NAPC's Commission Excellence Awards program recognizes and honors outstanding efforts and achievements by local preservation, historic district, and landmark commissions and boards of architectural review, as well as individual preservationists doing exemplary work at the federal, state and municipal levels.
Over the years, Margo has helped shepherd the creation of many of Cincinnati’s historic districts and the listing of numerous local landmarks, including Daniel Burnham’s First National Bank Building, the Duttenhoffer Building and St. Marks Church.
As if there was not enough work at the Cincinnati Preservation Association, Margo has served on the historic review board of both Bellevue and Newport, Kentucky, and has been a key organizer of the Northern Kentucky Restoration Weekend.
Margo has not only been an inspiration for young professionals; she is a mentor to every preservationist in the region. She freely gives her guidance and encouragement; and inspires those to follow in her footsteps.
Noré Winter has worked in over 150 communities across 48 states and Canada; ranging from large city projects to small private developments; and from Aspen, Colorado to Anchorage, Alaska. An urban designer and planner, he specializes in community character and historic preservation.
With a Bachelor’s in Architecture and a Master’s in Architecture and Urban Design, Noré started his firm Winter & Company in 1986. Over his remarkable career, he has demonstrated an aptitude for working with municipalities to develop preservation policies and implementation strategies that meet their individual needs.
He is recognized for preparing context-sensitive guidelines and standards, and his urban designs demonstrate his ability to capture the essence of a community, which encourages engagement and action. One of his great strengths is how he uses public meetings, workshops and stakeholder interviews to help communities work as a team and develop positive problem-solving techniques.
In 1981, Victor “Vic” Canfield began his 37 years of service on Covington’s Urban Design Review Board, including 25 years as the Board Chair.
Victor’s institutional knowledge guided not only the Board, but also City administration and staff. Under his leadership, historic districts were added to the local and national registers, design guidelines were updated multiple times, and there was a consistent and ongoing effort to educate the public on the history of Covington and the benefits of historic preservation.
Victor’s leadership in the community did not stop with his work on the Board. In 1974, he was a charter member of the Covington Avenue Properties Partnership, one of the City’s pioneering historic preservation groups. The Partnership undertook 15 projects with the goal of moving neglected properties from the hands of absentee landlords to homeowners.
Victor also served as the Archivist, Historian, and Facilities Manager for Mother of God Catholic Church. In 1986, a fire at the church destroyed the roof and caused significant damage. Victor co-chaired the $1.5 million restoration of the Church.
Thanks to Victor’s volunteer leadership, younger generations are able to experience the sense of place and history of Covington.
Since its inception in 1984, the El Dorado, Arkansas Historic District Commission has surveyed and listed three historic districts and 12 individual properties on the National Register, helped to transform the area now known as the Murphy Arts and Entertainment District, developed a city-wide historic preservation plan, and has begun identifying significant remaining historic and cultural resources beginning in the St. Louis area, one of El Dorado’s original African American neighborhoods.
The Decatur Historic Preservation Committee was honored with the award for its work in creating an educational booklet to highlight the City’s rich architectural history and celebrate the City’s Bicentennial. With support from a Certified Local Government grant, the project focused on the city’s broader cultural landscape. It also included stories the community might not know about, including the work of an early African American architect, Jewish shop owner, the transformation of an 1887 livery stable into an Art Deco movie theatre, and the vintage 1950s era neon sign for Bob Gibson’s BBQ.
To engage children, the City Council created a city-wide coloring contest using the booklet. Over 140 elementary students entered the contest, and submissions were displayed throughout downtown. While targeted to children, the Commission’s project for Decatur’s Bicentennial ignited interest in the city’s architecture in all ages. The City’s innovative outreach effort, which had to overcome unprecedented obstacles presented by the pandemic, was creative, and will help cultivate future preservationists!
NAPC honored Salem Historic Landmarks Commission for its efforts to improve the identification and protection of archaeological resources. This work began with the extraordinary step of funding the education and training of their Preservation Officer, Kimberli Fitzgerald, to become a professional archaeologist in 2018. Together, Ms. Fitzgerald and the Commission updated the City’s preservation plan, ordinance, and internal policies and procedures relating to the protection of Salem’s archaeological resources. They also developed a public archaeology educational program, a map of known and suspected archaeological resource locations, and an archaeological roundtable with representatives from the confederated tribes in the area.
