Historic New England awarded prestigious Save America’s Treasures grant

On December 13, 2007, Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry and Congressman John Tierney jointly announced that Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, in Gloucester, Mass., was awarded a $500,000 Save America’s Treasures grant from the National Park Service. This award, which must be matched 100 percent with local private donations, will fund critical preservation work to mitigate moisture-related deterioration at the eclectic showpiece of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper.

Preservation work will restore the structural integrity of the foundation and supporting walls, secure the exterior envelope, and conserve and rehabilitate the windows, thereby preventing future moisture penetration and precluding damage to the historic fabric and collections. The visitor experience will be greatly enhanced as these efforts will facilitate ongoing conservation of the expansive collection. Visitors and residents will continue to appreciate the unique contribution that Sleeper made to American material culture through his architecture and interior design.

Of the 340 applicants to the highly competitive Save America’s Treasures program, the grant to Beauport was one of only thirty-one awarded nationwide, and one of only four to receive funding at the highest level of $500,000.

If you would like to make a matching contribution to the Save America’s Treasures grant, please contact Development@HistoricNewEngland.org or call 617-227-3957, ext. 247.

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