Updated 05/22/2012 12:48 PM
City's Top Voted Historic Sites Win Preservation Grants
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Four of the city's historic sites are the winners of an online competition to score restoration grants of up to $250,000.
The Brooklyn Public Library, Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, the Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx and the New York Botanical Garden were all named winners of the Partners in Preservation Grant, a partnership between American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
For three weeks, voters went online to choose the historic places they felt were most important to them.
It's the first ever citywide preservation effort powered by social media.
With up to $3 million in funding offered, organizers say there's still a chance other sites could see some of the grant money.
"There's about a million dollars that's going to be distributed to the four sites that were the top vote getters and now there's another two million dollars that will be distributed by a local advisory committee. So they'll meet on June 12th to make their decisions," said American Express Foundation President Tim McClimon.
"I think it really shows the diversity of New York City and the love people have for the architectural treasures in their own back yards," said Seri Worden of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The Brooklyn Public library, which placed first, will use the money to restore the main entrance doors at its central library while Park Slope's Congregation Beth Elohim, which came in second, will apply the funds to a stained glass window restoration.
The New York Botanical Garden, which came in third, will use the money to improve its Rock Garden.
Fourth-place Bartow-Pell Mansion in the Bronx was awarded $155,000 to restore areas within the museum’s gardens.
An advisory board made up of preservationists, community and business leaders will meet on June 12 to decide which other projects receive the remaining $2 million.
Winners will be announced the next day.