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The Washington National Cathedral is getting $100,000 from American Express.
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The Washington National Cathedral is getting $100,000 from American Express.

The people have spoken, and the Washington National Cathedral is walking away with a $100,000 historic preservation grant from American Express.

Partners in Preservation, a joint project launched in 1996 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the credit card company, announced today that the cathedral attracted more votes than any of its 23 regional competitors in the fight for $1 million worth of historic preservation grants.

With the money, the cathedral will be able to continue repairs from damage caused by the August 2011 earthquake that shook the area. To date, the cathedral has raised $9 million towards the repairs, which are expected to cost more than $20 million.

The other historic sites that took part in the competition—in which sites fought for votes from the public—won't be walking away empty-handed, though.

Mt. Vernon will also get $100,000 to repair Washington's Large Dining Room, All Souls Unitarian Church in Adams Morgan will get $50,000 to repair its historic bell tower, the Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site in Shaw will get $75,000 to rebuild its front and rear façade and the Greenbelt Theatre will get $75,000 to renovate its Art Deco lobby. (The full list is here.) Other sites will receive $5,000 for participating.

Since its inception, the contest has awarded $9 million worth of grants to historic sites in seven cities—San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, Boston, Seattle, St. Paul/Minneapolis, and New York.

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