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.