DAR Library Lay Light Restoration to be Honored for Excellence in Historic Preservation

April 29, 2014

I am truly honored to announce that the Daughters of the American Revolution will be receiving a District of Columbia Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for the restoration of the DAR Library lay light. Additionally, the award ceremony, presented by the DC Office of Planning, Historic Preservation Office and the DC Preservation League, will be hosted by DAR in Constitution Hall on May 15 at 7 pm and is open to the public. Please register at the DC Preservation League website if you would like to join us for the award ceremony on May 15 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.

The DAR, along with the amazing team of the Christman Company, Quinn Evans Architects, Femenella & Associates, and United Hutchinson Rigging, will be honored with a 2014 Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation by the DC Historic Preservation Office in the category of Design and Construction. This award category recognizes exceptional design work in restoration, rehabilitation, and/or new construction affecting a landmark or property in a historic district. As you know, the DAR Library lay light is located in the 100+ year old Memorial Continental Hall building which is itself a Registered National Historic Landmark. For a recap of the monumental restoration project of the lay light that took place last year, please view the beautiful video celebrating the completion of the project.

I am deeply grateful to Honorary President General Merry Ann Wright whose leadership drove this project and the fundraising efforts that made it all possible. A huge thank you goes out to all of the DAR members who contributed so generously in order to save our historic lay light. This award for excellence in historic preservation also goes to all of you who helped support this project because without you we couldn't have restored our beautiful DAR Library lay light.

I hope you will be able to join us in DAR Constitution Hall on May 15 to celebrate the award for the lay light restoration and all of the other nominees for excellence in historic preservation!

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