Treasure Map: Mapping the Impact of Save America’s Treasures

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The American Architectural Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), the President’s Committee on the Arts & Humanities (PCAH), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), has created a new comprehensive map of all of the Save America’s Treasures (SAT) projects that were awarded grants between 1999 and 2010, the last year that the program was funded.

As you can see from the map, these projects were undertaken across the country, and preserved and documented our irreplaceable shared national heritage. The map pins are grouped by agency (NPS, NEA, NEH, and IMLS) and then by congressional district within each agency, but if you click the magnifying glass icon, you can search by state (using the two-letter postal abbreviation), congressional district (e.g. for Virginia’s 3rd District, type “VA-003”), ZIP code, project title, or granting agency.

Explore the map to see where your nearest SAT project is, and if you’d like to see funding for SAT restored, please reach out to your Representative and let them know how refunding SAT can help spur private investment, education, and training in your community!

This map presents Save America’s Treasures awards made by the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services and the National Park Service between 1999 and 2010.  These awards were geolocated by their ZIP codes, so pin placement is approximate. In all, there are 1,241 SAT  projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the Midway Islands.

Established in 1999, the Save America’s Treasures program is managed by the National Park Service, with the National Endowment Agencies, to preserve and protect nationally significant properties and collections for future generations of Americans. 



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The American Architectural Foundation has been dedicated to advancing the role of architecture and design in American society since its founding in 1943 by the American Institute of Architects.

In its 75 years in existence the Foundation’s work has taken many forms — from educational programming and exhibitions in its early years to large-scale design initiatives and programs —all of which serve to create a rich legacy.

As the managing partner of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design for twenty years, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the United States Conference of Mayors, the Foundation helped move the needle on design and cities. And, through its other signature programs like Save America’s Treasures in partnership with National Parks Service, the Sustainable Cities Design Academy, and Design for Learning, the Foundation has provided critical design leadership training and technical assistance to hundreds of elected officials, education leaders, business leaders, and other key decision makers in the design process.

In recent years, cities and civic leaders have embraced design and design thinking in a way that could not have been imagined when the Foundation begin its work back in 1943 — and AAF’s role in this transformation is a source of great pride for the Foundation. With this increased interest in the role of design in shaping our cities came a proliferation of new organizations to support and facilitate this cultural shift. These advances in the role of design in American society and changes in the nonprofit design sector, coupled with the departure of the organization’s longest-serving CEO, prompted the Foundation’s Board to embark on an intensive and lengthy process to examine the ongoing role and work of the Foundation.

As the Board of Regents reflected on the positive changes of the cultural value of design, the accomplishments of the Foundation, and how the legacy of the Foundation’s work is being carried out by its former staff in new roles and organizations across the country, they reached the conclusion that the American Architectural Foundation had accomplished what it set out to do. As a result, the Foundation began to complete its remaining programs and wind down its operations in the Summer of 2018 and the organization’s endowments have been distributed to allied organizations. The Foundation’s research and reports will remain available on its website as a resource to the field.

The Foundation’s work would not have been possible without the incredible talents of its many staff over the decades, the generous support of its funders, and the tireless dedication of its civic & design partners across the country. The Board remains deeply proud of the significant contributions Foundation has made in its 75-year history and would like to acknowledge that this would not have been possible without the efforts, dedication, and support from so many of you.