05/07/2013 11:56 am ET

Partners In Preservation Pits 24 D.C. Landmarks Against Each Other For Restoration Funds (PHOTOS)


WASHINGTON -- Dumbarton Oaks or the Darby Store? Meridian Hill Park or Mount Vernon? Congressional Cemetery or Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office?

Twenty-four top D.C. landmarks are currently competing for $1 million in grants from American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation through Partners in Preservation. The public has through Friday to vote for the winners, which can each receive up to $100,000 in funding.

The vying attractions have varying levels of need and different plans for using the money. Washington National Cathedral, which was damaged during the August 2011 earthquake, would use the money to repair its vaulted ceiling.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue wants to repair cracks in its 105-year-old stained glass windows.

The Darby Store submitted a rap along with plans to restore its interior, while Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region emphasized its educational outreach and need to rehabilitate three Chesapeake Bay boats.

Landmarks can earn points in a variety of ways: 50 points for each vote on Partners in Preservation's website, 10 points for a Foursquare checkin, 10 points for an Instagram photo and 10 points for tweeting with the landmark's hashtag.

Since 2006, Partners in Preservation has given out more than $9 million in grants in cities like San Francisco, New Orleans and New York. Voting ends Friday, May 10, and the winners will be announced May 13.

Check out the full list of Partners in Preservation competitors and tell us in the comments who deserves to win.