Connecticut Historic Preservation Grants – 2017

Posted June 20th, 2017 by maryalbro and filed in News & Announcements
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The 1772 Foundation and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation have awarded 19 historic preservation 1:1 matching grants totaling $205,188. Grants were provided for exterior work:  painting, surface restoration, fire/security systems, repairs to/restoration of porches, roofs and windows, repairs to foundations and sills, and chimney and masonry repointing. Grants ranged from $3,875 to $15,000. The 1772 Foundation also awarded grants in New Jersey and Rhode Island.

Since the partnership between The 1772 Foundation and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation began in 2011, the Foundation has distributed over $1,330,000 to 133 projects of private, nonprofit organizations across the state.

Two small school houses are among the structures being repaired using this year’s Connecticut grant funds. One is owned by the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (CT SAR) and is located in the Moodus section of East Haddam. The other is owned by the Little Red School House Association of Winchester.

Nathan Hale School House in East Haddam

Winchester's Little Red School House

The East Haddam school house was built ca. 1750 and is known as the Nathan Hale (First Ecclesiastical Society) School House. It is one of two extant structures with a direct connection to American Revolutionary War hero, Nathan Hale. Following his graduation from Yale earlier in the year, Hale began teaching there in October 1773, staying only until March 1774. The school house’s historical significance is based on its connection to Hale, Connecticut’s State Hero. There are panel exhibits about Hale’s tenure, colonial schooling, and Revolutionary espionage.

The Nathan Hale School House is a small clapboard building, approximately 20′ x 15′, one floor with no cellar and a loft attic. There are four windows and three doors on the main level and a small window and vent in the attic loft. The roof is cedar shake. There is a brick interior chimney on the west elevation. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places within the East Haddam Historic District. Funds from The 1772 Foundation will be used for exterior painting and window and roof repairs.

Winchester’s Little Red School House was built in 1815 and was one of several, one-room schools in the Town of Winchester. The building is a remarkably intact example of a New England building type that is rapidly disappearing from the Connecticut landscape. The timber-framed structure is the only surviving school house in the Town of Winchester that preserves its original form, character, and purpose. It is on the State Register of Historic Places. Restoration work covered by the grant includes foundation improvements, sill replacement, replacement of deteriorated sheathing and siding, painting the exterior and miscellaneous site work.

A list of all of this year’s Connecticut recipients of historic preservation matching grants follows.

Avery-Copp House (Groton)Avery-Copp House$3,875
Community Foundation of Middlesex County (Middletown)Caleb Fuller House$14,000
The Connecticut Antique Machinery Association (Kent)Cream Hill Agricultural School$10,000
Connecticut Sports Foundation (Old Saybrook)Maria Sanford House$14,000
The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (East Haddam)Nathan Hale Schoolhouse$4,813
Eugene O'Neill Theater Center (Waterford)Monte Cristo Cottage$14,000
Flanders Nature Center & Land Trust (Woodbury)North Barn, South Farm House$14,000
Grove Street Cemetery (New Haven)Chapel$15,000
Keeler Tavern Preservation Society (Ridgefield)Brick House$14,000
The Ledge Light Foundation (New London)Ledge Lighthouse$10,000
Little Red School House Association of WinchesterSchool House$15,000
The Mark Twain House & Museum (Hartford)Mark Twain House$10,000
New Haven MuseumMuseum$12,500
Preston Historical SocietyLong Society Meetinghouse$14,000
The Rockfall Foundation (Middletown)Captain Benjamin Williams House$10,700
Stonington Village Improvement AssociationJames Merrill House$10,000
Thompson Historical SocietyOld town hall$5,000
Willington Historical SocietyGlazier Tavern$8,975
Windham County 4-H Foundation (Pomfret)Lodge$5,325