Preserving Properties of Distinction
Projects to conserve historic and architectural treasures under U.S. auspices abroad
The State Department’s cultural property includes historic and culturally significant architecture worldwide. This encompasses buildings, adjacent grounds and landscapes associated with the United State’s diplomatic presence. Many buildings are listed on the Secretary of State’s Register of Culturally Significant Property, as well as the host country’s equivalent of the U.S.’s National Register of Historic Places. The responsibility of providing professional stewardship, preservation and maintenance of the Department’s unique and significant buildings, grounds and landscapes falls under the auspices of the Office of Cultural Heritage, a component of the Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations. The Fund to Conserve U.S. Diplomatic Treasures Abroad assists Cultural Heritage with special projects that might otherwise be delayed indefinitely.