French Heritage Society has awarded 14 Restoration Grants for a total of nearly $460,000 so far for 2022 with several other exciting projects still to come.
Over our 40 year history, nearly 650 grants have amounted to almost $14 million in direct aid, resulting in double that amount due to our matching fund requirement. Over the past two years alone, FHS has awarded over $1 million for restoration projects in France and the U.S. as well as a cultural grant in the the U.S.
Archives Nationales (Paris)
Restoration project: the Cabinet des Singes by Huet in the 18th-century Hôtel de Rohan which, once restored, will be open to the public.
Château de By-Rosa Bonheur (Seine et Marne)
Restoration project: “Chambre à Chasselas” or Grape Room, part of a vast project for the 3-hectare park to restore its biodiversity and ecosystem.
Château de la Rongère (Mayenne)
Restoration project: the roof and masonry of the upper chapel, completely restored in 1890 in the style of the day.
Château de Poncé (Sarthe)
Restoration project: the Caroline terrasse, an architectural “folie” built in 1830 on three levels against a porous limestone cliff.
Château des Millets (Allier)
Restoration project: the roof of the 16th-century fortified château. Tiles are cracked and falling off resulting in water infiltrations.
Château de Purnon (Vienne)
Restoration project: the stonework of the façades, the slate roof and its oak-frame support structure in Philibert de l’Orme style.
Domaine de Chéronne (Sarthe)
Restoration project: the late 15th-century logis-gate building to regain its early Renaissance aspect, including structural and decorative elements.
Château de Rochefort (Loire-Atlantique)
Restoration project: the roof of the château and outbuildings to protect the structures from water infiltration.
Château de Vaux (Aube)
Restoration project: the upper floors of the East wing and pavilion, purchased by a young entrepreneur whose family has a long history of restoring châteaux.
Château du Breuil Yvain (Indre)
Restoration project: the fortified entrance gate house (châtelet), built in 1450, which suffers from many structural problems that put it in peril.
Abbaye de Souillac (Lot)
Restoration project: complete restoration of the exterior façades, roof and the church’s interior.
Village of Bourbonnais (Bourbonnais, IL.)
Restoration project: to rebuild Kankakee River Valley’s First Log Schoolhouse (1837-48) on a Heritage Preserve west of Letourneau Home/Museum.
French Heritage Society awarded nearly $600,000 in 2021 for 13 Restoration and one Cultural Grant
MET (New York City)
Cultural Grant in support of the “Inspiring Walt Disney; The Animation of French Decorative Arts” exhibition from September 30th, 2020-January 21st, 2021.
Protestant Church of Saumur (Maine et Loire)
Restoration project: the upper levels of the church’s interior and exterior, woodwork, organ gallery, painted decorations, railings and ironwork
Hôtel des Invalides (Paris)
Restoration project: Napoleon’s Tomb, its marble and enameled floors and sculpted décor in the Dome Church for the bicentenary of his death
Château de Sully (Saône et Loire)
Restoration project: the First Empire theater, rare in private châteaux, with the characteristics of an Italian theater
Maison d’Education Légion d’Honneur (Seine Saint Denis)
Restoration project: roof of the Intendant’s wing and central pavilion
Château de Flaugergues (Hérault)
Restoration project: statues by Guyon from 1728, representing Peace and Abundance, similar to those at Versailles
Château de Sambucy (Aveyron)
Restoration project: the perron of the cour d’honneur and stairway of the cour des chevaux
Château de Rametz (Nord)
Restoration project: roofs of two main towers (Maitresse and Guet), the east wing and the chapel
Château de La Tourrette (Ardèche)
Restoration project: spiral staircase providing access to major areas of the château
Eglise de Sainte Osmanne (Seine et Marne)
Restoration project: roofs of the transepts and the choir
Abbaye de Longues (Calvados)
Restoration project: roof the church
Château de Gizeux (Indre et Loire)
Restoration project: ongoing restoration projects
Chatillon-DeMenil House (Saint Louis, MO)
Restoration project: west portico of the house whose restoration has been on hold since 2013
Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, VA)
Restoration project: period-appropriate wallpaper in the Lafayette Room and Small Bedroom
French Heritage Society awarded $166,000 to date in 2020 for 16 Restoration and Cultural Grants
Franco-American initiatives to preserve cultural treasures in both countries are crucial and lay at the core of French Heritage Society’s mission. It is clear that if future generations are to know the beauty of landmarks and historic properties, it is our responsibility to act now to protect them.
“It’s not just about making a contribution or sending a check, it’s about Americans who share their love of France”—Denis de Kergorlay, FHS President
Musée Cognacq-Jay (Paris)
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Château du Panloy (Charente Maritime)
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Château de la Varenne (Meuse)
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Chapelle Templière de la Commanderie d’Epailly (Côte d’Or)
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Château de Bouzols (Haute Loire)
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Domaine de Chavat Gardens (Gironde)
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Château de la Rivoire (Ardèche)
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Château de Goudourville (Tarn et Garonne)
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Château de Castries Gardens (Hérault)
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Chapelle du Sacré-Cœur des Feuillants
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Château de la Montagne (Nièvre)
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Théâtre National de Chaillot (Paris)
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Mount Vernon (Mount Vernon, VA)
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Philadelphia Museum of Art (Philadelphia, PA)
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Fort de Chartres (Prairie du Rocher, IL)
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Residence of France (Cambridge, MA)
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French Heritage Society raised nearly $2.9 million in 2019 for 17 Restoration and Cultural Grants, including for a major grant to be awarded to Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris.
French Heritage Society awarded over $865,000 in 2018 for 21 Restoration and Cultural Grants.
French Heritage Society awarded more than $1.1 million in restoration and cultural grants in 2017 (15 projects in France and six in the U.S.).