2008 National Preservation Award Winners
Video production by Cortina Productions; script by Dwight Young
Louise DuPont Crowninshield Award
Mark Michel and Jane Blaffer Owen
Both Mark Michel and Jane Blaffer Owen have expertly combined vision, action and leadership to launch highly ambitious initiatives that protect some of the nation's most precious—and fragile—historic treasures.
John H. Chafee Trustees Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy
Andrew Potts, Washington, DC
From the corridors of the Capitol to corporate offices, Andrew Potts has provided informed, impassioned advocacy to save buildings and bring neighborhoods back to life.
Trustees Award for Organizational Excellence
Gifford Park Association, Elgin, IL
The all-volunteer Gifford Park Association creatively and innovatively revamped its historic neighborhood. Today, Elgin is a proud showplace for preservation and stands as a model for what vision and hard work can achieve.
Trustee Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites
Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers, FL
A recently completed $10 million effort rescued the side-by-side winter estates of two of history's most inventive and influential geniuses, transforming the site into a premier education center and community resource.
National Trust/HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
Curley School Project, Ajo, AZ
The pride and joy of a small mining town when it opened in 1919, the Curley School was forced to close its doors when hard times hit in the 1980s. Reclaiming the building was a risky proposition, but an array of public and private partners came together to reopen the School as the centerpiece of a community-wide revitalization effort.
National Trust /ACHP Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation
V-Site Restoration Project, Los Alamos, NM
A small cluster of buildings, the V-Site was where the world's first plutonium bombs were assembled during World War II. After the War ended, the buildings stood empty and threatened with demolition until an innovative preservation partnership ensured that time would stand still in a place where the world changed forever.
National Preservation Honor Awards
Arkansas Heritage SITES, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR
This innovative program has made significant progress in protecting the cultural assets of the rural Arkansas Delta while sparking economic revitalization, heritage tourism and spinoff business development in nearby communities.
William, Gayle and Carl Cook, Bloomington, IN
In the mid 1990s, the Cook family began helping the Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana rescue the collapsing West Baden Springs and French Lick Springs Hotels. Thanks to this never-say-die family, two historic treasures have been saved and economic prosperity has returned to the community.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center, Cortez, CO
Dedicated to the research of the ancestral American Indian experience, the Center's pioneering collaboration with American Indian tribes and innovative outreach efforts continue to broaden understanding of ancient cultures and teach the importance of preserving fragile archaeological sites.
Ford Assembly Building, Richmond, CA
In an exemplary preservation turn-around, the building that once manufactured exhaust-spewing internal-combustion engines now houses a number of "green" businesses and a popular entertainment venue, all of which are revitalizing the local economy.
General Services Administration's Modern-Era Buildings Initiative, Washington, DC
When local preservationists protested the GSA's plan to alter part of a 1965 federal building in Denver, CO, the organization decided to take a serious look at its portfolio of Modern-era buildings. The result was a comprehensive initiative that laid a strong foundation for the stewardship of federally owned buildings from the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County, Franklin, TN
Among the largest and most successful preservation groups in the country, this grassroots organization has fought for 40 years to protect the county's rural legacy from urban sprawl.
Kansas Army National Guard, Topeka, KS
In America's heartland, the National Guard has added historic preservation to the long list of services it provides. The preservation plans the Guard drew up while surveying its 49 armories, registering the qualified ones, and restoring two are landmark documents that have since been distributed in other states as models of their kind.
Museum at Eldridge Street, New York, NY
When it opened in 1887, the Eldridge Street Synagogue was an island of grandeur on Manhattan's Lower East Side. But as the congregation moved away, the synagogue fell into disuse and the termites and pigeons took over. Now, a 20-year effort has returned the building to its original glory.
Oak Court, Dallas, TX
Over the years, a number of insensitive alterations dimmed the luster of this modernist masterpiece but a meticulous restoration has returned the residence, including its iconic floating dining room table, to the grandeur that won critical raves a half-century ago.
Partners for Sacred Places, Philadelphia, PA
Partners for Sacred Places, the only national organization dedicated to the preservation and effective use of historic religious buildings, has helped thousands of congregations nationwide preserve their sites, thereby creating a new movement within the preservation field.
Pasadena City Hall, Pasadena, CA
More than 70 years of heavy use and the ever-present threat of earthquakes put Pasadena's City Hall at serious risk. After a 10-year, $117.5 million renovation to strengthen the landmark against future seismic activity while restoring its historic features, City Hall gleams anew.
Roma Visitors' Center and Plaza, Roma, TX
In 1976, a misguided remodeling destroyed much of the 2-block long plaza located along the banks of the Rio Grande, but an innovative project has rejuvenated the heart of this Texas border town and the plaza is a dynamic gathering place for citizens and visitors once again.
TWA Corporate Headquarters Building, Kansas City, MO
An exemplary rehabilitation has brought viable new life to a building that was once slated for demolition. This preservation triumph in America's heartland celebrates the recent past while pointing the way to a sustainable future.
Union Station, Springfield, IL
Over the years, passing time and changing lifestyles turned Springfield's Union Station into an eyesore. But now, preservation has returned this treasured landmark to its rightful role as a downtown anchor and focus of community pride.
Washington Mills Building No. 1, Lawrence, MA
In a region dotted with historic mills, Washington Mills stands out. As the city's first major housing development in over 20 years, the building has been transformed into loft-style, mixed-housing apartments, bringing new life and the promise of spin-off development to the depressed community.