The Interfaith Center at the Presidio (ICP) has been awarded a $750,000 Save America’s Treasures (SAT) Historic Preservation Fund grant from the National Park Service (NPS).
The United States government announced the matching grant this fall. In partnership with other agencies, $25.7 million in Save America’s Treasures grants from the Historic Preservation Fund were awarded. The Interfaith Center is one of 58 projects in 26 states that will preserve nationally significant sites and collections.
The grant requires a dollar-for-dollar match, which will allow the Interfaith Center to leverage a total of $1.5 million to support renovation of the Presidio Chapel as part of a $14 million capital project which includes accessibility updates, an expanded education and conference center and a gallery. Architects Page & Turnbull are undertaking the transformation of the chapel and additional work.
They are widely known as leaders in historic preservation and bringing new, relevant life and use to historic sites.
The Interfaith Center at the Presidio has been the steward of the Main Post Chapel since shortly after it became a national park in 1996. The ICP, located next to the national cemetery, holds services for veterans and their families “such as the Fleet Week standing-room-only service. Programs are also held on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.” As a military chapel, it has served multiple faiths since it was built in 1931. The Chapel hosts regular gatherings for speakers, music, weddings and other events.
For more information about the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, visit www.interfaithpresidio.org .