The National Trust for Historic Preservation has teamed up with Main Street America to launch a campaign called “Partners in Preservation: Main Streets” that aims to provide a few lucky sites with $2 million in American Express preservation funding and Bed-Stuy’s Restoration Plaza at 1368 Fulton Street is in the running to be one of the proud recipients.
Restoration Plaza dates back to 1915 when it was built in the Renaissance Revival style and now functions as home to many businesses including a supermarket, a restaurant, and the famous Billie Holiday theater. It also serves as a vital gathering space for members of the community and aims to remain accessible to residents.
While the Partners in Preservation campaign is eager to “raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities,” says its press release, the objective is to also prep historic sites for the future to make sure they remain staples within their respective neighborhoods.
“From first dates to family dinners and shopping trips to nights on the town, America’s thriving historic main streets are where we come together and share experiences that shape our lives and communities,” said National Trust for Historic Preservation CEO Stephanie Meeks. “These historic downtowns are central to our local and national identity and should be preserved for generations to come.”
There are 25 sites across the country that are vying for the grant and the Restoration Plaza needs your help to seal the deal. From now through October 31, the public can vote up to three times a day to help make sure Bed-Stuy’s historic structure wins.
- Vote Your Main Street [Official]