Isaacson announces $237,000 in preservation state grants

HARRISBURG, June 6 – Four projects to repair and restore historic sites in the 175th Legislative District were awarded a combined $237,286 in Keystone Historic Preservation grants, announced state Rep. Mary Isaacson.

“The district is home to many historical buildings that are desperately in need of repair. They create a unique ambience to those who live here and provide cultural and historical significance to both residents and visitors alike,” Isaacson said. “These grants will help preserve these important landmarks and their stories for generations to come.”

The Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks was awarded $90,000 to replace the roof on the Powel House and restore other portions of the historic facility.

"As an 88-year-old nonprofit stewarding four historic house museums, PhilaLandmarks is incredibly grateful to receive the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant funded by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania for our Powel House Restoration Project,” said Kayla Anthony, executive director. “The assistance received from this grant is integral to the completion of our project and will ensure that the Powel House, the last great Old City Mansion that Washington frequented, remains a cultural asset of the Philadelphia region and an innovative window into the varying historical interpretations of our past.”

Additional grant recipients are:

  • $44,200 – American Philosophical Society to rehabilitate the existing windows to ensure the long-term integrity of Philosophical Hall, which is the society’s headquarters and was built in1789.
  • $37,911 – Independence Seaport Museum to continue critical repairs to the hull of the National Historic Landmark Cruiser Olympia.
  • $65,175 – Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation to help make repairs to the Gloria Dei Church, Parish Hall, and Sexton’s House, all damaged by weather and deferred maintenance.

“The Historic Gloria Dei Preservation Corporation is beyond thrilled to receive a Keystone Grant for the preservation of three buildings on our historic property. It will help us repair and paint the church steeple and woodwork, as well as the interior. The grant will also allow us to repair and paint two other buildings on the campus that are in frequent use by the community,” said Candice Roberts, board chairperson. “We are greatly appreciative to Representative Mary Isaacson for her assistance with helping us win this grant and her commitment to historic preservation in our community. When a community can experience its long history, it makes us feel less afraid of the future.”

Statewide, 57 grants totaling $2.5 million were awarded through the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission’s Keystone Historic Preservation Grant program.

The program provides funding to support projects that identify, preserve, promote, and protect historic and archaeological resources in Pennsylvania for the benefit of the public and the revitalization of communities. Funding also supports municipal planning initiatives that focus on historic resources or may be used to meet building or community-specific planning goals. The program also supports construction activities at resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places.

All grants require a 50 percent cash match and were awarded through a competitive selection process.

The grants receive funds from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund which is supported annually from a portion of the state realty tax revenue.