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Agency:    Department of the Interior
Bureau:    National Park Service
Account:    National recreation and preservation (14-1042)
Certifying Official:    Deputy Comptroller/Budget Officer
Contact Information:    http://WWW.DOI.GOV   202-208-6416
Sewall-Belmont House

1 recipient will receive $394,000. This is a continuing earmark.
Year Enacted: 2005
Description: The Sewell-Belmont House, rebuilt after fire damage from the War of 1812, is one of the oldest houses on Capitol Hill. It has been the National Woman's Party headquarters since 1929 and contains nationally significant collections of artifacts, banners, photographs, and manuscripts relating to the Women's Suffrage Movement in 19th and 20th Century America. Funding was provided to address structural repair needs, as well as wiring, plumbing, heating and ventilation problems, and handicapped accessibility and exhibit space deficiencies.
Beneficiary/Recipient Amount ($K) Program Type Address
Sewall-Belmont House and Museum (89194187) $394 Statutory or Contractual Aid for Other Activities Non-Profit
144 Constitution Ave. NE
Washington, DC
  Comment: The Sewall-Belmont House & Museum expects to complete its planning for ADA-accessibility before the end FY 2007. Initially, the Museum presented five options to NPS and DCHOP. NPS reviewed the options and approved installation of an exterior elevator as the only acceptable option. The Museum then submitted preliminary plans for installation of a 3-story exterior elevator to the NPS and DCHOP. The NPS approved installation of the elevator, but not to the third floor. The Museum's Board of Directors met last month and agreed upon moving forward with plans for a 2-story elevator, but asked staff to explore alternatives to the elevator opening into Alice Paul's Office since it would impact the interpretation of the room. The staff is currently exploring the possibility of a ramp between the terrace and first floor levels. As requested, the Museum will submit revised plans to NPS and DCHOP for approval by April 1, 2007. This has been a challenging project for a number of reasons: (1) the location of the museum on Capital Hill presents security challenges, (2) the elevation of the historic house from the roads, (3) the elevations in the house itself -- the ground floor has two elevations and the terrace and first floor are separate elevations, (4) the roof incline that does not accommodate an elevator up to the third floor where the administrative offices are. The Museum has worked hard to balance historic preservation with accessibility and with the mission of the organization.
Source: Appropriations Report Language - Conference
Reference: H Rept. 108-792
Method: User entered excerpt
Citation Excerpt: The conference agreement includes $400,000 for the Sewall- Belmont House. The managers are concerned that the Service has taken too long to determine an appropriate solution to making the facility handicapped accessible. The managers direct the Service to report to the Committees no later than April 1, 2005, on a final recommendation.

Citation Comment: Conference report amounts were reduced by congressional across-the-board rescissions.

Last Modified: 16-Apr-2007

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