(Jeremy C. Fox for Boston.com)
The Paul Revere House will soon see substantial improvements to drainage and accessibility, paid for with more than half a million dollars in federal funds.
The National Park Service announced this week a $543,000 award to the Paul Revere Memorial Association to repair damage from stormwater infiltration and provide handicap accessy at the Revere House and adjacent Pierce-Hichborn House, both located in North Square.
The work is one piece of a larger expansion project that will add an education and visitor center to the Paul Revere House Historic Complex, add amenities such as public restrooms, and make the site fully accessible to those with limited mobility. Space for public programs will quadruple through the expansion.
Nina Zannieri, executive director of the Paul Revere Memorial Association, said the funds would supplement privately raised money for the project.
“When we began our capital campaign, we knew that National Park Service funds would be essential to our success,” she said in a statement released by the park service. “We have raised almost $2,000,000 from private sources and are preparing for our final construction phase. This award could not have come at a better time.”
Built around 1680, the Revere House is the oldest building in central Boston and one of few remaining from the Colonial era. It was from this house that Revere embarked on his famous midnight ride to Lexington on the night of April 18, 1775, to alert Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were coming to arrest them. Along the way, he stopped to warn colonists of the troops’ approach.
Owned and operated by the Paul Revere Memorial Association, the house has been a public historic site since 1908 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. In the park service statement, US Senator John F. Kerry lauded efforts to preserve the site.
“The Paul Revere House is an historic North End and national treasure, and this investment will keep it preserved and accessible for generations to come,” Kerry said.