Grant to Fund Preservation of Historic Durant-Kenrick House

Preservation Massachusetts, in partnership with the 1772 Foundation, has awarded Historic Newton a grant for an historic preservation project at the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds. The $10,000 matching grant will be used to replace gutters and to reglaze and repair window sashes on the eastern face of the Durant-Kenrick House. These repairs will help preserve the 19th century building and prevent water infiltration from harming the collections housed in the museum.

The Durant-Kenrick House is one of two museums operated by Historic Newton. Built in 1734, the Georgian farmhouse retains the structure and detail that exemplifies its style, such as wide, high-ceilinged rooms, ample space for entertaining, elaborately tooled balusters, and extremely rare, early 19th-century stenciled floors. Historic Newton acquired the house in spring 2011 and opened the Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds in January 2014.

The repairs will help ensure that the historic house remains a neighborhood landmark for future generations to visit.

In their most recent grant round, the 1772 Foundation worked with the six New England statewide historic preservation organizations, including Preservation Massachusetts, to administer 1:1 matching grants of up to $10,000. Historic Newton was one of 14 Massachusetts projects to receive a grant.

About Preservation Massachusetts: Preservation Massachusetts was established in 1985 as Historic Massachusetts, Inc. We are the statewide non-profit organization that actively promotes the preservation of historic buildings and landscapes as a positive force for economic development and the retention of community character. The organization is supported entirely by grants, fundraising events and the support of our membership. In keeping with our mission, we work in partnership with national, state and local organizations and individuals across the Commonwealth to advance and understanding, appreciation and utilization of our historic built and natural landscapes. More information about Preservation Massachusetts may be found online at www.preservationmass.org

About the 1772 Foundation: The 1772 Foundation was named in honor of its first restoration project, Liberty Hall in Union, NJ, which was built in 1772 and is the ancestral home of the Livingston and Kean families. The late Stewart B. Kean was the sole benefactor to The 1772 Foundation. The 1772 Foundation works to ensure the safe passage of our historic buildings and farmland to future generations. More information about The 1772 Foundation may be found at www.1772foundation.org