The Historic Alexandria Foundation held its annual meeting and garden party in the garden of Mrs. Charles R. Hooff Jr. on North Quaker Lane Sunday afternoon. Members gathered to award grants to local historic sites and museums and to award plaques to four privately-owned homes.
Michael Bradshaw, chairman of the grants committee distributed the cash awards. Accepting $5,000 to refurbish the basement and exterior of the Athenaeum was Harry Mahon, president of the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Association. The Athenaeum also received a grant last year.
Gretchen Bulova, wearing both hats as executive director of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and the Stabler-Leadbetter Apothecary Museum accepted $5,000 to continue work on the restoration of Gadsby’s ice well and $5,000 for the conservation of two plaster busts of George Washington and Benjamin Franklin which once graced the Apothecary Shop. Traci Sullivan, executive director of the Lee-Fendall House Museum received $1, 929 to install environmental monitoring equipment in the house.
Gail Rothrock, chairman of the plaques committee awarded plaques to four local homes whose owners had meticulously preserved and restored their historic attributed. The homes were 110 North Patrick Street, owned by Martin B. Kormanik and Ronald L. Ridell, 208 North Royal Street owned by Arthur and Murney Keleher; 220 South Fairfax Street, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Davis and 209 Duke Street owned by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Trozzo.