The Cortez Historic Preservation Board proved that preservation boards in small towns, with no preservation staff and limited budgets can still accomplish a great deal. With the help of grants, the Cortez Historic Preservation Board started inventorying historic properties on First and Second Streets within the original townsite. The project was later expanded to include all pre-1974 structures, and 17 high priority auto/tourism resources. Through their work, the Town of Cortez has engaged the community, highlighted the breadth of history and cultural resources the town offers, and laid the groundwork for continued preservation planning and public education.
Louisville-Jefferson County Metro Historic Landmarks & Preservation Districts Commission was honored for its work developing a program to identify and register historic places, placing an emphasis on underrepresented areas and creative survey techniques. In addition, commission staff created a GIS story map to help with public outreach and engagement; the map enables individuals to identify resources that are significant to the community. Through these efforts approximately 12,474 buildings have been surveyed in four years, and nearly 9,000 listed on the National Register.
Little Rock’s Historic Sites Viewer is a terrific application that informs city planning activities but is also a robust public education tool bringing history alive and allowing residents to explore the many layers of Little Rock’s history. The app provides the public with access to historical information about individual properties including National Register nominations, historic photographs, archival material and related sites.
What’s most exciting is the use of maps that illustrate the development of the city over time. The base map is initially a street map, but this can be converted to a current aerial map. For users wanting to know more about how the city was originally laid out, they can pull up a base map derived from the General Land Office plat maps. Another map allows users to click on a street to see historic photographs and an explanation of how that street got its name. Streetcar routes from 1884 to 1940 are also marked on a map. An animated feature allows a user to watch the city boundaries grow over time. Users can even learn about Little Rock’s business development from information derived from Sanborn maps or what has been lost through urban renewal, freeway construction, and development.
Sacramento, the capital of California, is one of the state’s fastest growing urban centers. Much of its growth is occurring in and around historic districts in the city’s core. In 2016, an infill development proposal inconsistent with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards landed on the preservation commission’s docket. The commission quickly formed a committee and adopted a series of recommendations for reviewing infill proposals. These recommendations became the impetus for Sacramento’s Historic District Plans Project, a comprehensive document to help manage future growth while preserving what made the city an attractive place to live and work.
The project was guided by the historic preservation firm Page & Turnbull which developed historic contexts, periods of significance, significance justification, and character-defining features for each district. The city’s GIS team helped develop an ArcGIS survey application for the field survey update. Another critical piece was the preparation of design guidelines to provide guidance for rehabilitation and infill development within each historic district. The final plan responds to the desire to streamline the development review process, stimulate compatible infill development in the city’s historic districts, create more predictability, and foster public confidence in the city’s design review process. This last point, increased confidence, was possible in good measure by staff and commission members who created an extensive public engagement campaign to garner broad-based support for the design concepts. Preservationists, developers, and architects alike spoke in favor of the Historic District Plans Project at the final hearing and the city council gave unanimous approval.
St. Augustine, founded in 1565, is celebrated as the oldest European settlement in the continental United States. In recognition of the city’s unique history, the city created its first comprehensive plan in 1986 that led to an archaeology ordinance, refinement of its preservation ordinance and a number of National Register designations. However, in the intervening 30 years, new pressures emerged including sea level rise, development, and an explosion of tourism, all of which threaten the city’s fragile historic resources. In response, the city embarked on an ambitious project to develop a master historic preservation plan. The breadth of the city’s resources representing thousands of years of Native American history and 450 years of European occupation made this planning effort complicated, but the resulting document is a rich examination of the city’s built environment. Along the way, the team dealt with two hurricanes that temporarily suspended work. These natural disasters only underscored the value of a preservation plan.
Developed by Preservation Design Partnership, LLC, in collaboration with the Historical Architectural Review Board and staff, the plan incorporates input from a long list of stakeholders. Online surveys with the public and professionals and more than a dozen neighborhood workshops were conducted. Coordination across government and with key staff and local experts ensured that multiple viewpoints were considered. The core of St. Augustine’s master plan are strategies intended to maximize the effectiveness of the city’s preservation program. Citywide planning and inventory, improved regulatory framework, reducing the number of demolitions, hazard mitigation, economic incentives for preservation, archaeology, education and advocacy are among the eight tactics. The plan identifies tasks for each strategy and the responsible parties. St. Augustine’s plan is a model for its depth, scope, and carefully conceived strategies to protect this important American city.
