Grantee on the Fast Track
Only last year, The L’Enfant Trust began its historic properties redevelopment program (HPRP) or revolving fund with a $50,000 grant from The 1772 Foundation. Holder of more historic conservation easements than any other preservation organization in the country, an HPRP was a new approach to saving endangered properties for L’Enfant. On July 23rd, a little more than a year after receiving the seed money, the organization held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour at the first house to undergo rehabilitation through this initiative (see photos below).
More than 50 people attended the event in the Anacostia Historic District of Washington, DC, including Mary Adams Anthony, representing The 1772 Foundation, and Melissa Jest, representing the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Local press coverage was extensive, with an article appearing in the Washington Post and an interview with The L’Enfant Trust President Carol Goldman airing on WTOP 103.5 FM. Ms. Anthony commented enthusiastically, “The L’Enfant Trust impresses with its ability to mobilize community stakeholders and recruit so many sponsors as it establishes the first HPRP in Washington, DC.”
A second Anacostia neighborhood house also is being restored and it too will be finished by the end of the summer. Proceeds from the sales of these properties, which are protected in perpetuity with easements, will be dedicated to the HPRP and used to acquire, preserve and rehabilitate other buildings.
The L’Enfant Trust’s HPRP received additional support from The 1772 Foundation this spring, when it was awarded a grant of $100,000.