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(Washington, DC) - The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) was presented the 2017 Award for Excellence in Historical Preservation for its Boundary Stones Project.
The award, presented by the District Office of Planning and the Historic Preservation Office in partnership with the DC Preservation League and the Daughters of the American Revolution, recognizes DDOT’s commitment to conservation.
“Usually we’re focused on moving people and goods around the city,” said Sam Zimbabwe, DDOT Chief Delivery Officer. “The Boundary Stones Project is a bit outside the usual, but that’s a very rewarding thing to do, to be a transportation agency that’s also a steward of the District’s history and the future.”
The Boundary Stones Preservation Project was a collaborative effort with the Federal Highway Administration, National Park Service (NPS), District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office, and the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). In 1791 and 1792, 40 boundary stones were placed around the original District boundaries. In 1916, the DAR started erecting fences to protect the markers.
Thirty-eight of the original sandstone markers remained; however, they were in need of repair. The restoration work included moving, documenting, cleaning, repairing, and re-setting the half-ton monuments, mending fences/cages around the stones.
“We are fortunate in Washington to have great national monuments and dozens of historic neighborhoods,” said David Maloney, State Historic Preservation Officer. “There is strong support for historic preservation, and these awards give us a chance to honor some of the individuals and organizations who are helping to bring new vitality to DC in a way that builds on its historic character.”
Since 2003, the more than 225 outstanding projects, programs and individuals have been honored for exemplary work and commitment to historic preservation. This year’s awards recognized 47 individuals, businesses, government agencies and local organizations in the categories of Stewardship, Community Involvement, Design and Construction, HPRB Chair Award, State Historic Preservation Officer’s Award and Individual Lifetime Achievement Award.
For more information, visit https://planning.dc.gov/page/preservation-awards.
The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.
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