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Homewood Museum Awarded
Save America’s Treasures Grant

Homewood House

 

The National Park Service has awarded the university's Homewood Museum a Save America's Treasures grant in the amount of $186,880 to support the conservation and preservation of its south portico.

"This grant support will make it possible for Homewood to undertake an extensive conservation project to repair and stabilize the identity-defining south portico, from its elaborate and delicate composition and carved wood ornament to the marble steps and tiled porch deck—even the wrought-iron railings, which are believed to be original," says Catherine Rogers Arthur, director and curator of the Homewood Museum. "It is a complex and comprehensive project that is not only cosmetic but structural in scope."

Homewood Museum was one of 41 grant recipients nationally from a pool of 402 applications. The awards totaled $9.5 million. Homewood is a rare surviving example of the suburban villa building type, which emerged in Baltimore in the early 19th century for residential summer retreats. The house and property were a wedding present in 1800 from Charles Carroll of Carrollton to his only son, Charles Carroll Jr., and his daughter-in-law, Harriet Chew Carroll.