THE VOTES ARE IN AND THE WINNER IS…
THE PARAGON CAROUSEL!
Thank you for taking the time to vote in our Greater Boston Partners in Preservation program. For those of you who haven’t had a chance to check the website yet, the popular vote goes to the Carousel, which will receive its full grant request of $100,000 to restore its doors and windows, recreating a fitting home for this seaside gem.
Don’t despair if your favorite project didn’t come in first, there is still a chance that your favorite project will be awarded a grant. In the second part of our effort to give away $1 million, our Advisory Committee will be making recommendations on the rest of the grant awards. Stay tuned for our June 16th announcement of all the additional grants.
But there are NO losers among our 25 participants in the Greater Boston Partners in Preservation program. Because YOU voted by the thousands, we were able to generate significant publicity for ALL 25 participants. That publicity has alerted hundreds of thousands of people to the plight of each and every one of these unique sites as well as how the community would benefit from saving them.
Time after time we have learned that once people realize what they can do to help save the special places that represent our shared heritage, they step up to be part of the solution.
So pat yourself on the back — your votes are helping not only to give away $1 million in Partners in Preservation grants, they have also helped galvanize local communities to finish the job started by the program!
The National Trust for Historic Preservation and our Northeast Office, located in historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace, is proud to work with American Express to bring preservation grants to the Greater Boston area. For more than 30 years, the National Trust’s presence in Boston has allowed us to help the people of the Northeast protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. In recent years we have:
- Worked with our Statewide Partner Preservation Massachusetts and other local advocates to identify a preservation-based approach to the adaptive re-use of the historic Ames Shovel Shop complex. The complex contains buildings, landscapes, sculpture, and stained glass by several renowned architects and artists and we will continue to push for re-use of this historic site.
- Rescued famed architect H.H. Richardson’s home and studio in Brookline, Massachusetts. In 2007, we responded to threats of demolition by including the 19th-century home on our 11 Most Endangered Historic Places list. Placement on the list generated national pressure to preserve the house, which resulted in a purchase by a preservation-minded buyer who is renovating it as a home for his family.
- Worked with then City Councilor Thomas Menino in 1983 to bring our successful National Trust Main Street Four-Point Approach to Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood. By its third year, the program had accomplished 73 facade changes and 43 commercial building renovations. When Menino became Mayor in 1995, we expanded the operation to create the Boston Main Streets program which now includes 19 neighborhood commercial districts.
- Shone a spotlight on several of the region’s sustainable historic rehabilitations, proving that the greenest building is one already built. Boston-area examples include Trinity Church, the J.W. McCormack Federal Courthouse, and the Cambridge City Hall Annex.
THANK YOU for helping protect and enhance all the sites
in the Greater Boston Partners in Preservation Program.