Historic New England was awarded a $5,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from its Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. This grant will fund a professional analysis to identify elements and materials used by well-known interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper at his early twentieth-century home, Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.
Recognized for his research and creation of a palette of paint colors generally found in historic homes, Henry Davis Sleeper’s interior colors at Beauport remain mostly intact, though faded or bleached due to age. As Sleeper was often influenced by historic paints, this project will assist in determining which paint colors were taken from reused materials and which were an original Sleeper color and help reveal the vibrancy of the original interior colors.
“These funds provide the foundation for important preservation projects across the nation,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “These grants go toward protecting the places that tell our story and they often trigger other preservation projects, further bolstering efforts to protect America’s heritage.”
In 1997, a generous gift from George P. Mitchell established the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors in honor of his wife. The fund provides assistance in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Once a year, Mitchell Fund grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 are awarded to non-profit groups and public agencies. Over $100,000 was awarded in 2009. Grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar with public or private funds. This grant award will assist Historic New England in meeting the match required by the prestigious National Park Service Save America’s Treasures grant awarded for extensive preservation efforts at Beauport.
For more information on the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors, visit www.PreservationNation.org/resources/find-funding-grants.
Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. It offers unique opportunities to experience the stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. For more information, visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to a national network of people, organizations, and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history, and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.