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NPS Issues Several Historic Preservation Grants

Friday, September 3, 2021

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On Monday (Aug. 30), the U.S. National Park Service announced that it would be awarding $7.27 million in Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country.

The grants were awarded to 11 recipients in 10 different states.

About the Grant Program

A relatively new Historic Preservation Fund grant program, the Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants were created in 2018 to support subgrant programs that enable the rehabilitation of historic properties and rehabilitate, protect and foster economic development of rural communities.

The following year, the program was renamed to honor the legacy of long-time Vermont preservationist Paul Bruhn. The program was formerly named the Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program.

The NSP reports that the preservation projects for historic sites include architectural and engineering services and physical building preservation through subgrants to communities determined rural by the U.S. Bureau of the Census.

U.S. National Park Service

On Monday (Aug. 30), the U.S. National Park Service announced that it would be awarding $7.27 million in Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants to support the preservation of historic buildings in rural communities across the country.

In order to be eligible for a grant, the property must be listed in the National Register of Historic Places or determined eligible for listing at the National, State, or local level of significance and located within rural (non-urban) communities with populations less than 50,000. States, Tribes, Certified Local Governments, and non-profits will apply for funding that will in turn be subgranted to rural communities in their jurisdictions.

For this year’s available funding, applicants were asked to submit applications by May 12 on The available funding was provided by revenue generate from Outer Continental Shelf oil lease revenue—not tax dollars.

2021 Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants

For the program’s third year, the NPS has announced $7.27 million in grant funding to 11 recipients. The awarded projects are slated to support the rehabilitation of historic properties in rural areas, including programs in local communities led by the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation in West Virginia; The City of Jefferson, Missouri; and DeFuniak Springs Landmarks Inc. in Florida.

“This National Park Service program not only supports historic preservation, but also fosters economic development in rural communities,” said NPS Deputy Director Shawn Benge. “By funding the rehabilitation of historic properties, rural areas across the country will be improved and strengthened.”

The awarded projects, grantees and award amounts are as follows:

  • Revitalization of Historic Houses on the Campus of the Florida Chautauqua (DeFuniak Springs Landmarks Inc.): $217,000;
  • Revitalization of Commercial Structures in Louisiana's Main Street Districts (Louisiana Office of Cultural Development): $749,000;
  • REvitalizeME Gen2 (Maine Development Foundation): $750,000;
  • Resilient Lakeshore Heritage Subgrant Program  (Michigan Strategic Fund): $750,000;
  • Revitalization Grant Program - Downtown Jefferson City (City of Jefferson): $675,000;
  • Appalachian Region Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (Ohio Historical Society): $750,000;
  • Texas Rural African-American Heritage Grants Program (Preservation Texas): $750,000;
  • Utah Rural Main Street Revitalization Program (Utah State Historic Preservation Office): $675,000;
  • The Paul Bruhn Village Revitalization Grant Program (The Preservation Trust of Vermont): $659,000;
  • Wheeling Historic Revitalization Subgrant Program (Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation): $750,000; and
  • Saving Historical Places Subgrant Program (Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, Inc.): $550,000.

Historic Preservation Elsewhere

Earlier this year, building software firm Autodesk recently confirmed in a press release that it would be helping Notre Dame Cathedral officials by contributing design and construction solutions to the rebuilding efforts, including BIM support and technical expertise.

According to the company, this partnership allows the conservation and restoration of the cathedral to enable cloud collaboration among stakeholders, making a common data environmental that will be the central point for project information.

In addition to the collaborative support, data created using reality capture technologies prior to the fire allowed Autodesk to create a 3D BIM model of the Notre Dame Cathedral as it existed before the catastrophic 2019 fire. Autodesk has now used recent scans to create 3D models post-fire for comparison.

Repair, renovation and preservation efforts have been ongoing since the Cathedral had caught fire in April 2019, which destroyed the more than 850-year-old spire and nearly two-thirds of the roof.

President Emmanuel Macron has specified that he wants the monument to be rebuilt in time for the 2024 Summer Olympics, slated to be held in Paris. To aid this goal, digital 3D scans taken by the late Andrew Tallon of New York’s Vassar College in 2015 are believed to provide the necessary information for fast-track construction.

In Italy, officials announced that the bowels (where gladiators and animals waited before combat) of Rome’s Colosseum had opened to the public.

The opening followed an extensive renovation to the hypogea, with an unveiling ceremony held in late-June, revealing the latest installation of 525 feet of wooden walkways throughout the underground structure.

The latest renovation now makes the area accessible to tourists and other visitors for the first time in the Colosseum’s nearly 2,000-year history.


Tagged categories: Awards and honors; Government; Government contracts; Grants; Historic Preservation; Maintenance + Renovation; NA; National Park Service; National Park Service; North America; Project Management; Projects - Commercial; Renovation; Upcoming projects

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