American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award $1 Million in Grants to Restore 13 Washington, D.C.

  American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award $1
  Million in Grants to Restore 13 Washington, D.C. Metro Area Historic Places

 Washington National Cathedral Earns $100,000 Grant as Winner of Partners in

Business Wire

WASHINGTON -- May 13, 2013

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation today
announced the Washington National Cathedral as the winner of Partners in
Preservation, the region’s first-ever preservation effort powered by social
media. For earning the most points, the Washington National Cathedral will
receive its full grant request of $100,000.

Over the past three weeks, the community-wide effort enlisted the public’s
help to choose which of 24 historic buildings, icons and landmarks should
receive preservation funding. For the first time this year, Partners in
Preservation integrated voting by social channels, including Twitter,
Foursquare and Instagram. With today’s announcement, American Express and the
National Trust for Historic Preservation will infuse $1 million in funding to
preserve historic buildings throughout the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

“The D.C. Metro region has shown a true sense of community through its
spirited support of their local historic places,” said Timothy J. McClimon,
President, American Express Foundation. “We hope the Partners in Preservation
funding is just the first step in ensuring that these cultural sites are
accessible for many years to come."

“It has been inspiring to see the tremendous support local preservationists
have shown their favorite historic places in the Washington area and a
pleasure to bring this program to the Trust’s hometown,” said Stephanie Meeks,
President, National Trust for Historic Preservation. “In the months to come,
we look forward to sites undertaking preservation projects in our backyard
with Partners in Preservation grant funding and using the promotional tools
and resources they have gained from the program.”

A Partners in Preservation advisory committee comprised of Washington-area
civic and preservation leaders recommended how the remainder of the
preservation grants would be awarded.

The 12 historic places that also received preservation grants were:

  *All Souls Church Unitarian, Adams Morgan, D.C. : $50,000 to repair
    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 façade in order to stabilize home for public
  *Colvin Run Mill, Great Falls, Va.: $75,000 to bring the 18^th 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 to repair garden’s original
    built structures including viewing platform, stone houses, and retaining
  *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 for participating:

  *Abner Cloud House at the C&O Canal, Georgetown, D.C.
  *Arlington House, Arlington, Va.
  *The Athenaeum, Alexandria, Va.
  *Clara Barton’s Missing Soldiers Office, Penn Quarter, D.C.
  *Darby Store, Beallsville, Md.
  *George Mason Memorial, National Mall, D.C.
  *Heyden Observatory, Georgetown, D.C.
  *The Kennel at Aspin Hill Memorial Park, Silver Spring, Md.
  *Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region, Anacostia, D.C.
  *National Museum of Women in the Arts, Franklin Park, D.C.
  *U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial, Arlington, Va.

About Partners in Preservation

Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in
partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards
preservation grants to historic places across the country. American Express
has made grants worth more than $10 million through Partners in Preservation,
helping historic places in eight cities to date, including San Francisco,
Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, Saint Paul/Minneapolis and New York,
Washington, D.C. Metro and has engaged more than a million people.

Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic
Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of
historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic
and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from
local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities. For
more information, visit or, or follow us on Twitter at

About American Express

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to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business
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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation

TheNational Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately-funded nonprofit
organization, works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future.
Learn more atwww.PreservationNation.organd connect with us on


The Harbour Group
Audrey Chang, 202-295-8779
American Express
Ashley Tufts, 212-640-3193
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Andy Grabel, 202-588-6025
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