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The Taft Museum of Art was awarded the competitive Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the maximum amount of $750,000. However, to receive the grant—the Taft had to raise $3 million from new public funds to secure the 4:1 match.
Funds raised directly supported the Taft's Love This House campaign, a fundraising initiative seeking to raise $12.7MM to support the Taft's Bicentennial Infrastructure Project, critically needed to preserve and reconstruct the museum's 200-year-old historic house—the Taft's largest work of art and prized National Historic Landmark.
You too can show how much you Love This House!
In late 2015, in advance of the museum’s celebration of the historic house’s bicentennial in 2020, the Taft commissioned an extensive review of the museum’s operational and infrastructure needs. Key collaborators worked to create a master plan for the museum and to understand the needs of the collection and the needs of visitors. They identified and developed solutions for the complex problems of a 200-year-old home, and completed a thorough analysis of the scope of capital projects needed to maintain this historic house for the next century.
From summer 2021 to spring 2022, the house has undergone a series of preservation projects so that the next generation of visitors can enjoy its great art and history.
Explore the project plans below or download the case statement.
Charles and Anna Taft gave their house and their collection, to the people of Cincinnati with a wish to make art available to all. This has been a guiding light for the museum and it is why we do all we can to preserve and share the art and history contained in these walls, why we strive to support artists themselves, and why the Taft historic house has stood for as long as it has.
The circa 1820 historic house needs preservation now to protect the integrity of the structure, which is essential to ensure that it stands for another 200 years, its priceless contents are protected, and the museum can continue its meaningful work with the Cincinnati community.
There are several ways to give to the Love This House campaign, including:
or download the pledge form!
Questions? Please contact Jen Horvath, Director of Development at (513) 684-4527 or at JHorvath@taftmuseum.org
Make a multi-year pledge to our preservation project! Those with a commitment of $2,020 or more will be listed temporarily on-site and in our triannual members’ publication, Portico. This multi-year gift will be matched with our National Endowment for the Humanities grant.
Already made a gift and wish to increase it? We’d be happy to honor your previous gift and put it towards the $2,020 club level.
Learn more about this special opportunity by contacting Jen Horvath, Director of Development at (513) 684-4527 or at JHorvath@taftmuseum.org.
Explore the latest updates on the Taft Museum of Art’s Bicentennial Infrastructure Project needed to maintain the Taft historic house for the next century and the stories we discovered along the way by subscribing to our newsletter, reading our latest updates, or following #TaftHouse200 on social!
The Love This House Bicentennial Project has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom
The Love This House Bicentennial Project is being supported in part by a Save America's Treasures grant from the Historic Preservation Fund administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.