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State grant helps preserve Clemence-Irons House

January 13, 2016


Historic New England recently secured a $29,780 grant from the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission’s State Preservation Grants Program for the 1691 Clemence-Irons House in Johnston.

The grant will support a $91,000 preservation project that includes:

  • roof replacement with hand-split, re-sawn shakes (wooden shingles made from split logs)
  • in-kind repair of the rear sill
  • replacement of deteriorated clapboarding
  • mortar analysis and spot re-pointing of the house's stone end, including repair of the decorative corbeling at the top of the chimney.

The work is scheduled to take place this summer.

Clemence-Irons House is an excellent example of a stone-ender, a once common but now rare seventeenth-century building type.

Help support the preservation of Clemence-Irons House and other one-of-a-kind historic sites with a gift to the Preservation Maintenance Fund.


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State grant helps preserve Clemence-Irons House