2011 National Preservation Awards
Special Category Awards
LOUISE DU PONT CROWNINSHIELD AWARD
NEW YORK, NEW YORK
Few philanthropists have done more for the preservation movement than Robert Wilson. He has helped the World Monuments Fund save irreplaceable monuments worldwide, and enabled the New York Landmarks Conservancy to restore beloved religious landmarks closer to home, thanks to his support of their Sacred Sites program.
Moreover, his $5 million matching grant to the National Trust’s Partners in the Field program put boots on the ground in 30 states, helping to protect more than 1,600 historic places nationwide. Wilson’s grants have transformed the organizations that protect America’s cultural heritage, building a stronger, more mature movement in the process. The benefits of his vision will be felt for generations to come.
American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Preservation
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
Evan Thompson began his career as a lawyer in private practice, but it didn’t take long for him to realize that his true calling was historic preservation. In his first year as head of the Preservation Society of Charleston, he has emerged as an influential voice in the city, and under his leadership the 90-year-old society has a newly central role in determining Charleston’s future.
Trustees’ Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites
The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA
The Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation was created in 1963 with the initial charge of restoring the Presidio, the Spanish colonial fort where the city was founded. Since then, the group has become the caretaker of the town’s historic buildings and the diverse stories they tell.
Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence
Guam Preservation Trust
The Guam Preservation Trust has not only provided funding for capital preservation projects throughout the island, but also built a sense of pride for Guam’s unique history and culture.
National Trust Board of Advisors’ Award
An abandoned 1887 brewery in East Baltimore was restored and reused as headquarters for Humanim, a social services organization with roots in the community.
Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation
Working tirelessly and on a completely volunteer basis, Pamela Bates has ensured the preservation, perpetuation, and revitalization of Lowell's Boat Shop in Amesbury, Massachusetts.
John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy
Defenders of New Mexico Heritage & Wilderness Battlefield Coalition
Two advocacy coalitions from opposite ends of the country—Defenders of New Mexico Heritage and Virginia’s Wilderness Battlefield Coalition—proved what grassroots preservation advocacy can achieve. The Wilderness Battlefield Coalition worked to protect the historic Wilderness Battlefield in the face of encroachment by Walmart. The Defenders of New Mexico Heritage worked to defeat legislative erosion of New Mexico’s historic preservation laws, saving sites such as New Mexico’s Mount Taylor.
National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
Using creative financing such as historic and low-income tax credits, the Volunteer Ministry Center rehabilitated Minvilla Manor into a 57-unit permanent supportive housing development with offices and community space, spurring revitalization in the surrounding community.
National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation
Fort A.P. Hill -- Camden Innovative Preservation Project
CAMDEN/FORT A.P. HILL, VIRGINIA
Partnering with Virginia Department of Historic Resources, The Conservation Fund, and the community, the Army accomplished on-post Section 106 mitigation through an off-post conservation easement, preserving the rural historic landscape and Indian village within an archaeological district in Camden, Virginia.
2011 National Preservation Honor Awards
Ghost Ranch Lodge
The historic Ghost Ranch Lodge, originally designed by renowned Swiss architect Josias Joesler in 1941, was rehabilitated and converted into much-needed affordable senior housing.
Downtown Women's Center
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
The Downtown Women's Center Project restored and renovated a dilapidated, six-story historic shoe factory to provide housing and offer supportive services to homeless women on Los Angeles' Skid Row.
HistoriCorps is a model public/private partnership that puts people to work to save long-neglected historic buildings on public lands. Supported by resources from the U.S. Forest Service, volunteers put vacant and under-utilized buildings back into public use as vacation rentals, recreation facilities, or interpretative sites.
The Dubuque Roshek Building
Dubuque Initiatives, Inc. restored and rehabilitated a nine-story, significantly outdated department store in downtown Dubuque, Iowa, into a modern international call center for IBM and a retail destination reminiscent of its former opulence.
Lower Washington Street Theater Revitalization
Boston’s Modern, Paramount, and Opera House theaters, recognized collectively in 1995 as one of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust, have been brought back into active use while maintaining their historic integrity.
Thompson Falls High Bridge Rehabilitation Project
THOMPSON FALLS, MONTANA
The rehabilitation of the century-old Parker-Pratt Deck Truss High Bridge over the Clark Fork River exemplifies 30 years of persistent vision, partnerships, and fundraising perseverance.
ACWORTH, NEW HAMPSHIRE
After discovering that the steeple of the 1821 Acworth Meetinghouse was in imminent danger of collapse, the residents of Acworth, New Hampshire, jumped into action. The Acworth Meetinghouse Restoration Project resulted in a million-dollar, full-building restoration in a rural community of only 900 people.
Louis I. Kahn Bath House and Day Camp
EWING TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY
Louis Kahn’s Bath House and day camp were Modernist marvels when they were constructed for the Trenton Jewish Community Center in the mid-1950s. Thanks to the cooperation of groups in Princeton, New Jersey, the Bath House’s 38-acre site is now beautifully restored as a senior center and summer camp.
The Darwin Martin House
BUFFALO, NEW YORK
The Darwin Martin House is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie-era masterpiece. Thanks to the work of the Martin House Restoration Corporation, this architectural gem was saved though a 20-year restoration and is once again open to the public.
Community Properties of Ohio
Community Properties of Ohio has rehabbed more than 200 buildings over a seven year period in Columbus, Ohio. These rehabilitations have provided housing for 1,300 families, and have had a significant impact on multiple Columbus neighborhoods.
Seashore Farmers' Lodge
CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
In the years after the Civil War, the Seashore Farmers' Lodge served as the community center of the South Carolina Lowcountry community of Sol Legare. Thanks to a true community effort, the Lodge has been restored and is once again central to the community, serving as a cultural center and museum.
Green Revival House
In the wake of Hurricane Ike, the Galveston Historical Foundation transformed an 1891 cottage into the Green Revival House. The house is the first historic home renovation in the country to earn LEED Platinum certification and has drawn thousands of visitors.
Rockhill Creamery, a micro-dairy and artisanal cheese operation, is bringing Utah’s rich agricultural heritage to life. Owners Pete Shropp and Jennifer Hines have painstakingly restored and re-purposed seven historic structures on their property, and Rockhill Creamery has become a community centerpiece in the Cache Valley.