American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced on Monday a $350,000 grant to Washington, D.C.’s Union Station, which was damaged in a 2011 earthquake, to re-gild the ceiling in the main hall.
“We are thrilled by the interest of American Express and the National Trust in Union Station,” Beverley K. Swaim-Staley, the president and CEO of the Union Station Redevelopment Corporation, said. “This contribution helps us significantly in our efforts to preserve this wonderful building for the next century.”
The grant adds to the $2 million in grants AmEx has contributed this year, since it introduced its Partners in Preservation program in April.
“American Express recognizes that historic places, like Union Station, help bring to life our nation’s rich, cultural heritage,” Timothy J. McClimon, the president of American Express Foundation, said. “Union Station is one of the most visited tourist destinations in D.C., which is why we want to preserve its golden past, so the Station can be enjoyed by every employee, visitor and traveler for many years to come.”
The grant will help the USRC replace more than 120,000 sheets of 23-karat gold leaf—replacing the 22-karat gold leaf material—on the 96-foot barrel-vaulted ceilings in Union Station’s main hall. The station was first opened in October 1907 as the largest train station in the world.