On Saturday, March 2nd, the restored marquee’s 300-plus light bulbs were turned on for the first time. The Bockfest weekend event celebrated the “Big Turn On” with live music and beer.
Through the support of the Cincinnati community and Cincinnati Preservation Association (CPA), The Woodward was awarded the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Partners In Preservation (PIP) Grant sponsored by American Express and National Geographic.
The Woodward represented Cincinnati in a nationwide contest for this grant. Over 53,000 votes were cast for the historic marquee and façade renovation project resulting in The Woodward being awarded the $150,000 PIP Grant in November of 2017.
The PIP Grant was used to bring back the original intent of The Woodward’s 1913 façade exterior including design, fabrication and install of the copper marquee, return of the historic electric sign, replacement of 52 plaster “rosettes” and cleaning of glazed brick.
“Cincinnatians understand and embrace our city’s history. From our music, our beer, our baseball….to our unique architectural heritage. Cincinnati continues to demonstrate to other cities how to celebrate and leverage their history for future growth.” -Dan McCabe, co-owner, Woodward Theater.
This Project is supported by a grant from the American Express Partners in Preservation program, a partnership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Express Foundation.
About Partners in Preservation
Partners in Preservation is a program in which American Express, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, awards preservation grants to historic places across the country.
Through this partnership, American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation seek to increase the public’s awareness of the importance of historic preservation in the United States and to preserve America’s historic and cultural places. The program also hopes to inspire long-term support from local citizens for the historic places at the heart of their communities.
About American Express
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About the National Trust for Historic Preservation
The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places: www.savingplaces.org.