Preservation Excellence: Awarding the Best in the Field for 2022
Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award
The Louise du Pont Crowninshield Award is the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest recognition. Named for one of the National Trust's founding trustees, the award is made with the greatest care and only when there is indisputable evidence of superlative achievement in the preservation and interpretation of our historic, architectural, or maritime heritage.
Peter and Isabel Malkin | Greenwich, Connecticut
Peter and Isabel Malkin spent decades preserving of some of the most iconic structures and landscapes in the United States, including Connecticut’s Merritt Parkway, the Empire State Building, the National Trust Historic Site Lyndhurst, the National Historic Landmark Bush-Holley House, and many other historic places in Greenwich, Connecticut, New York City, and elsewhere. Their impressive real estate development work, quiet yet profound philanthropy, talent for uniting donors with preservationists and the public, and stalwart support of preservation organizations have demonstrated their lifelong commitment to the preservation of historic places, with an impressive track record of preservation successes.
Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards
The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Awards, the nation’s most coveted and prestigious awards, are bestowed on historic preservation efforts that demonstrate excellence in execution and a positive impact on the vitality of their towns and cities. Read more about this year’s Driehaus awardees in the fall issue of Preservation magazine.
Paul R. Williams Apartments | Los Angeles, California
Primary Recipients: Hollywood Community Housing Corporation
Co-recipients: M2a Architects; Historic Resources Group; Councilmember Curren D. Price Jr., City of Los Angeles, Council District 9
The creative and adaptive reuse of the Paul R. Williams-designed 1934 Angelus Funeral Home, which was one of the largest Black-owned businesses in Los Angeles for 30 years, into affordable housing preserves an integral component of the city’s African American community. The result is a 41-unit multi-family residential development of service-enriched low- to very low-income housing, which was financed with federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credits and Federal Historic Tax Credits.
Nome Schoolhouse | Nome, North Dakota
Primary Recipients: Teresa Perleberg & Chris Armbrust, Shepherd Industries, LLC.
A 100-year-old abandoned schoolhouse in rural North Dakota sat empty for 50 years until two local women businessowners purchased it to adapt the building into a retreat center focused on sustainable fiber arts practices, increasing tourism in the rural 42-person town of Nome, spurring new economic development, and inspiring other non-traditional preservationists to take part in saving historic places for community and sustainable uses.
Old Cook County Hospital | Chicago, Illinois
Primary Recipients: Murphy Development Group
Co-recipients: Civic Health Development Group Murphy Development Group; Walsh Investors; MB Real Estate; Plenary Group; Granite; Walsh Construction; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM); Wiss, Janey, Elstner Associates; KOO LLC; Engage Civil Inc.; Rubinos & Mesia Engineers Inc.; MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC
The adaptive reuse and rehabilitation of the 1914 Old Cook County Hospital, a brick and terra-cotta-faced Classical Revival landmark spearheaded by Civic Health Development Group, preserves an enduring symbol of the vital role of public hospitals in providing medical care to under-served populations. The hospital has a long history of inclusivity, including supporting immigrant populations, being one of the few hospitals in Chicago that did not discriminate based on race during the Jim Crow era, and pioneering support for female medical professionals. The $1 billion redevelopment produced two Hyatt-branded hotels, a large suite of medical offices, a museum dedicated to the legacy of the building, a daycare center, and food hall.
Emerging Leaders in Historic Preservation Award
The Emerging Leaders in Historic Preservation Award recognizes emerging preservation leaders who demonstrate innovative thinking and achievement in advancing historic preservation in their local, state, or national communities.
Angela Lee | Durham, North Carolina
Angela Lee is a nonprofit leader and North Carolina original who entered the field of historic preservation in 2013 at the helm of Durham’s Hayti Heritage Center. Lee’s initial five-year plan brought financial stability, organizational improvements, new programming, and a significant audience increase for the organization. Of particular note, Lee also focused attention on the restoration and renovation of the Hayti Center’s 1891 St. Joseph's AME building, which is the last remaining structure from Durham's Black Wall Street.
The National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation
This award, presented in partnership with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, honors a project or program in which a federal agency and one or more non-federal partners, including tribes, have together achieved an exemplary preservation outcome.
Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site | Chicago, Illinois
Primary recipients: National Park Service
Co-recipients: Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives; National Park Foundation
The Pullman company was known for creating luxurious railcars, but its workers would help form a lasting impact on American life through their ingenuity, solidarity, and spirit. Built in 1880 as a company town, Pullman, Illinois, became a manufacturing hub for rail transport, and a thriving residential community outfitted with all the luxuries of middle-class life, including shopping, entertainment, parks, and indoor plumbing.
In 2015, President Obama designated Pullman a National Monument and in 2021, through combined efforts of the National Park Service, the Illinois Department of National Resources, and Pullman’s community organizations, the Administration Clock Tower Building and factory grounds re-opened as the Pullman National Monument and State Historic Site. It stands today as an enduring monument to Pullman’s role in United States labor history, its impact on urban planning, and its role in the economic empowerment of Black workers.
Trustees’ Award for Organizational Excellence
The Trustees' Award for Organizational Excellence recognizes a nonprofit organization, large or small, that has demonstrated sustained and superlative achievement in historic preservation.
The NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project is a nationally recognized and influential cultural heritage initiative and educational resource that identifies and documents diverse extant LGBT sites from the 17th century to 2000. The only permanent organization of its kind in the US, the project staff have created an interactive website, National Register nominations, publications and public programs, and school educational materials, among other resources. Sitting at the intersection of historic preservation and social justice, the organization has been particularly eager to document LGBT sites associated with women and Black, Asian, Latinx, trans, and gender-variant communities. In the near future, they hope to prioritize local sites of LGBT history associated with Indigenous and Two Spirit Peoples.
Trustees Emeritus Award for Historic Site Stewardship
The Trustees Emeritus Award for Historic Site Stewardship recognizes success and innovation in historic preservation, management, and programming at historic sites.
Calvary Center for Culture and Community | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
A group of Philadelphians rallied together in the year 2000 to form the nonprofit Calvary Center for Culture and Community (CCCC). Their goal: save the Calvary Methodist Church, a 1907 gothic gem in West Philadelphia that had suffered from years of underinvestment. Thanks to CCCC’s stewardship of the historic site, much of the building has been restored, four healthy congregations call the church home, and CCCC has partnered with a wide array of community organizations to activate the site in service to the surrounding neighborhoods and beyond. In addition to their laudable preservation work, CCCC’s efforts have had a significant and measurable economic impact on nearby businesses, which benefit from the greatly increased numbers of visitors to the restored church.
John H. Chafee Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy
The John H. Chafee Award for Outstanding Achievement in Public Policy recognizes an individual or group of individuals who have done outstanding work in preservation advocacy.
Arizona Preservation Foundation | Phoenix, Arizona
The Arizona Preservation Foundation has made outstanding contributions to historic preservation through their public policy work at the federal, state, and local levels. In partnership with preservationists across the state and country, the foundation has long advocated for preserving diverse historic places throughout the state.
Their work includes legal advocacy that stalled demolition of the Mountain View Officers' Club at Fort Huachuca, a push to designate the Great Bend of the Gila as a national monument, and calling on Congress to reconsider a land exchange included in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 that would threaten Oak Flat, a sacred site to the San Carlos Apache and other Native American tribes, by copper mining. The organization is also very active in similar preservation and built environment issues at the state and local level.
Congratulations to all!
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