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.

Washington, D.C. Metro Area 2013

American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are pleased to announce that 13 historic places in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia will receive grants as part of Partners in Preservation’s $1 million commitment to preservation efforts in the area.

In addition, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are giving a $5,000 award to each of the remaining 11 Partners in Preservation historic places in recognition of their participation in the initiative and their commitment to preservation efforts.

Thank you to everyone who got involved to support Partners in Preservation and the many historic places across the Washington, D.C. Metro area.

The Winner is: Washington National Cathedral

The finest example of fourteenth-century English Gothic architecture in the US, the Cathedral has borne witness to State Funerals, national prayer services at times of celebration and mourning, and the last Sunday sermon of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a leader in convening people of every race, class, and creed, this beacon at DC’s highest point serves as a spiritual home for the nation. The Washington National Cathedral will receive a grant for $100,000 that will go toward restoring two bays of the vaulted ceiling inside the nave. Once complete, the Cathedral will be able to remove the netting that has shrouded the building’s magnificent interior since the earthquake in August 2011.

The complete list of grants awarded is available here.