52nd Annual Preservation Awards

Welcome! You are invited to join the Historic Athens Team and Board in congratulating and learning about 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 the award categories below.


​Traditionally held on a single evening at the Morton Theater in Downtown Athens, this year, join us for a multi-night online, interactive awards series on

 Historic Athens Facebook.

Join in the celebration by nominating a project, person, or publication for a 52nd Annual Preservation Award. Nominations will be open from April 1 to April 23.

Help us celebrate the Classic City's diverse heritage and advocate for its preservation each by becoming a Preservation Awards sponsor!

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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.





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.



The category recognizes projects that exhibit sensitive and creative solutions to older or historic buildings without
compromising integrity or character. A broad range of work will be considered, including incorporating issues of
sustainability, technology, and integration of accessibility improvements.