BEVERLY, MA —The Beverly Powder House, which stored gun powder for soldiers fighting in the War of 1812, has been fully restored.
The city recently the project that was four years in the planning with five months of exterior and interior work on the historical structure that was in a state of disrepair.
“This project was made a reality because of a dedicated member of the community who saw the importance of protecting a unique piece of Beverly’s history, and because of partnerships with local, state and regional organizations,” said Assistant Planning Director Emily Hutchings. “We are excited to see the Beverly Powder House restoration reach completion, and look forward to continuing to share its story with the community.”
The Powder House was built in 1809 in response to an ordinance that prohibited residents from keeping more than 25 pounds of gunpowder. There was a realization that the previous powder house was located too close to residences and town center.
The structure, which was used in the War of 1812, is the only octagonal powder house extant in New England, with brick walls that measure four layers thick.
The city used $244,500 in grants and donation funding for the project came from the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s Preservation Projects Fund, the Beverly Community Preservation Committee, Beverly Crossing and the Essex National Heritage Foundation.
A preservation restriction has been placed on the powder house, ensuring the property is protected in perpetuity.
“We are grateful for the support of this project and the critical funding that was secured to complete the full restoration of Beverly’s Powder House,” Beverly Mayor Mike Cahill said. “This is the second oldest city-owned structure in the city and it was a high priority to preserve this piece of our history.
“We hope the Powder House will be used as a resource by Historic Beverly and Beverly Public Schools educators in teaching the history of Beverly.”
Beverly’s Engineering and Planning Departments worked in close collaboration to complete this historically significant project.