Connecticut Historic Preservation Matching Grants — 2016

Posted June 20th, 2016 by maryalbro and filed in News & Announcements
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The 1772 Foundation and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation have awarded to 23 Connecticut organizations matching grants totaling $190,000. 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. Individual grant amounts ranged from $2,256 to the grant maximum of $15,000. Three of the 23 organizations received the maximum award amount. Grants also were awarded in New Jersey and Rhode Island.

This year, Connecticut projects receiving funding included three barns owned by the 4-H Education Center at AuerFarm in Bloomfield, the Dudley Foundation in Guilford, and Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust based in Kent.

<Auerfarm Photo 2Dudley Photo 3Weantinoge Photo 3
Mushroom BarnDudley Farm Museum barnSmyrski Red Barn

Auer Farm’s Mushroom Barn, a hollow clay tile masonry building, is the only one of its kind in the state. It was built in 1919 by Russian immigrants to grow mushrooms on a commercial scale. The barn has an unusual shape, the same as that of a barn in an illustration in the 1891 manual, Mushrooms: How to Grow Them. The grantee hopes to use the barn as a farm store and information center. Replacing the roof is the first step in saving and eventually repurposing this unique building.

The Dudley Farm Museum’s “Big Barn” is a large three-part structure, currently used for animal shelter and storage for hay and equipment. When restored, the barn also will have an educational display area to showcase 19th century agricultural equipment. The Dudley Foundation will use 1772 grant funds to make structural repairs to the barn’s foundation and sills.

The Smyrski Farm “Red Barn” also requires structural repairs. It is located on the 210-acre Smyrski Farm in New Milford, acquired by the Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust for permanent protection in 2008. The land trust is committed to maintaining and improving the barn for long-term use and stability while preserving its historic features. This year’s repairs follow exterior painting and other improvements completed with a 2015 grant from The 1772 Foundation.

The website, Barns: Historic Barns of Connecticut is a database developed by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. It lists the above three barns as well as hundreds of others in each of the 169 towns in the state.

4-H Education Center at Auer Farm (Bloomfield)Mushroom Barn$15,000
American Clock & Watch Museum (Bristol)Quinlan House $10,000
Amity & Woodbridge Historical SocietyThomas Darling House$10,000
Branford Historical SocietyHarrison House$7,650
The Deacon John Grave Foundation (Madison)Deacon John Grave House$10,000
The Dudley Foundation (Guilford)Dudley Farm Museum barn $10,000
Enfield Historical SocietyMartha Parson House Museum$13,000
Essex Historical SocietyHills Academy$2,500
Fairfield Museum and History CenterCenter$5,000
Friends of Lachat (Weston)David Godfrey House $2,256
Haddam Historical SocietyThankful Arnold House$4,500
The Institute Library (New Haven)Library$15,000
Joshua's Trust (Storrs)Atwood Farm Homestead $6,000
Mystic SeaportEdmonson House, Stone General Store $10,000
New Milford Historical Society & MuseumLevi Knapp House$15,000
Old Lyme Historical SocietyOld Lyme Grange #162$1,600
Railroad Museum of New England (Thomaston)Thomaston Station$2,500
Simsbury Historical SocietyPhelps Tavern, Ellsworth Visitors Center$2,700
Tolland Historical SocietyDaniel Benton Homestead $10,000
Vista Life Innovations (Westbrook)Captain Joseph W. Spencer House $8,790
Ward-Heitmann House Museum (West Haven)Ward-Heitmann House$13,500
Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust (New Milford)Smyrski Farm Red Barn$5,000
Weston Historical SocietyColey Farm House$10,000