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July 18, 2014

David Rubinstein Gives $12-Million for Repairs to Robert E. Lee House

Billionaire financier David M. Rubinstein donated $12.35-million Thursday to fund extensive repairs at Arlington House, the pre-Civil War home of Robert E. Lee that overlooks Arlington National Cemetery, The Washington Post writes.

The gift continues the Carlyle Group co-founder's pattern of "patriotic philanthropy," following large contributions in recent years to repair earthquake damage at the Washington Monument, expand the Kennedy Center, and renovate Mount Vernon and Monticello.

The new donation goes to the National Park Foundation, the fundraising arm of the National Park Service, which operates Arlington National Cemetery and Arlington House. The 200-year-old Greek Revival mansion serves as the military cemetery's Robert E. Lee Memorial. The money will be used to restore the house and grounds to the way they looked in 1860.