Four organizations in the 35th Senatorial District have been awarded almost $275,000 in state funding through the Keystone Historic Preservation Grant Program to rehabilitate several sites, according to Senator Wayne Langerholc, Jr. (R-35). Langerholc said the following grants were awarded.
- Johnstown Redevelopment Authority – $50,000 to preserve the John Ludwig House at 662 Main St. in Johnstown, a location used by American Red Cross founder Clara Barton during relief efforts after the 1889 Johnstown Flood.
- Johnstown Area Heritage Association – $100,000 to upgrade and replace failing HVAC and electrical systems at the Johnstown Flood Museum and rehabilitate the exterior building fabric.
- Center for Metal Arts (CMA) – $25,000 for rehabilitation of the National Historic Landmark Cambria Mill Office Buildings to accommodate the CMA’s visitor area, galleries and administrative offices.
- Pittsburgh Gateways Corporation – $99,969 for stabilization of the Pattern Shop as part of the Center for Metal Arts’ educational blacksmithing program in Johnstown’s Cambria Iron and Steel Historic Landmark.
“These grants are vital to rehabilitating and restoring local landmarks,” Langerholc said. “They also help to promote economic development, create jobs and improve our communities.”
Langerholc said the funding comes from the Commonwealth’s Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund. This fund was established by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in 1993 using revenue from the voter-approved sale of bonds and from a portion of the state realty transfer tax.
Keystone Historic Preservation Grants, which require a 50/50 cash match, are available for the preservation, restoration and/or rehabilitation of historic resources listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. The grants are administered on a competitive basis.
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