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Woodlawn Conservancy, Inc. (Bronx, NY 10470-2471)
Susan Olsen (Project Director: May 2013 to present)

The Woodlawn Cemetery Extreme Weather Preparedness and Response Plan

The preparation of a disaster preparedness and response plan to protect the monuments and memorials in the Woodlawn Cemetery, a National Historic Landmark. The 400-acre cemetery was established in 1863 and is recognized for the significance of its funerary art, with works by such sculptors as Daniel Chester French, Janet Scudder, Edmund Quinn, William Ordway Partridge, Sally James Farnham, and Attilio Piccirilli. Many of these commissioned works were created between 1870 and 1940 and are featured on regular tours of the cemetery organized by the Woodlawn Conservancy. The monuments and memorials, along with the cemetery's historical records housed at Columbia University, constitute an important resource for students and historians of art and architecture.

The Woodlawn Cemetery Extreme Weather Preparedness and Response Plan involves hiring a Heritage Planning Consultant and Conservator to review the current procedures for responding to extreme weather situations, to analyze the information collected and to develop a plan to prepare for storms and a protocol for documenting damage and implementing repair and restoration strategies. This National Historic Landmark has been hit by windstorms and hurricanes. Woodlawn's monuments represent the largest and finest collection of memorials in the country. The nation's most talented artisans and architects were commissioned to create works to memorialize celebrated figures including Duke Ellington, Joseph Pulitzer, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Herman Melville. Thousands of visitors and researchers travel to Woodlawn to see these memorials that are threatened by extreme weather and worthy of protection by the cemetery and its nonprofit support organization, the Woodlawn Conservancy.

Project fields:
Architecture; Arts, Other; Cultural History

Preservation Assistance Grants

Preservation and Access

Total amounts:
$5,950 (approved)
$5,941 (awarded)

Grant period:
3/1/2014 – 8/31/2015