2013 Connecticut Preservation Awards Ceremony
On Thursday, April 4th, The 1772 Foundation received the 2013 Harlan H. Griswold Award for Historic Preservation from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office at the Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation. The awards ceremony took place in the Hall of Flags at the State Capitol in Hartford. B. Danforth Ely, President, G. Stanton Geary, Vice President, and Mary Anthony, Executive Director, accepted the award. Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Kip Bergstrom made the presentation.
Mr. Bergstrom noted that The 1772 Foundation, more than any other private funder, had demonstrated a commitment to investing in historic properties in Connecticut, granting them more than $1,200,000 since 1997. Historical societies, museums, and other nonprofit stewards of significant sites in every part of the state have been able to better care for their historic treasures thanks to the Foundation.
The Foundation was praised for its recognition of the crucial importance of regular maintenance and maintenance planning by providing matching grants for exterior painting; fire detection and/or security systems; roof, porch, and window restoration; sill and foundation repair/replacement; and chimney repointing. Mr. Bergstrom also described the Foundation’s other granting interests, including historic preservation redevelopment and revolving funds and farmland acquisition.