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 annually 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 2022 Edward F. Gerber Urban Preservation Fund grant is 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 doors, both of which are integral components of the house’s prominent street-facing elevation. With this work, Greynook will remain a vital and visible part of the Marina Park Historic District, where local community groups such as the Mary & Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community are working to illuminate the historic value of Bridgeport’s South End.

Read the program guidelines.