We are so pleased to announce Victoria Mansion recently received a $132,050 matching grant from the Department of Interior, National Park Service (NPS) through the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) grant program to finance in part the conservation of the original decoration of the Parlor. This funding will allow conservators to remove over 150 years of soot, grime, and overpaint, stabilize and conserve original finishes and loose elements, and conserve the original Iliad-inspired ceiling canvases that have been off-view for years due to deterioration to reveal the original 1860’s aesthetic of the room for over 30,000 annual international visitors, scholars, AND members like you!
Many may be aware that this award is the second major grant allotted to the Mansion since 2016 when it received an award from IMLS to conserve its Reception Suite. “The dazzling results of our recent conservation of the paint decorated walls of the Mansion’s Reception Suite have placed us in a position to undertake similar work in the Parlor, one of the largest of the ornately decorated rooms at Victoria Mansion… We are very proud of the recognition this award confers upon us, and the conservation work it will allow us to undertake,” states VM Executive Director Tom Johnson. Some may remember this is also Victoria Mansion’s second SAT grant after receiving funding for a major project to restore the Mansion’s tower in 2004.
The Mansion is one of 16 institutions in 12 states to receive funding from the SAT program, which allotted a total of $4.8 million in the 2018 grant cycle through NPS in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment of the Humanities, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
We hope you will visit soon to see this remarkable progress!
About the Save America’s Treasures Grant
The Save America’s Treasures program helps to preserve our nation’s most significant and endangered cultural and historic treasures, which illustrate, interpret, and embody the great events, ideas, and individuals that contribute to America’s history and culture. Collectively, Save America’s Treasure projects tell our nation’s story and ensure that this priceless legacy is passed on to future generations. Save America’s Treasures is a public-private partnership administered by the National Park Service and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services and SAT’s private partner, Save America’s Treasures at the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
The preservation of Victoria Mansion has been financed in part with Federal funds from the Save America’s Treasures program, administered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. However, the contents and opinions contained herein do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, nor does the mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation by the Department of the Interior.
This program received Federal financial assistance for the identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally funded assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated again in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office of Equal Opportunity National Park Service 1849 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20240.
For questions regarding the SAT program, or to comment on this or any other proposed SAT project, please contact Hampton Tucker, Chief, Historic Preservation Grants, NPS at 202.354.2067.
Funded in part by the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) program and its public-private partners—the National Park Service (NPS), the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and SAT’s private partner, Save America’s Treasures at National Trust for Historic Preservation.