Historic New England receives grant for Merwin House
STOCKBRIDGE, MASS. – Historic New England was awarded a $38,000 grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Preservation Projects Fund to support a roof restoration project at the c. 1825 Merwin House in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Historic New England must match the award.
The roof restoration project will support the replacement of the metal and wood shingle roofs, the re-pointing and re-flashing of chimneys, and re-hanging of the gutters and downspouts to ensure the property’s preservation.
Merwin House, located in one of the most picturesque spots in Massachusetts, is open to the public as a historic house museum. The house represents changes in the Berkshire region during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, when the introduction of the railroad transitioned the area from a rural community to one frequented by New Yorkers seeking a seasonal escape from the city. Vipont Merwin, whose parents named the house Tranquility when they purchased it in 1875 as a summer retreat, wanted to preserve the site for future generations as an example of an American culture she feared would become extinct. The property was given to Historic New England in 1966 and contains many family pieces including some Tiffany items, a collection of trophies, an elaborate dresser set, and a player piano.
Historic New England's Preservation Maintenance Fund provides the highest standard of care for our thirty-six properties so that we may address maintenance needs proactively. Individual gifts to the Preservation Maintenance Fund help us provide the proper care for our historic buildings and landscapes. For more information on how to make a donation to help raise matching funds for this project, please call 617-994-5951.
Contact: Susanna M. Crampton