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National Endowment for the Humanities Awards $420,000 Infrastructure Grant to Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Reynolda will Match Grant with Fundraising Campaign to Launch in 2019

Winston-Salem, N.C. — The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded Reynolda House Museum of American Art a $420,482 grant to help repair and replace the iconic green-tile roof of the house at the center of the Reynolda estate. The 100-year-old structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places is home to a nationally renowned collection of American art on view in the restored interiors of R.J. and Katharine Reynolds’s 34,000-square-foot bungalow. This is the first NEH grant awarded to Reynolda House and the largest federal grant in the museum’s history.  

The roof project is anticipated to begin as early as 2020 and will include a fundraising and crowdfunding campaign to meet its total $1.6 million projected cost.

“Reynolda’s historic 1917 bungalow is an object, in and of itself, within our collections, and its preservation is a critical priority,” said Allison Perkins, Reynolda House executive director and Wake Forest University associate provost for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens. “In addition to its function as a major design feature, the roof is also essential for the protection and long-term preservation of the American fine art and decorative arts that are in our care.”

Reynolda House identified the roof as a priority area in 2017, during routine preventative maintenance. Perkins said during the repair and restoration, the museum will seek to retain the roof’s character-defining elements and limit upgrading of materials. Ludowici Tile Company, the original tile manufacturer, will work closely with Reynolda on the project.

Museum staff have formed an advisory team to identify preservation standards and processes that will adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and preservation guidelines from the National Park Service. The team, led by the museum’s deputy director Phil Archer, includes preservation architect Joseph Oppermann, architectural historian Margaret Supplee Smith, and historian Thomas Frank. Smith, a professor emerita at Wake Forest, and Frank, associate dean for continuing studies at Wake Forest, have utilized Reynolda as a living classroom.

“In its architecture and landscape, Reynolda provides examples of preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation, from which students at Wake Forest - and beyond - can learn about heritage conservation,” said Wake Forest Provost Rogan Kersh. “Inside the home protected by this iconic roof, there are more layers of learning that happen when people of all ages have personal interactions with the museum’s collections. Preserving the inside and outside of Reynolda is a shared priority of the university and our community.”

The NEH grant to Reynolda House comes on the heels of another major humanities grant recently announced by Wake Forest University, with whom Reynolda House is affiliated. Wake Forest announced this week that the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation had awarded the university an $850,000 grant to expand its community-based partnerships through engaged teaching and research in the humanities The four-year grant will support “The Humanities Engaged: Generating Learning, Remaking Community.” The program is slated to run through June 2022 and will include collaborations with Reynolda House Museum of American Art. The Mellon and NEH grants are part of the university’s humanities renaissance supported by Wake Will Lead: The Campaign for Wake Forest.

Reynolda’s roof project is one of 218 projects receiving NEH funding and is among the first awards made under NEH’s new Infrastructure and Capacity-Building Challenge Grant program. Infrastructure projects were funded at 29 U.S. cultural institutions in 20 states and the District of Columbia. Reynolda House is one of two North Carolina institutions that received an infrastructure grant. In total, the NEH granted $1,412,482 for five North Carolina projects across all grant categories. 

About Reynolda
Reynolda, in Winston-Salem, N.C., is a rare gem among the nation’s cultural institutions and historic greenspaces. The 50-year-old museum at the center of Reynolda’s 180 acres, Reynolda House Museum of American Art, presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of the country manor of R. J. Reynolds. Spanning 250 years, the collection is an uncompromisingly selective one, a chronology of American art, with each artist represented by one work of major significance. Highlights are: Albert Bierstadt, Mary Cassatt, William Merritt Chase, Frederic Edwin Church, Stuart Davis, Martin Johnson Heade, Alex Katz, Lee Krasner, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe, John Singer Sargent and Grant Wood. The collection was assembled by the unerring eye of Barbara Babcock Millhouse, granddaughter of R. J. and Katharine Reynolds. The Reynolda experience includes a free app called Reynolda Revealed; touring exhibitions in the museum’s Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing; formal gardens, conservatory and walking trails of Reynolda Gardens; and more than 25 of the estate’s original buildings repurposed as shops and restaurants in Reynolda Village. Reynolda, located at 2250 Reynolda Road, is adjacent to Wake Forest University. For more information, please visit reynolda.org. Connect at facebook.com/rhmaa and @CurateReynolda.

About the NEH
Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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WFU Provost Rogan Kersh, Reynolda House Executive Director Allison Perkins, Reynolda House Board Chair Gwynne Taylor