[Photo by Corey Seeman]
The Washington National Cathedral won $100,000 this morning to pay for repairs to its nave vaulting. The Cathedral sustained damages during the earthquake that shook (and surprised the hell out of) D.C. in the summer of 2011. The Cathedral won the popular vote in this contest for grant money sponsored by American Express and run by Partners in Preservation. Each of the 24 participating historic places received at least $5,000 of the $1 million in available grants and one of the twelve "runners up," Mount Vernon, also received $100,000 to repaint and otherwise restore the largest dining room in Washington's old homestead. Sixth & I Synagogue, Meridian Hill Park and Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church were among the places to receive between $35,000 and $90,000 in grant money.
· American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation Award $1 Million In Grants to Restore 13 Washington, D.C. Metro Area Historic Places [Official Partners in Preservation Website]