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

Historic Athens Facebook

AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT

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

DATES TBD

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

51st Annual Athens Preservation Awards Will Be Held Virtually

 

 

June 13, 2020

Historic Athens to host 51st Preservation Awards live online

PRESERVATION AWARD CATEGORIES

OUTSTANDING

REHABILITATION

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.

OUTSTANDING ADAPTIVE

REUSE OF A

HISTORIC BUILDING

OUTSTANDING RESTORATION

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.

STEWARDSHIP

OUTSTANDING

NEW

CONSTRUCTIONIN A

HISTORIC AREA

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.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT

PUBLICATIONS AND

PROGRAMS

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.

GRASSROOTS PRESERVATION

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS IN PRESERVATION

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.

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