Edward F. Gerber Urban Preservation Fund

Supporting preservation in urban Connecticut

The Edward F. Gerber Urban Preservation Fund supports the preservation of private historic homes in Connecticut. This new, endowed fund allows Historic New England to continue its work to build a powerful network of historic preservation and community stakeholders by providing critical support to historic residential property owners in Connecticut’s urban centers.


Historic New England is deeply committed to preserving the rich architectural and cultural history that is reflected in homes across New England. The Edward F. Gerber Urban Preservation Fund supports the vital work of maintaining private historic homes in Connecticut’s urban areas for the benefit of homeowners and their communities.

Through this fund, Historic New England awards one grant of up to $10,000 to the owner-occupant of a residential property with no more than four units, located in Bridgeport, Hartford, Manchester, New Britain, New Haven, New London, Norwalk, Stamford, Waterbury, or West Haven.


The 2023 Edward F. Gerber Preservation Fund

The 2023 grant is awarded to Dana Geter of Hartford, Connecticut.

The grant supports a roof replacement on Geter’s historic home in the Asylum Hill neighborhood. Geter noted, “As a lifelong resident of Hartford, I have been very gratified by the investment made in my neighborhood. Historic neighborhoods such as mine are important to the city as a whole, and I believe that maintaining these homes demonstrates that people care about where they live.”


2022 Edward F. Gerber Urban Preservation Fund

The 2022 grant was awarded to Mary Allison Waggener of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Ms. Waggener is undertaking an extensive restoration of her home, Greynook, which was built in 1895 and was referred to in Scientific American as “…a design most exquisitely executed.” The grant will help to fund repair of elaborate cast iron porch railings and wood porch door.


Read the program guidelines.