The late Ohio Rep. Frances Payne Bolton, who saved the view from Mt. Vernon from being blighted by a proposed sewage disposal plant, has been honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The award was announced yesterday at the annual Decatur House luncheon of the National Trust fo Historic Preservation. Bolton died last month at 91 at her home in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
In 1955, Bolton, a regent of the Mt. Vernon Ladies Association, learned that a developer planned to buy 750 acres on the Maryland shore of the Potomac to use as a site for a sewage disposal plant and an oil tank farm. She bought the land and in 1957 organized the Accokeek Foundation to preserve the Potomac waterfront.
Today, Mt. Vernon and the surrounding area remain almost as they were in George Washington's day and encompass one of the largest historical areas to be so preserved.
Other awards announced yesterday went to:
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts building in Philadelphia, a high Victorian building designed by Frank Furness in April, 1876, for a $5 million restoration project.
The Mark Twain Memorial in Hartford, Conn, for the 20-year restoration of the Twain house.
Franklin Savings Association of Austin, Tex, for rescuing the 100-year old Walter tipps House for use as a savings bank, the second historic house it has used as a branch bank.
The Bath (Maine) Marine Museum, Chamber of Commerce, Sagadahoc Preservation Inc. and City Council for preserving ship-building sites, the downtown trade district and ecclesiastical landmarks.
kahuki Sugar Mill, on Oahu, Hawaii, for its restoration of the 1890 sugar mill, which documents the history of the industry.
The Georgetown (Colo.) Society for it s preservation of the silver boomtown and sponsorship of a preservation ordinance, the first in the state.
German Village Society of Columbus, Ohio, and its founder, Frank Fetch, for restoring a 233-acre historic district with 1,800 structures. The work has provide jobs, increased real estate taxes and made atourist attraction in Columbus's once-shabby southside.