Enid Pinkney of Coral Gables, Fla., to Receive Preservation Honor Award

National Trust for Historic Preservation to Present Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement at National Conference

Washington, D.C. – The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its 2012 Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement to Enid Pinkney of Coral Gables, Florida.  Dr. Pinkney 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 the 1960s, South Beach was swinging to the sounds of Lena Horne and Cab Calloway. But because of segregation, these renowned musicians couldn’t stay at the hotels where they performed, so they went to the Hampton House Motel in nearby Brownsville. Originally opened in 1954, the Hampton House was one of a handful of motels that catered to African American celebrities, from athletes like Jackie Robinson and Muhammad Ali, to Civil Rights leaders like Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. But by 1972, the Hampton House was closed and abandoned. In 2001, Dade County issued a demolition order for the property.

This prompted local preservationist Dr. Enid Pinkney to spring into action to save the hotel. Dr. Pinkney formed the Historic Hampton House Community Trust, and under her leadership, the group secured a stay of demolition, convinced the county to purchase the property, helped obtain local designation for the site, and received state and county funds for its preservation. When the $7.5 million project is complete, the site will serve as a local cultural center. Dr. Pinkney’s work at the Hampton House is a perfect example of the commitment, enthusiasm and perseverance she applies to preserving historic sites in her community. Like the legendary performers and activists who once frequented the Hampton House, she is truly making a difference. 
 “Thanks to the vision and leadership of Enid Pinkney, the legendary Hampton House is well on its way to becoming a preservation success story” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  “Her work at the Hampton House is a great example of the commitment, enthusiasm and perseverance she brings to the preservation of important places in her community.”

The award will be presented at the National Preservation Awards ceremony in Spokane, Washington, on Friday, November 2.

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.


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.


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.  



The National Trust for Historic Preservation, a privately funded nonprofit organization, works to save America’s historic places. PreservationNation.org, @SavingPlaces