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Cathedral, Mount Vernon, Woodson House, other local sites net preservation grants

The Washington National Cathedral and Mount Vernon were each awarded $100,000 in an on-line preservation contest sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, the two organizations announced Monday.

All Souls Church Unitarian, the Carter G. Woodson National Historic Site and Congressional Cemetery, all in Washington, also received awards, of $50,000, $75,000 and $50,000, respectively, for preservation programs.

Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church, on Scott Circle, in Washington, was granted $90,000. Meridian Hill Park, in Columbia Heights netted $50,000. And the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue, on Mount Vernon Square,was granted $75,000.

Other sites in Maryland and Virginia received awards of between $5,000 and $35,000 as part of the Partners in Preservation program in which online voters cast ballots for their favorite among 24 historic sites around the area in need of preservation.

The voting helped the program divvy up $1 million in preservation money. The cathedral, which was heavily damaged in the 2011 earthquake, got the most votes.

Mount Vernon wants the funds to repair a large dining room. All Souls wants to fix a historic bell tower. The Woodson site, home of the famous black educator, needs to stabilize front and rear walls that are in danger of collapse.

Congressional Cemetery has 26 mausoleum vault roofs that have to be rebuilt. Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church and the Eighth and I Synagogue applied for funds to repair a stained-glass windows.

And Meridian Hill Park sought money to fix a concrete grotto.

Mike is a general assignment reporter who also covers Washington institutions and historical topics.

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