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Roundhouse gets $40,000 grant

January 06, 2000|By JULIE E. GREENE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The National Trust for Historic Preservation on Thursday said it has awarded a $40,000 grant for the B&O roundhouse to the Berkeley County Commissioners.

The roundhouse was one of 37 projects nationwide to be awarded a Save America's Treasures Preservation Planning Fund grant, said County Administrator Deborah Sheetenhelm-Hammond. Applications for more than 200 projects were submitted.

The grant will be used for a "historic structures report" and structural engineering assessment for the roundhouse complex off Burke Street in Martinsburg.

The grant was available with the support of the J. Paul Getty Trust, which established the Save America's Treasures fund with a $1 million grant, according to a release from the County Commission.

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Save America's Treasures is a public-private partnership between the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White House Millennium Council.

Last year the roundhouse was named to a White House-compiled list of 100 significantly historic sites, enabling the Berkeley County Roundhouse Authority to use the title to help raise private and federal funds for the renovation project.

So far the authority has raised more than $1 million in grants.

Plans for the buildings, built between 1866 and 1871, include a performing arts center. The buildings could make enough money to pay the cost of renovations if used to house conventions and trade shows, a committee has reported.

A groundbreaking ceremony is expected this spring.

Sheetenhelm-Hammond said a small model of the roundhouse hung on the Christmas tree at the White House last year and another model has been made part of the permanent collection at the White House under the Save America's Treasures program.

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