Three weeks after the victors were declared in the online popularity contest put on by Partners in Preservation, many of the runners-up are also coming up big winners as the organization distributes an additional $2.1 million in funds to 16 sites to finance their preservation projects. The four top vote-getters during the contest—the Main Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (front doors), Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope (stained glass windows), the NY Botanical Garden in the Bronx (rock garden), and the Bartow-Pell Mansion (gardens)—received a total of $905,000 as a reward for all their supporters' online clicking. Now an advisory committee gave out another wave of funds to 16 other sites from the 40-candidate field that it deemed most worthy of support, according to the Observer.
The Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn will receive $200,000 to restore a Tiffany window in its transept, and the NY Tenement Museum is getting $170,000 to preserve its derelict-on-purpose museum rooms. What about the 20 competing sites who weren't chosen as part of this second round of largesse? They all received $10K parting gifts, so no one is going home empty handed.
· 16 New York Historic Sites Awarded Preservation Grants [PartnersinPreservation]
· Winners, Winners, Everywhere: Historic Preservation Program Has Cash to Spare [NYO]
· Victors Emerge From the Preservation Deathmatch [Curbed]
· Pros & Cons of a Preservation Contest [Curbed]