AMERICA’S GREAT OUTDOORS: Secretary Salazar Announces $47 million in Historic Preservation Grants to States
03/07/2012Contact: Adam Fetcher, (DOI) 202-208-6416 David Barna, (NPS) 202-208-6843 Hampton Tucker, (NPS) 202- 354-2067WASHINGTON -- Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today announced $46.9 million in historic preservation grants to the 50 States, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Territories, and three affiliated Pacific island states. The grants will enable the states to preserve and protect our nation’s historic sites without expending tax dollars. “National Preservation Grants invest revenue from oil and gas development into telling the story of America by enabling the people of each state and territory the opportunity to preserve the places that are unique to their heritage,” Secretary Salazar said. “These grants leverage private investments in historic preservation activities and help spur tourism, create jobs, and build pride in communities across the nation.” The Historic Preservation Fund is supported by revenue from federal oil leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. The National Park Service administers the fund and uses the majority of appropriated funds to distribute matching grants to State and Tribal Historic Preservation Officers. “Throughout the country, historic preservation fund grants and other federal historic preservation programs help sustain and revitalize communities,” Director of the National Park Service Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “Historic preservation promotes heritage tourism and can transform under-utilized and often-vacant historic buildings into revenue-generators for local economies. The National Park Service is honored to be invited into so many communities and is proud to assist in saving and sharing history.” States officials use the grants to fund preservation projects, such as survey and inventory, National Register nominations, preservation education, architectural planning, historic structure reports, community preservation plans, and bricks-and-mortar repair to buildings. Grants and programs funded by the HPF encourage private and nonfederal investment in historic preservation efforts nationwide. Recent achievements of the HPF can be found in its annual report at http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/hpg/downloads/2011_HPF_Report.pdf For more information on the Historic Preservation Fund, please visit: http://www.nps.gov/history/hps/hpg/index.htm Amounts made available to each jurisdiction are listed below.
FISCAL YEAR 2012 HISTORIC PRESERVATION FUND APPORTIONMENT TO STATES Under Public Law 112-74
ALABAMA $822,991 MONTANA $785,522 ALASKA $1,012,985 NEBRASKA $785,932 AMERICAN SAMOA $396,261 NEVADA $746,194 ARIZONA $857,460 NEW HAMPSHIRE $620,598 ARKANSAS $753,650 NEW JERSEY $924,707 CALIFORNIA $1,494,229 NEW MEXICO $788,226 COLORADO $885,222 NEW YORK $1,361,060 CONNECTICUT $735,325 NORTH CAROLINA $926,187 DELAWARE $528,258 NORTH DAKOTA $681,157 DIST. OF COLUMBIA $525,361 CNMI $410,831 FLORIDA $1,031,826 OHIO $1,105,786 FSM $412,161 OKLAHOMA $830,447 GEORGIA $911,695 OREGON $865,309 GUAM $409,123 PALAU $238,866 HAWAII $574,945 PENNSYLVANIA $1,180,736 IDAHO $732,243 PUERTO RICO $645,071 ILLINOIS $1,143,960 RHODE ISLAND $578,929 INDIANA $916,252 SOUTH CAROLINA $760,507 IOWA $847,320 SOUTH DAKOTA $704,651 KANSAS $840,849 TENNESSEE $850,118 KENTUCKY $814,083 TEXAS $1,334,882 LOUISIANA $828,743 UTAH $772,697 MAINE $709,070 VERMONT $574,034 MARSHALLS $238,866 VIRGINIA $895,405 MARYLAND $797,793 VIRGIN ISLANDS $415,115 MASSACHUSETTS $917,262 WASHINGTON $923,154 MICHIGAN $1,113,476 WEST VIRGINIA $706,619 MINNESOTA $942,010 WISCONSIN $950,369 MISSISSIPPI $744,073 WYOMING $688,885 MISSOURI $935,314 TOTAL $46,924,800
Ornate Cornices Disappearing in Washington Heights
The lion's heads that once graced the cornice of 4195 Broadway, now in a dumpster. (Courtesy Trish Mayo) When the attention of real estate speculators diverts, sometimes old neighborhoods have time to acquire a majestic patina. The Washington Heights section of northern Manhattan has been neglected for some time, but is now getting a fair share of spillover interest from Columbia’s Manhattanville project and the university’s nearby hospital campus. In 2009, the Audubon Park Historic District was created to protect the area just behind Audubon Terrace, home to the Hispanic Society and the Academy of Arts and Letters. But just north of the district, years of landlord neglect has unwittingly preserved row after row of early 20th century apartment buildings festooned with ornate cornices. But the cornices are now in danger of disappearing.