2010-10-28 / News

Beavertail lighthouse receives 2010 Rhody Award

Richard Sullivan, on left, and Varoujan Karentz, receive the 2010 Rhody Award. Richard Sullivan, on left, and Varoujan Karentz, receive the 2010 Rhody Award. At an Oct. 21 ceremony, hosted by Preserve Rhode Island and The Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission (RIHPHC), Jamestown’s Beavertail Lighthouse Museum Association (BLMA) was awarded recognition as a volunteer organization completing a major restoration project.

In the newly reconstructed Casino Theater at Newport’s Tennis Hall of Fame, “Rhody Project Awards” were presented to four recipients. A separate “Artisan” award was presented to Keith Lescarbeau the contractor who performed the work at Beavertail.

The award to BLMA was presented to BLMA past president Richard Sullivan and vice president Varoujan Karentz.

The BLMA was cited for developing a preservation plan for the 154-year old light station buildings, assuming significant financial and administrative responsibilities by securing funding and engaging a professional contracting firm to carry out meticulous restoration of the lighthouse tower and the two keeper dwellings.

The project entailed 10 months of effort, where cast iron catwalks and railings, hardware and fasteners, deck plates and deteriorated metal elements were repaired or replaced. External woodwork was repaired, brick masonry secured and special formulated lime mortar formulated to match the original coating applied to the tower and buildings.

The total project budget was more than $327,000, coming from funding provided by the Champlin Foundation, RIHPHC and contributions from private sources. The BLMA plans to continue restoration of the other buildings and begin internal repairs next year. Restoration of the 100-year- old “oil storage building” was undertaken this year and is near completion. A 100 percent volunteer group is performing the work.

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