ASM International Headquarters, in Materials Park, Ohio, to Receive Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to present award at its national conference

Washington, D.C. – The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Preservation Honor Award for the restoration of the ASM International Headquarters in Materials Park, Ohio.  The project is one of 22 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2012 National Preservation Conference next week in Spokane, Wash.

In 1959, as America’s space program captivated the nation, a small town in Ohio saw the creation of a building that looked as though it came straight from outer space: the American Society for Metals Headquarters. This visionary complex featured a semi-circular office building and a Buckminster Fuller-designed geodesic dome.

But just a few decades later, due to outdated systems and skyrocketing energy costs, ASM International was considering moving elsewhere. Local developer Michael Chesler contacted ASM to encourage the building’s preservation and to alert the company to the fact that at nearly 50 years of age, it was about to become eligible for listing in the National Register—opening the door for state and federal tax credits.

Repairs and restorations began on the original metal surfaces and the historic plate glass windows. Sustainable improvements cut heating and cooling costs by 50%, and characteristics of the original layout were restored. Chesler wanted to let the building speak for itself – and at 52 years old, the ASM Headquarters still has plenty to say.

“While each is unique, this year’s outstanding Honor Award winners all reflect the importance of protecting what is special and irreplaceable,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “Whether it’s the restoration of an iconic post office in Philadelphia or the transformation of a Greyhound bus station into a Civil Rights museum in Montgomery, this year’s Honor Award winners demonstrate how saving places is bolstering local economies and creating jobs in communities across the country.” 

The award will be presented to The Chesler Group at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Spokane, Wash., on Friday, November 2.

Co-recipients are: ASM International; Chesler Construction; and Dimit Architects.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at www.PreservationNation.org/awards.

THE 2012 NATIONAL PRESERVATION AWARD WINNERS:

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Donovan Rypkema, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation: Montgomery Greyhound Bus Station--Freedom Rides Museum, Montgomery, Ala.

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Preservation: M. Rosalind Sagara, Riverside, Calif.  

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Enid Pinkney, Coral Gables, Fl.

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Saint Luke’s Manor, Cleveland.

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: The Preservation Alliance of Minnesota, Saint Paul, Minn. 

John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy: John Andrew Gallery, Philadelphia.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: The Jane Addams Hull House, Chicago.

THE 2012 NATIONAL PRESERVATION HONOR AWARD WINNERS:

30th Street Main Post Office, Philadelphia.

ASM International Headquarters, Materials Park, Ohio.

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center, Chicago.

Leavenworth Building 19, Leavenworth, Kan.

Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island’s Preservation of Duey’s Home, Hilton Head Island, S.C.

The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Mason City, Iowa.

Main Building at Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio.

Market Square Place, Pittsburgh.

New Orleans U.S. Custom House, New Orleans.

Oswego Iron Furnace, Lake Oswego, Ore. 

Accident Fund National Headquarters/Ottawa Street Power Station, Lansing, Mich.

SIERR Building at McKinstry Station, Spokane, Wash.

Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity, Kansas City, Mo.

Washington State Heritage Barn Preservation Initiative, Wash.  

 

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