May 13, 2013

2013 Partners in Preservation Grant Winners Announced

  • By: Sarah Heffern
The Washington National Cathedral. Photo courtesy Craig W. Stapert.
The Washington National Cathedral

After three weeks of online voting -- and massive numbers of tweets, Instagram photos, and Foursquare check-ins -- we, along with our partner, American Express, are happy to announce that the Washington National Cathedral received the most points in the 2013 Partners in Preservation competition. As the winner of the popular vote, the Cathedral will receive its full grant request of $100,000 towards restoring two bays of the vaulted ceiling inside the nave, which were damaged in 2011's earthquake.

In addition to the grand prize, three sites -- LAMB at Military Road School, Brightwood, D.C.; Arlington House, Arlington, Va.; and Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, Anacostia, D.C. -- won $20,000 each for being top peformers on Twitter, Instagram, and Foursquare, respectively.

One of Living Classrooms' Chesapeake Bay working boats.  Photo courtesy Stephanie Blades.
One of Living Classrooms' Chesapeake Bay working boats

The remainder of the $1 million in preservation grants was distributed to a dozen of the participants from the greater Washington, D.C. area:

  • All Souls Church Unitarian, Adams Morgan, D.C.: $50,000 to repair the historic bell tower, including clock, stonework, and windows.
  • Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site, Shaw, D.C.: $75,000 to rebuild front and rear facade in order to stabilize home for public access.
  • Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, Va.: $75,000 to bring the 18th-century grain elevator into working order.
  • Congressional Cemetery, Barney Circle, D.C.: $50,000 to replace and reconstruct a row of 26 mausoleum vault roofs.
  • Dumbarton Oaks Park, Georgetown, D.C.: $50,000 repair garden’s original built structures, including viewing platform, stone houses, and retaining wall.
  • The GALA Hispanic Theatre at The Tivoli, Columbia Heights, D.C.: $35,000 to restore three ornate interior domes.
  • Greenbelt Theatre, Greenbelt, Md.: $75,000 to renovate Art Deco lobby.
  • LAMB at Military Road School, Brightwood, D.C.: $60,000 to repair exterior of school building, including columns and cupola.
  • Meridian Hill Park, Columbia Heights, D.C.: $50,000 to stabilize and repair exposed aggregate concrete grotto.
  • Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, Scott Circle, D.C.: $90,000 to restore stained glass windows on church’s primary facade.
  • Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Va.: $100,000 to paint, plaster, and restore Washington’s Large Dining Room.
  • Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, Mount Vernon Square, D.C.: $75,000 to repair and preserve a dozen of the Synagogue’s stained glass windows.

In addition, the remaining historic places that participated in Partners in Preservation also each received $5,000.

Congratulations to all the participating historic sites!

Sarah Heffern is the National Trust's director of social media. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having first fallen for historic places in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class.


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