2013 Partners in Preservation Grant Winners Announced

Posted on: May 13th, 2013 by Sarah Heffern 8 Comments

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!

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Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern

Sarah Heffern is the social media strategist for the National Trust’s Public Affairs team. While she embraces all things online and pixel-centric, she’s also a hard-core building hugger, having fallen for preservation in a fifth grade “Built Environment” class. Follow her on Twitter at @smheffern.

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8 Responses

  1. jennifer walden

    May 13, 2013

    So exciting! Congrats to all! Proud to be a partner in preservation!!

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  3. Sherri

    May 13, 2013

    Shucks — Maryland only had 1 winner? It seems that its always DC that wins these things. Very sad day.

  4. Daviddavid

    May 13, 2013

    DUH , Did I miss something? With All the beautiful architecture in America in need of restoration for lack of dollars , why are monies being given to churches that generate income and don’t pay any taxes?

  5. Sally Canzoneri

    May 13, 2013

    I’ve lived near National Cathedral for years, and can assure you that it doesn’t generate enough income to pay its normal operating expenses, let alone pay for the serious damage from the earthquake. Though the cathedral doesn’t make money, it is a major tourist attraction so it brings business to DC, and income to our local government. For a number reasons, the district does not have an adequate tax base, so this income is important.

    Moreover, the cathedral, for its architecture alone, is a building of national significance. The only other gothic style cathedrals in the US are St Patricks, and St Johns in New York City. St Johns was not originally designed in gothic style; St Patricks does not have flying buttresses. National Cathedral was specifically designed and constructed in the style of 14th century gothic architecture. It has gorgeous stain glass windows, lovely artworks , and is the final resting place of a number of famous Americans, including Woodrow Wilson & Helen Keller.

    Many Americans will never be able to go to Europe and visit gothic cathedrals, but they may come to DC. The fact that visiting National Cathedral is pretty much the only way many Americans can see a gothic cathedral that is in a class with the famous European cathedrals explains why it has about 400,000 visitors each year.

    The cathedral is also historic for its music. It has a Skinner organ, and a full peal of bells, which means that it’s one of few places where one can hear change ringing. The cathedral also has an outstanding coral program, including a boys choir.

    Numerous performances, as well as national ceremonies take place at the cathedral. The state funeral for Ronald Reagan took place there, as did a special service after Hurricane Katrina. The inaugural prayer service is typically held at the cathedral.

    Even the cathedral’s lovely grounds are historic, as the cathedral keep includes a wooded area that was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted.

    I, of course, am not entirely unbiased; my little dog loves to be walked in the cathedral grounds. And when we took her to the Blessing of the Animals last fall, her picture was on TV and the Web. Nonetheless, I think there is a strong argument for this grant going to the cathedral.

    I hope you’ll be able to visit Washington soon, and see this national treasure for yourself.

  6. Kathi

    May 17, 2013

    I personally was very disappointed to see how little the popular vote seemed to matter in this contest. So much emphasis was placed on “vote every day”, but a good deal of the big dollar winners came from the bottom tier of collected points.

    It also seemed very lopsided that the two “giants” (National Cathedral and Mt. Vernon) with access to large constituencies and donor bases were competing against these tiny historic sites (like the general store). If AmEx wanted to give money to the Cathedral and Mt. Vernon, they should have just quietly written out checks and given them to the sites, rather that stringing along the little guys, making them think they might get something out of this for their time and efforts.

  7. shirley

    May 17, 2013

    doubling the top prize because the votes were close and “randomly” distributing grants makes voting sure seem pointless.

  8. Carol

    May 17, 2013

    What an inane game you play. The deck is already stacked, and yet you sucker in new players as if they have a legitimate shot at winning.

    Did you also vote for the Obama Regime?

    You suck.