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Kimball Jenkins Celebrates $202,000 Grant Award

NH’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program awards $3.9 million in matching grants.

CONCORD, NH, December 7, 2017 – Kimball Jenkins, a prominent and cherished Concord landmark, has received a $202,000 matching grant award from the NH Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) to support restoring the roof and upper woodwork of its 1882 brick High Victorian Gothic mansion.

Kimball Jenkins’s LCHIP award is the largest historic resource project grant of the year. It follows close on the heels of the 2017 grant the nonprofit received for its $21,000 carriage house roof restoration project. Embraced by community supporters, that project was the first of that grant round to be successfully completed. LCHIP funds projects throughout the state of New Hampshire, giving a total of $3.9 million to forty-two historic resource projects and sixteen natural resource conservation projects this year.

With this matching grant, LCHIP is challenging the greater Concord community to step up and help preserve the superbly crafted 140-year old mansion, which tells the story of one of the city’s founding families living on Concord’s original stretch of Main Street. Total project cost is estimated at $400,000. Grant recipients are required to provide at least one matching dollar from another source for every dollar received from the state through LCHIP.

“We’re so grateful to LCHIP for their steadfast commitment to historic preservation, and for putting their trust in Kimball Jenkins again this year -- this time on a much larger scale,” said Althea Barton, KJ’s Director of Outreach & Development and historic preservation project manager. “So many people have a connection to Kimball Jenkins. Now they can be part of its legacy.”

Restoration work is expected to begin in the spring of 2020. The mansion is in remarkably good condition thanks to the superb quality of the original construction and the care of the Kimball family through six generations. The work will be done using traditional techniques and materials. Skilled craftspeople will painstakingly restore the original slate and copper mansion roof, repair and paint the ornate woodwork of the nine hip and gable dormers, and tie the roof and trim together with new copper flashing. With proper care, the roof should last another hundred years.

“This major grant acknowledges Kimball Jenkins’s architectural and historical significance, as well as its important role as the northern anchor of Concord’s downtown,” commented Ward 4 Councilor Byron Champlin. “The work made possible by this grant is critical to the well-being of the mansion, so it’s important that we all pitch in to match the grant.”

Kimball Jenkins’s Board Chair, Larry Morgan, noted, “Thanks to LCHIP, we’ve reached $250,000 of our $400,000 goal, so we’re well on our way to success. This is a great milestone for our organization, and I’m confident our community of supporters will help us meet this exciting challenge.”

Nearly 8,000 people visit Kimball Jenkins each year, enjoying art exhibits, historic tours, dinner parties, weddings, meetings, tea parties, and other community events in the mansion. Concord’s Master Plan delineates the city’s goal of safeguarding its cultural and architectural heritage by protecting and encouraging the rehabilitation of historic structures.

The eighteen-member LCHIP Board of Directors selects the grant recipients as the culmination of a rigorous application and review process. LCHIP’s Board Chair, Amanda Merrill of Durham, observes, “The LCHIP Board and staff have the responsibility and privilege of helping to protect natural, cultural and historic resources across New Hampshire. It is a pleasure to work with dedicated colleagues from local government, citizens groups and non-profits to preserve the places that make our state special.”

About Kimball Jenkins

Kimball Jenkins is a jewel in Concord’s crown. Set on almost two prime acres in the Concord Historic District (I-93, Exit 15), it features an iconic Victorian brick mansion and carriage house, and the yellow School of Art building, all sheltered by towering trees as old as the mansion itself. The nonprofit hosts over 200 events a year, including art exhibits and classes, fine dining, concerts, historic tours, corporate retreats, weddings, and tea parties. Kimball Jenkins is dedicated to historic preservation, funded in part by generous contributions from the community, and supporting our mission of enabling people to pursue activities that enrich their lives and contribute to the cultural well-being of our community.

For more information about Kimball Jenkins visit www.kimballjenkins.com or call (603)225-3932.

 

About New Hampshire’s Land and Community Heritage Investment Program

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program 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. Its legislatively mandated mission is to ensure the perpetual contribution of these resources to the economy, environment, and quality of life in New Hampshire. Prior to this year’s grant awards listed here, since its inception in 2000, the program has provided 425 grants which have helped to conserve more than 280,000 acres of land for food production, water quality, ecological values, timber management and recreation including hunting and fishing and supported 257 projects to rehabilitate historic structures and sites. Grants have been awarded in all parts of the state and in 157 of New Hampshire’s 234 communities. Forty-three million dollars of state money have led to a total project value of more than $299 million. LCHIP grants are supported by fees on four documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds in every county of the state.

For more information visit lchip.org or call (603)224-4113.

 

Contact: Althea Barton, Director of Outreach & Development, Kimball Jenkins
603-415-1627 | althea@kimballjenkins.com