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.
For the month of May, the Fabulous Find thrift shop in Kittery, Maine, has partnered with the Warner House, Portsmouth Athenæum and Wentworth-Lear House where all of the May profits will benefit the three amazing historical organizations!
How can you increase the profits? It’s Spring cleaning time, and you can donate your items! Particularly desirable are jewelry, gently worn men & women’s clothing, small collectibles, art work, and small furniture. No books, please. You can bring your items to the Wentworth-Lear barn at 50 Mechanic Street, Portsmouth, NH, on April 26 and 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. where there will be people to load up the items. You can also bring them directly to the Fabulous Find in early May, and while you are there, shop for yourself, family and friends.
On Thursday, May 8 from 5:30 — 7 p.m., join us all at the Fabulous Find for a wine and cheese reception and the opening of the shop. There, April’s recipients will receive their checks, and we will be introduced as May’s recipients. [pdf]
The goal is two fold: to make you look and feel more fabulous AND to benefit the three organizations fabulously. The more you shop and donate, the bigger the donation will be for the Warner House, Portsmouth Athenaeum and Wentworth-Lear House.
The Fabulous Find is at 139 Route 1, Kittery, Maine, and describes itself as a “boutique style” thrift store, with higher quality clothing, home accessories, music and books. Click here for more information on the Fabulous Find and to like its Facebook page.
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.