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Two local landmarks have both won $100,000 grants thanks to the power of social media, with Washington National Cathedral billed as the big winner.
The cathedral sustained millions of dollars of damage during August 2011's 5.8-magnitude earthquake.
On Monday, it was named the official winner of a three-week campaign by Partners in Preservation,which allowed online voters to register votes for local landmarks via Twitter, Fourquare and Instagram.
The cathedral garnering the most votes, which means it will receive its full grant request, said Partners in Preservation in a release. Mount Vernon Estate will also receive a $100,000 grant, although it had asked for more.
The cathedral will use the money to help fund inspections and conduct repair work on its 100-foot-high vaulted ceiling, which -- since the earthquake -- has been obscured by dark nets to catch any mortar or debris that may fall.
"It has been inspiring to see the tremendous support local preservationists have shown their favorite historic places in the Washington area and a pleasure to bring this program to the Trust’s hometown," said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, according to the release.
Mount Vernon Estate will use its grant to paint, plaster and restore the large dining room at George Washington's historic former home in Virginia.
All told, $1 million will go out to support local landmarks. The money comes from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express.
Other winners include:
Nearly a dozen other sites will receive $5,000 each.