51st Annual Preservation Awards
Welcome! You are invited to join the Historic Athens team and board in congratulating and learning about over a dozen award-winning historic preservation projects.
The Preservation Awards, a signature annual event of Historic Athens, highlights the best preservation projects from the past year and the stories behind them. Read more about award categories below.
Traditionally held on a single
evening at the Morton Theatre in Downtown Athens, this year's Athens Preservation Awards is
introducing engaging and memorable online content over the course of several weeks in June and July.
Participate in our multi-night, online interactive awards series on
Director Tommy Valentine
Manhattan Café @
Historic Hot Corner
June 15, 2020 • 6:00PM - 7:00PM
WINNER INTERVIEW SERIES
Past Award Winner David Matheny
JUNE 22, 2020 - JUNE 26, 2020
6:00 PM Nightly
WINNER SPOTLIGHT VIDEO SERIES
Watch live, ask questions, make
comments or watch on your own time!
Celebrate and Learn About
Historic Preservation in the Classic City!
June 2, 2020
June 13, 2020
PRESERVATION AWARD CATEGORIES
The category honors excellence in the wholesale rehabilitation of a structure. Rehabilitation is defined as the act of returning a dilapidated, neglected, and/or damaged property to a state of utility through repair or alteration, which makes possible an efficient, contemporary use while preserving those portions or features that are significant to its historical, architectural and cultural integrity. Whenever possible, projects should comply with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
The category recognizes the successful adaptive reuse of a historic building for a new purpose. Projects will be judged on the basis of sensitivity to the building’s character-defining features and architectural integrity, innovative design solutions, and impact on the local community. Examples may include: a gas station to a restaurant, a warehouse to shared office space, a residential building to an inn, etc.
REUSE OF A
Restoration is defined as: “The act or process of accurately recovering the form and details of a property and its setting as it appeared at a particular period of time by means of the removal of later work or by the replacement of missing earlier work.” This award is presented to restoration projects of exemplary quality completed in the course
of the last three years. Consistent employment of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Restoration is a necessary qualification.
The award for Stewardship is given to an individual or organization in recognition of exceptional long-term care of a historic property, structure, or site in the strictest sense of preservation.
Exclusively for new construction, this category recognizes architectural designs in a local historic district, National Register District, or older neighborhood that are contemporary yet compatible to their surroundings. Projects may include an individual structure or an addition to a historic structure.
Considerations for individual structures include scale, massing, setback, materials, roof shape, window openings and compatibility of overall design.
Considerations for additions to historic structures include subordinance to the original structure,
massing, materials, roof shape, window openings and compatibility of overall design.
Recognizing exemplary activities in the field of historic preservation, this award is presented to persons, groups, businesses, and government entities for a wide variety of projects and accomplishments. Examples may include:
Contribution to the advancement of and/or having a positive impact on the field of historic preservation.
Consistent employment of standard preservation practices, particularly those stipulated in the Secretary of the
Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties
Completion of historic preservation-related projects that involve a broad scope and/or scale.
The category honors innovative and successful programs/publications that make a lasting contribution to ourknowledge and understanding of local history, heritage and historic preservation. Examples include printedmaterials, websites, social media efforts, and educational workshops.
The category honors individuals or groups that have used collective action to make a significant contribution to
local preservation and heritage through education and advocacy campaigns.