Vote for Shaw: $150K in Funding to Restore Ivy & Coney's Building at Stake in National Campaign, Now through 10/31/17!
FORGING THE FUTURE IN SHAW: SHAW MAIN STREETS IS COMPETING FOR A $150,000 GRANT TO RESTORE A HISTORIC FORMER BLACKSMITH SHOP BUILDING!
Only Main Street Group in the DMV Invited to Participate in Partners in Preservation: Main Streets Campaign
Your Vote Counts: Top 10 Vote Getters out of 25 Main Streets Nationwide will Get Funding
Exciting news: From September 25, 2017 through October 31, 2017, the public is able to vote daily to support the restoration of an “Ugly Duckling” building in Washington, DC's Shaw neighborhood, built in 1881 as a blacksmith shop, as the project competes for $150,000 in funding, as part of the Partners in Preservation: Main Streets campaign, presented by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Supporters can go to http://voteyourmainstreet.org/DCMetro daily and vote five times every day during one visit to support the DMV’s only contestant in the Partners in Preservation contest. Voting is free, and registration using a valid email address is required.
Partners in Preservation is a community-based partnership, created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express, to raise awareness of the importance of preserving historic places and their role in sustaining local communities.
Detail of photo of east side of 1500 block of 7th Street, NW in 1947, showing 1537 7th Street, NW at center. Wymer Collection, Courtesy Historical Society of Washington, DC.
The two-story building in Shaw, winner of the 2016 Great American Main Street award, was built in 1881 by James Hughes as a blacksmith shop. The façade is currently covered in stucco and vinyl siding. The preservation project would remove these materials to discover what original elements are present and restore the building to its historic appearance, or build an appropriate period facade, if the existing materials are too compromised.