After a three-week voting process, Meridian Hill Park and the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site have been announced as two of the winners in the Partners in Preservation grant competition.
Washington National Cathedral was the winner of the popular vote and the recipient of $100,000. Our two local sites are two of the 12 runners-up and are receiving $50,000 and $75,000 grants, respectively.
Partners in Preservation is a partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The two have teamed up “increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places.” To that end, the partnership has committed $1 million to preservation efforts in the DMV area.
Meridian Hill Park
Meridian Hill Park was singled out for being a “nationally significant example of Neoclassicist American park design […] whose ambitious scale, intent, and historic integrity has not been matched in the United States.” Currently, Meridian Hill Park is the home to some of our favorite weekend moments and memories, whether having a picnic with friends, playing with our dogs, or just walking through this beautiful oasis in the city. The money awarded to the park will go to “stabilize and repair exposed aggregate concrete grotto.”
Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
The Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site was the original home for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). At present, the site is closed to the public but the plan for the property is to transform it into a museum of Dr. Woodson’s work — he is known as the “Father of Black History” — as well as the work of the ASALH. The money awarded the site will help “rebuild the front and rear façade in order to stabilize [the] home for public access.”
The remaining local winners include:
- All Souls Church Unitarian — Adams Morgan, DC
- Greenbelt Theatre — Greenbelt, MD
- LAMB at Military Road School — Brightwood, DC
- Colvin Run Mill — Great Falls, VA
- Congressional Cemetery — Barney Circle, DC
- Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church — Scott Circle, DC
- Dumbarton Oaks Park — Georgetown, DC
- Mount Vernon — Mount Vernon, VA
- The GALA Hispanic Theatre at The Tivoli — Columbia Heights, DC
- Sixth & I Historic Synagogue — Mount Vernon Square, DC
Help Meridian Hill Park win its share of American Express’ $1 million through its contest on the Partners In Preservation site. All the money is earmarked for DC landmarks. You can vote every day now through Friday, May 10.
How many times have you strolled through Meridian Hill Park and enjoyed the fountains and architecture or walked your dog and sat on a bench as you see people playing frisbee or just reading on the grass? Sunday afternoon in the park is a joy of drums, dancing, fun and people.
Meridian Hill Park is a vibrant and important part of our neighborhood — and it needs your help! Vote now and keep on voting every day until May 10.
“Partners in Preservation is a fun, easy way to help keep history alive and beautiful in the DC Metro area. American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have $1 million in preservation grants and they want you to tell them where it should go.”