LCHIP-funded work completed at Rundlet-May House

Aug 27, 2019

Exterior of the Rundlet-May House showing some of the outbuildings
Rundlet-May House

Historic New England recently completed work at Rundlet-May House in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, that protects one of the most important Federal house museums in the region. The work was funded, in part, through a $70,000 matching grant from the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP).

By developing an effective method to keep water away from the building and treating exterior elements that had deteriorated due to weather, the project helps ensure the long-term preservation of the house. It also preserves some unique landscape fixtures. The work included restoration of the gutter and downspout systems; repairs to the house roofline, balustrade, chimneys, and spiral rose arbors; and replacement of roofs on outbuildings and the urns on the front fence.

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This project complements Historic New England’s ongoing efforts to research roof drainage systems and ways to prevent water from damaging historic buildings, and to examine the direct impact of climate change on our historic resources and approach to preservation. Historic New England shares a series of white papers on these and other topics.

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) is an independent state authority that provides matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to protect and preserve the state’s most important natural, cultural, and historic resources.