12.10.08

Burr Praises Historic Preservation Grant to Cupola House in Edenton

U.S. Senator Richard Burr praised the announcement that the Cupola House in Edenton, North Carolina, has been awarded a $115,000 Save America's Treasures grant on behalf of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH) and the National Park Service (NPS) in collaboration with the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Science (IMLS). The purpose of Save America's Treasures grants is to preserve sites of cultural and historic significance associated with ideas, events, and individuals that shaped our national history.

"I am very pleased to congratulate the Cupola House for being awarded these funds," Burr said. "This is a highly competitive grant, and the Cupola House should be proud of the work they did to secure these funds. This money will help preserve a location that has historic and cultural importance, to North Carolina and the entire United States."

Built in 1758 and overlooking the bay at 408 South Broad Street in Edenton, the Cupola House is a National Historic Landmark. It is known for its historic and architectural importance, and is considered the finest example of Jacobean design in the South. Funds secured through the Save America's Treasures grant will be used to help repair the roof, brick chimneys, fireboxes, and foundation.

The grant received by the Cupola House represents one of 31 grants chosen from 340 applicants. Since 1999, 454 competitive grants have been given out through the Save America's Treasures program to preserve historically important buildings, art, structures, artifacts, and historic places.