Don Worth of Miami, Florida to Receive Preservation Honor Award

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

The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement to Don Worth, co-founder of the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, who has worked hard and with great passion to restore the Miami Marine Stadium.  The project is one of 18 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2013 National Preservation Conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Miami Marine Stadium is a sentimental favorite of many Miami residents. Thousands once viewed power boat races, attended Easter sunrise services or experienced their first concert under the stadium’s signature roof of cantilevered concrete. Designed by Cuban-American architect, Hilario Candela, the stadium is now viewed as a masterwork of civic architecture and modern construction. Yet this unique site has been closed for 20 years –something Don Worth is working to reverse with the help of his wife Nina.

The Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement will be presented to Don Worth for his tireless effort to restore the stadium. His efforts over the past year have all pointed to one goal: take the stadium from almost certain demolition to a rebirth as a vibrant entertainment venue. In this role, Worth has worked closely with Hilario Candela and National Trust Trustee, Jorge Hernandez, to come up with a viable reuse plan for the Stadium. After tireless education, advocacy and outreach, the group scored a major victory in July when the Miami city commissioners voted 4-1 to give the Friends group control over the full site.

“When Don Worth organized the Friends of Miami Marine Stadium to advocate for the stadium’s restoration, the odds of saving it seemed daunting,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Success always requires creative, dedicated leadership—and that is what Don has provided in his tireless campaign for the restoration of the Miami Marine Stadium. Thanks to the efforts Don and many others have put into the campaign to save Miami Marine Stadium, for the first time in two decades, the future is looking bright for this beloved place.”

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 citizens’ 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


The 2013 National Preservation Award Winners:

Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award: Richard Moe, Washington, D.C.

National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation: Presidio Public Health Service District, San Francisco, Calif.

The American Express Aspire Award: Recognizing Emerging Leaders in Historic Preservation: Alison King, Phoenix, Ariz.   

Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement in Historic Preservation: Don Worth – Friends of Miami Marine Stadium, Miami, Fl.

National Trust/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation: Riverside Plaza, Minneapolis, Minn.

Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence: Cleveland Restoration Society, Cleveland, Ohio.  

The Tony Goldman Award: The Maritime, New Orleans, LA.

Trustees Emeritus Award for Excellence in the Stewardship of Historic Sites: Los Poblanos Historic Inn and Organic Farm, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM.



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