Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program
2023 Grant Awards
Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH) is thrilled to announce the recipients of our Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program (ARRP) grants. A total of $680,734 will fund 11 projects in eight of New York’s Adirondack/North Country counties.
The Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program is supported in part by a Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior. The ARRP funds capital rehabilitation projects that contribute to their community’s character, follow preservation standards, and create economic development through supporting new or continuing uses of publicly-accessible historic buildings.
Funded projects include the restoration of a milking parlor on a National Register-listed farm, making it available for public tours and educational programs highlighting the Champlain Valley’s agricultural heritage; restoration of historic wood windows in the Silas Wright House, the headquarters of the St. Lawrence County Historical Association in the village of Canton; and stabilization of a nineteenth-century schoolhouse in the Town of Bleecker, formerly known as The Old School Museum and now rebranded as The Factory Schoolhouse.
Through these grants, AARCH can support the libraries, museums, town halls, farmsteads, and other civic buildings that form the backbone of our rural North Country communities. Grant funds will leverage over $2.1 million of public and private investment in our selected projects, all of which will lead to new or expanded public use.
The following projects will receive Adirondack Rural Revitalization Program grants:
Keeseville, Clinton County: Civic Center Rehabilitation Project, Town of AuSable – The Town of AuSable intends to utilize grant funds to rehabilitate existing bathrooms in the Civic Center, creating two ADA compliant facilities.
Westport, Essex County: Wadhams Grange Hall Rehabilitation Project, ADK Dwelling LLC – This project will rehabilitate the historic Wadhams Grange Hall to provide a new retail space in the community, two apartments, and a series of “makerspaces” for artists and entrepreneurs.
Essex, Essex County: Echo Farm Milking Parlor Rehabilitation, Echo Farm – Echo Farm will restore their milking parlor to make it accessible for public tours and other events, showcasing the process and product of small-scale grass-fed dairying, as the custom was when the barn was built.
Saranac Lake/Harrietstown, Franklin County: Roof Renovation and Upgrade for Historic Town Hall, Town of Harrietstown – Harrietstown will complete a top-priority capital rehabilitation project of fixing the leaking roof and repairing associated ceiling damage in its historic town hall.
Saranac Lake/Harrietstown, Franklin County: Trudeau Building Entrance Restoration, Historic Saranac Lake – Historic Saranac Lake will rehabilitate the Trudeau Building’s entrance.
Bleecker, Fulton County: The Factory School Stabilization & Restoration, Eliza Jane Darling – The owners of this historic schoolhouse will repair the building’s deteriorating fieldstone foundation and improve public access.
Lake Pleasant, Hamilton County: Lake Pleasant Historical Society Museum Preservation Project, Town of Lake Pleasant – This project will repair the foundation for the Town of Lake Pleasant Museum.
Canton, St. Lawrence County: Silas Wright House Window Project, St. Lawrence County Historical Association – The St. Lawrence Count Historical Association will repair the existing 33 historic windows in the west wing and kitchen areas of the Silas Wright House.
Brant Lake, Warren County: Heintzelman Library Historic Preservation Project, Town of Horicon – The town will replace the current modern replacement windows with more historically appropriate windows, while also relocating and burying the electrical and telephone lines going into the building.
Fort Ann, Washington County: Old Stone House Library Restoration, Town of Fort Ann – The town will restore and stabilize the foundation and exterior of the Old Stone House Library.
Salem, Washington County: Historic Salem Courthouse Great Hall Rehabilitation and Fire Safety Upgrade, Town of Salem – The Historic Salem Courthouse Great Hall Rehabilitation and Fire Safety Upgrade will rehabilitate the most heavily used, publicly accessible spaces, and improve fire safety across the entire building.