Washington, DC Grants

A. Phimister Proctor Museum

Grant Term: 2005

Grant Amount: $1,000

Grant Objectives: Restoration of Q Street Bridge Buffaloes

Grant to A. Phimister Proctor Museum


Sculpted in 1914 by Alexander Phimister Proctor, the Dumbarton “Q Street” Bridge and four bronze buffalo had deteriorated due to the harmful effects of weather and acid rain. Treatment of the bridge included pressure washing and a crushed walnut shell cleaning used as an air-driven abrasive, followed by two applications of hot wax protective coating, which brought the sculptures back to their original appearance.

DC Preservation League

Grant Term: 2007

Grant Amount: $7,500

Grant Objectives: Landmark Fires Fund

Grant to DC Preservation League


On April 30, 2007, fire ravaged two of the District’s significant historic resources, the Georgetown Neighborhood Library and Eastern Market, located in the historic Capitol Hill neighborhood. Eastern Market, built in 1873 is the last surviving market from a public chain operated by the District. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. The fire destroyed much of the South Hall, which housed food stalls and lunch counters. The Georgetown Neighborhood Library was built in 1935 and is known for its local history collection. The library is a contributing resource to the Georgetown Historic District, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1967. The fire destroyed much of the roof of the Georgian Revival building, along with some of its structural members and the Children’s reading room. The DC Preservation League established a fund “to assist with the planning costs associated with preservation efforts at these historic landmarks.” Work on Eastern Market has since been completed, while work on the Georgetown Neighborhood Library is ongoing.

Island Press

Grant Term: 2007, 2008, 2009

Grant Amount: $300,000

Grant Objectives: Lecture/Publishing Partnership

Grant to Island Press


Island Press is a publishing company whose focus is books having to do with environmental information and solutions. Each year, the group publishes 40 books on topics that include conservation biology, marine science, land conservation, green building, sustainable agriculture, climate change and ecological restoration. By donating to Island Press, the Trust helped to support the promotion of books and publications that advance the synergies of historic preservation, and environmental conservation and protection. The grant also encouraged exploration of the challenges, and the possible solutions to those challenges, of the continued use or adaptive reuse of historic structures using the best available technology to achieve environmental goals. In the spring of 2009, the Trust partnered with Island Press as part of the grant agreement to host a total of seven lectures on the importance of historic preservation and green building.

National Building Museum

Grant Term: 2005

Grant Amount: $30,000

Grant Objectives: Cityscapes Revealed Exhibition

Grant to National Building Museum


Begun in 2005, Cityscapes Revealed was exhibit of objects from the Museums permanent collection. The exhibition focused on elements that relate to quintessentially American, 20th Century building types, from Beaux-Arts styled mansion, to main street storefronts, to sleek downtown skyscrapers. The exhibit lasted for approximately two years, which allowed the rotation in and out of objects in the collection.