The Tony Goldman Award

The Tony Goldman Award celebrates historic tax credit projects that embody a bold, large-scale approach to historic preservation that catalyzes entire commercial districts through their cultural diversity, pedestrian experience and use of the visual arts.

The award honors the legacy of Tony Goldman, who was a visionary entrepreneur, preservationist, restaurateur, hotelier, and world class placemaker. Mr. Goldman’s work reflects how he thought of projects in terms of neighborhoods, focusing on commercial districts rather than individual buildings. His love for the arts and historic architecture, as experienced through the eyes of the pedestrian, is palpable in all of his real estate success stories – from the rebirth of SoHo in the 1970s and the renaissance of South Beach in the 1980s to the launch of Miami’s Wynwood Art District in the 2000s. Tony had a knack for spinning gold out of straw, transforming forgotten communities into the internationally renowned destinations that we know today.

The award jury is particularly interested in nominations that:

  • Showcase historic preservation as a strategy to renew the viability of diverse older neighborhoods
  • Revitalize the livability of older communities
  • Protect historic resources on America’s public lands
  • Meet community needs through the rehabilitation and active use of individual landmarks
  • Demonstrate that older buildings are excellent examples of “green” and sustainable construction
  • Demonstrate that historic preservation supports economic, environmental and cultural sustainability in communities
  • Broaden the ethnic and cultural diversity of historic preservation
  • Use innovative, replicable strategies that create new models for historic site interpretation, stewardship, and/or reuse
  • Involve properties that benefited from the Historic Preservation Tax Incentives Program, which promotes historic preservation and community revitalization by encouraging private investment in historic building rehabilitation

In addition to the general evaluation criteria outlined under the National Preservation Honor Awards category (listed above), the following criteria apply to the Goldman Award nominees:

  • Outstanding achievement in the historic rehabilitation of a commercial building that anchors and revitalizes the surrounding commercial district
  • Projects that showcase historic preservation as a strategy to renew culturally diverse neighborhood
  • Projects that enhance the pedestrian experience
  • Boldness in the scale and scope of a preservation-based community revitalization plan
  • Successful adaptive reuse of historic properties that promote heritage tourism, such as hotels and restaurants
  • Projects that utilize the Historic Tax Credit
  • Long-term projects or programs are eligible if substantial achievements have been made within the last three years.

Nominations should specify all partners contributing to the success of the project or program. List significant partners as co-nominees and provide contact information for each.

Note: All nominations received for The Tony Goldman Award category that are not selected will be considered in the judging for the National Preservation Honor Awards, unless the nominator requests otherwise by checking the appropriate box on the nomination form. All other award nominations submitted for special category awards will only be considered in that category.