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2020 Grants

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

Cultural Grant in support of the “Empire of the Senses” Exhibition from September 30th, 2020-January 21st, 2021

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Restoration project: the 17th-century dovecote, one of the most complete and best-preserved of the region

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Restoration project: the roof and the northwest échauguette (tourette)

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Restoration project: the vault, counterforts and upper level of the chapel that suffer from water infiltration

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Restoration project: roof of the Maison de l’Intendant

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Restoration project: the vandalized 19th-century marble statuary ensemble “Mystère de la Vie” (Mystery of Life), by Ernesto Gazzeri from 1919

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Restoration project: roof and 18th-century wooden support beams and  ceiling at the top of the grand staircase

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Restoration project: the roof and water proofing of the Renaissance spiral staircase

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Restoration project: the hydraulic system of the Grande Cascade and the reflecting pool

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Restoration project: the roof, vault, wooden support structure and masonry of the Dome

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Restoration project: The pottery manufacturing site on the estate dating from 1844

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Restoration project:  a decorative element to be determined

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Restoration project: period-appropriate wallpaper in the Lafayette Room and Small Bedroom

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Restoration project: pair of monumental bas-reliefs, entitled “The Race of Atalanta” and “Hippomenes and The Triumph of Flora”

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Restoration project:  much-needed repairs of the Fort’s Land Gate

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Restoration project: installation of nine Zuber scenic panels titled “Scènes de l’Amérique du Nord – Chutes du Niagra”

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2019 Grants

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.

Click here to see highlights of the 2019 FHS Grants

Restoration of the cathedral after the devastating fire of April 15th, 2019

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Restoration of the 18th-century façade facing the Seine River and the carriage entrance.

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Restoration of the northern façade masonry and lintels.

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Restoration of the pottery manufacturing site on the estate, an industrial heritage complex from 1844 that produced major pieces of St. Honoré faïence coveted by collectors.

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Restoration of the west façade with characteristic painted decorations and treatment of 300-year-old stone door and window frames.

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Restoration of roof of the entrance pavilion, known as “The Chatelet”.

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Restoration of the southern quay-stairway to facilitate safer access and prevent further erosion.

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Restoration of the turrets and impressive roof, one of the most magnificent in the region.

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Restoration the roof of gatehouse, the main entry to the fortified château.

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Restoration of the Winter garden house or folly.

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Roofing repairs, painting, and gilding of the highly visible red pagoda bridge.

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Restoration the roof of the abbey church.

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Restoration of the Pradel Gallery exhibition space.

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Restoration the Chartres Street façade of the house

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2018 Grants

French Heritage Society awarded over $865,000 in 2018 for 21 Restoration and  Cultural Grants.

The Mazarine Gallery, which, once restored, will be the showcase for a new museum and centerpiece of the future visitors’ circuit.

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Restoration of the prestigious Louis XV Salon.

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Restoration the central horse-shoe staircase.

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The entire structure must be treated and restored due to the spread of a devastating fungus (la mérule) that attacks that wood.

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Restoration of the roof and stonework of the 18th-century pavilion and north tower.

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Restoration of the impressive Renaissance gallery, including a major support beam which is at risk of falling and endangering the entire gallery.

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Restoration of the 15th-century half-timbered Chaplain’s house, one of the oldest parts of the estate.

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Restoration of the roof and frame of the main body of the manor-house.

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Restoration of the the octagonal dovecot built in 1606 facing the château with a typical Flemish bulb-shaped slate roof and flag-shaped weather vane.

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As the buildings have been restored, the mountain top cliffs need to be stabilized to prevent stones from dislodging and rolling down the mountainside.

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Restoration of the ornamental wrought-iron gate made in the first half of the 18th-century that is in a perilous state

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Restoration of the statue of Christ with outstretched arms that crowns the church

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The 18th-century mill will be transformed by the creation of a hydro-electric plant to favor green energy and the creation of a reception hall. The grant will restore the mill’s façade facing the river.

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This cultural grant will aid in purchasing photo rights for a book in progress on the Seine River by a noted author.

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Reproduction of a French-style cast-iron fence surrounding the property based on the one in place in the 1870s when Edgar Degas stayed with his Creole relatives in New Orleans.

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In celebration of the tricentennial of the city, NOMA will present an exhibition, supported by this cultural grant, from the collection of Philippe II, the Duke of Orléans.

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This grant helps restore the pyramid and statue of the monument dedicated to the celebrated French officer.

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This grant helps restore the home of 40 years of French writer Marguerite Yourcenar, the first woman elected to the Académie Française.

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2017 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.).

Château de Bonnemare (Eure)

Restoration of the roof to allow the building to be used for banquets.

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Chapelle des Jésuites de St Omer (Pas de Calais)

Restoration of elements of the sculpted décor, stone facing and marble flooring.

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Abbaye du Mont Saint Michel (Manche)

Restoration of the 13th-century cloister including its garden.

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Palais de Compiègne (Oise)

Restoration of the Guests Library.

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Château de Versigny (Oise)

The two major staircases (north and south) giving access to the château.

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Château d’Oustal de Tarteron (Gard)

Restoration of the “traversiers” structures built in regional-style gardens and its hydraulic system and a textile workshop.

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Château de Braux Sainte Cohiére (Marne)

West tower slate roof, beams and carpentry.

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Château de Chaumont Laguiche (Saône & Loire)

The stables require an overall structural restoration.

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Basilique de la Daurade (Toulouse)

The late 18-century mural paintings of the choir.

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Restoration of the Chapter House.

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Château de la Moglais (Côte d’Armor)

Restoration of the stone wall surrounding the estate.

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Prieuré du Mont St Michel

Restoration of the dovecote to be used to receive visitors.

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Château de Montréal (Dordogne)

The Renaissance façade, which has never been fully restored.

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Orangerie de Bagatelle

Restoration of the Orangerie, built in 1835 on the model of the Luxembourg Gardens.

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The Pyramid was constructed of stone blocks using sea water in the mortar, so this section of the monument requires restoration.

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Stanton Hall

Restoration of structural elements.

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Venetian House, Cultural Service of the French Embassy (NYC)

Restoration of this emblematic example of interior designing during the Gilded Age.

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Vernon House (Newport, RI)

Roof dormer windows and 27 pairs of double-hung, wooden sash windows.

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MET (NYC) Visitors to Versailles Exhibition

Cultural grant to support the scenography for the exhibition.

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St. Bartholomew’s Church (NYC)

n in-depth conditions assessment with resulting recommendations for conservation and restoration.

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