations in 45 communities, representing a total of more than $1.6 million in capital repair projects. The 20 grants awarded will leverage more than $298,000 in additional private funding and help ensure continued access to community-based heritage."

President of the 1772 Foundation, B. Danforth Ely, commented on the importance of these grants to the preservation community. "They fund maintenance and restoration work that might otherwise be deferred. Funding for such work is often harder to come by than funding for programming. The requirement of a match means our dollars go further and also demonstrates to us community support and the recipients' commitment to preserving their buildings."