$600,000 for historic preservation projects

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Christ Rock Church is found at the intersection of Md. 16 and Rock Drive in south Cambridge. These before-and-after photos from 2013 show the work completed in the first six months of the church’s restoration.

CROWNSVILLE — The Hogan administration last week announced that 10 projects were recently awarded funds by the Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) through the Historic Preservation Capital Grant Program, which assists brick-and-mortar historic preservation projects across Maryland. MHT, an agency of the Maryland Department of Planning, received more than 40 applications for projects competing for $600,000 in available grants, demonstrating strong demand for the funding across the state.

“The program encourages restoration and rehabilitation of historic properties across the state and is one more way we can preserve and protect Maryland’s history and culture,” said Governor Larry Hogan.
The Capital Grant Program provides support for physical preservation projects as well as for architectural, engineering, archeology, and consulting services needed in the development of a construction project. Acquisition of properties can also be funded. All assisted properties are either listed on or are eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Organizations may request up to $100,000 per project.

Governor Hogan restored funding for this program in 2018; the first time funding was made available in nearly a decade.
Since its inception in 1978, the Capital Grant Program has assisted hundreds of properties in every county and Baltimore City. Nonprofits, local jurisdictions, business entities, and individuals are all eligible.
MHT was formed in 1961 to assist in identifying, studying, evaluating, preserving, protecting, and interpreting the state’s significant prehistoric and historic districts, sites, structures, cultural landscapes, heritage areas, cultural objects, and artifacts, as well as less tangible human and community traditions. Through research, conservation, and education, MHT assists the people of Maryland in understanding their historical and cultural heritage.

Online applications for FY21 Capital Grant Program funding will be available in early 2021 on MHT’s website at mht.maryland.gov/grants_capital.shtml. Application deadlines and workshop dates will be announced later this year.
For more information about the Capital Grant Program, email barbara.fisher@maryland.gov.
Among the projects receiving grants are:
• Christ Rock M.E. Church (Dorchester County) ($13,000)
Grantee: The Friends of Stanley Institute, Inc. (nonprofit)
Christ Rock Church was constructed in 1875. Along with the Stanley Institute School, they are the focus of the African American settlement that arose at Christ Rock, outside of Cambridge, just after the Civil War. The church is no longer used for religious purposes and is now a community center. Grant funds will be used to repaint the exterior to protect the wood siding, which will help the church reach its final steps to completing their overall capital project.

• Lovely Lane United Methodist Church (Baltimore City) ($100,000)
Grantee: The Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the City and Precincts of Baltimore (nonprofit)
Constructed 1882-1887, Lovely Lane Methodist Church is the Mother Church of American Methodism and was designed by noted architect Stanford White, of McKim, Meade, and White. The chapel has 27 original stained glass windows made by Louis C. Tiffany and Company. The grant funds will be used to restore the stained glass windows. The church has also received a $250,000 National Fund for Sacred Places grant, the only one in Maryland.

• National Park Seminary (Montgomery County) ($100,000)
Grantee: Save Our Seminary at Forest Glen Inc. (nonprofit)
In 1887, National Park Seminary was originally constructed as a resort hotel, but spent most of its existence as an educational facility or under ownership of the U.S. Army. In 1927 the grand ballroom was added. Unlike other structures on the campus, the ballroom has Gothic rather than Beaux-Arts features. Grant funds will be used to restore all 14 stained glass windows in the grand ballroom. The comprehensive repair of these windows addresses the last major component of the revitalization of the seminary complex’s main building.
• Ebenezer A.M.E. Church and Parish House (Baltimore City) ($100,000)
Grantee: Ebenezer Kingdom Builders Inc. (nonprofit)
Built in 1865 for a congregation organized in 1836, Ebenezer A.M.E. Church is thought to be the oldest standing church in Baltimore that was erected by African Americans and continuously occupied by the descendants of the same congregation. This brick Gothic Revival church has a prominent bell tower and the parish house is located in an adjoining rowhouse. Grant funds will be used to complete an ongoing slate roof repair, which has reached the end of its useful life.