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The Rhode Island State House Restoration Society is one of 16 winners of the 2011 Rhody Awards, given annually to individuals, groups and projects that contribute to the preservation of the state’s historic places.
The society is currently restoring dozens of portraits of past governors and lawmakers that line the walls of the Statehouse’s public rooms and corridors. The group, established by then-Gov. Bruce G. Sundlun in 1992, has already provided funds to restore 26 paintings.
The society on Oct. 14 will receive the Stewardship Award from Preserve Rhode Island and the R.I. Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission.
Other winners include:
• Cecilia A. St. Jean of West Warwick, for her efforts in interpreting and preserving local history at the Pawtuxet Valley Preservation and Historical Society.
• Patrick M. Malone of Barrington, in recognition of his work as scholar, teacher, curator, author, activist, and pioneer in the field of industrial archaeology.
• Developers Marilyn H. Winoker and James R. Winoker of Cranston, for their investments and rehabilitations of historic commercial, office, and residential properties in greater Providence.
• Barrington Preservation Society, for engaging, interpretive signs that present Barrington history to bike-path users each year.
• M. Adele Anthony, for her transformation of the Peter Greene House in Warwick.
• Tom Silvia and Shannon Chandley, for their restoration of Wickford House in North Kingstown.
• The Steel Yard, for its project that preserves Providence Steel & Iron’s outdoor workspace as a recycled, industrial-arts campus environment.
• AS220, for the rehabilitation of Providence’s Mercantile Block.
• Louis Yip, for completing the rehabilitation of the Pawtucket Hair Cloth Mill in Central Falls.
• Everett Amaral and his innovative conversion of the Rhode Island Tool complex in Providence into office space.
• Burrillville, which invested in community housing and recreation by rehabbing the Stillwater Mill.
• New Shoreham, for an environmentally sensitive restoration of North Light.
• St. Thomas More Parish, for their efforts to restore their historic 1910 church in Narragansett.
• The Preservation Society of Newport County, for the six-year effort to renovate the exterior of the National Historic Landmark Château-sur-Mer.
• The Pettaquamscutt Historical Society, for its project to restore South Kingstown’s Hale House as a museum and cultural center. •