Dumbarton House has received a grant award from the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). The grant, valued at more than $55,000, supports the installation of a new HVAC (heating, ventilation and cooling) system at the Federal-period museum in Georgetown, Washington, DC.
Karen Daly, Executive Director at Dumbarton House, says, “We are grateful to the DCCAH for this important grant that will help us upgrade our HVAC system. This investment in the infrastructure of our historic site supports a much-needed improvement which will help ensure the long-term safety of our collections and our historic building, our highest priority.”
Daly continues, “Our new energy-efficient HVAC system will impact the entire site at Dumbarton House, thereby benefiting public programs, free admission days, and special tours, as well as events, research, maintaining the archives of The NSCDA, and more.”
Dumbarton House Museum is closing temporarily while the renovation work is undertaken. The historic collection is being put into storage and staff are moving to temporary office space. A program of events on the HVAC project is being planned and project progress can be followed on social media @dumbartonhouse.org. The Museum re-opens to visitors in April 2017.
In addition to installing a new energy-efficient system, improvements will also be made to the building envelope to better protect the collection, the historic structure, and the environment. The project aligns with Dumbarton House’s commitment to sustainability, as well as to its mission to maintain the historic property, contribute to the cultural life of the surrounding community, and promote the understanding of historic preservation and of the early history of the nation.
Besides the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities grant, the Dumbarton House HVAC project has also received partial funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities and benefited from the loan of collection removal and storage boxes from The National Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian Institution.