Recently, the New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) awarded the Warner House a $47,000 matching grant. LCHIP is an independent state authority that promotes preservation of natural, cultural and historic resources by providing matching grants to non-profits and municipalities. For more information on LCHIP, visit www.lchip.org
Warner House will use the funds for exterior envelope and structural repairs related to moisture mitigation. The project will include much needed repairs of the brick piers in the basement and repairs of other elements including the following: parapet caps, windows, masonry and gutters. All work will adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, ensuring that as much historic fabric is retained as possible, that if an architectural element has deteriorated beyond repair, it is replaced in-kind and through making modifications reversible.
Work will occur over a two year period and be completed in time to celebrate our 300th anniversary and will position the Warner House to last another 300 years. Be on the lookout for specialized “hard hat tours” and special programs highlighting our progress.
To donate to this worthy cause and assist us in raising funds to match our challenge grant, please click on the donate button, which will take you to the secure Paypal site. If you would prefer to pay by check, please make the check payable to the WARNER HOUSE ASSOCIATION, memo line LCHIP GRANT, and mail it to WARNER HOUSE ASSOCIATION, P.O. BOX 895, PORTSMOUTH, NH 03802 – 0895.
First opening in 1932 as a house museum, the Warner House will herald its 82nd season on June 1, 2014! That first year, the Warner House was largely unfurnished, the heirs understandably taking family possessions to their homes across the country. Today, however, many family furnishings and paintings have returned to the house, year after year donated back by Warner House descendants. These cherished possessions now furnish the spacious rooms, illuminating the rich life of the six generations who once called the Warner House home.