In 2018, Sarasota’s Historic Preservation Board and Planning Department commissioned a city-wide survey of Sarasota’s historic resources, fulfilling one of the most important responsibilities of a local historic preservation program. What made the Sarasota survey particularly impressive and award winning was its scope and breadth. The Preservation Board and Planning Department set out to not only update previous surveys of identified historic areas, but to document the entire city. Supported by the city’s demolition fund, a not-to-exceed budget of $200,000 was established for the project and the consultant Environmental Services, Inc was hired to undertake the survey.
A total of 11,079 historic resources were identified, 7,221 of which had not been previously recorded. Findings from the survey led consultants to recommend that in addition to the eight National Register and six local historic districts already designated, seven other areas of the city be considered for local or National Register district designation. Another aspect of the project was its focus on historic resources of the recent past. The city has an impressive collection of buildings from the Sarasota School, a significant regional architectural expression sometimes referred to as Sarasota Modern. Not only is this survey itself exemplary, it has laid the all-important groundwork for future preservation planning in the city as well as a range of public education initiatives for residents and visitors alike.
Starkville, population 59, was established in 1865 as a mining community. Colorado Fuel & Iron’s successful operation there, buoyed by the establishment of a depot for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad, supplied coal to mills and smelters across the West. By 1900, the population reached 3,200. While many mining towns were transient, Starkville was stable enough to construct a stone school in 1881 and it was that school that began the preservation journey for this small town.
Elected mayor in 2012, Crick Carlisle and the town council began to envision the dilapidated building as a town hall and a community center. The mayor recruited citizens to form a historic preservation commission and in 2016, the new commission became a certified local government. The commission applied for a CLG grant with a goal to survey the entire town which involved 30 buildings. Eleven properties were determined eligible for local listing with two of those eligible for the State Register of Historic Properties. Ed’s Tavern, the Mining Engineer’s Office, and the stone school were found eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. Architectural drawings and construction documents have been prepared for the school and the rehabilitation will soon be underway. Many small communities may think that forming a preservation commission is too much to take on, but not the small town of Starkville. It serves as a shining example that with strong will and community effort, a preservation commission can engage and revitalize even the smallest of towns.
Just north of Dallas lies the city of Plano which has a long and rich history that is preserved through the hard work and dedication of the Plano Heritage Commission. This year’s award was a result of the commission’s leadership in promoting historic preservation, protecting and supporting the city’s historic resources, and improving constituent relations.
In 2018, the Heritage Commission began a review of the city’s heritage preservation program. A major accomplishment was Preservation Plano 150, an update to the citywide preservation plan. An extensive public outreach campaign, coupled with an aggressive one-year project scope, brought residents to the table to discuss their
visions for heritage conservation in Plano. These efforts were successful, and in 2019, the Heritage Commission continued to build upon this goodwill by supporting heritage resources damaged in a series of natural disasters.
The commission has also worked to complete multiple designations, including a historic African American cemetery and has updated design standards for the Downtown Heritage District. The commission has been a lead partner in cooperative efforts between residents and developers to allow infill housing in the Downtown and Haggard Park heritage districts. Finally, Plano’s new Heritage Preservation Officer Delegation of Duties Document has saved time and has led to stronger relationships with property owners, business owners, developers, and design professionals. As a result, 74% of the certificate of appropriateness applications were approved administratively and 84% of those were processed within one day or less. Additionally, the preservation ordinance is supplemented with clear definitions and detailed processes so it can be easily understood.
The NAPC Board of Directors decided to establish a new individual award this year, in honor of G. Bernard Callan, Jr., the founder and first Board Chair of NAPC. Bernie, as he was known to his friends and family, dedicated nearly 50 years of his life to advocating for historic places and effective preservation policies and programs. He did this work as an unpaid volunteer with numerous nonprofit organizations and state, county, and municipal government boards. Bernie was instrumental in founding many of these organizations and often served in leadership positions for many years, inspiring and mentoring countless others along the way. He did this work because of his deeply held belief that preservation was vital to healthy and economically successful communities and the great personal joy he gained from leading others to that same conclusion.Bernie’s legacy of volunteerism and leadership can be felt in his home state of Maryland, as well as the many communities around the country he visited and the individuals he trained and befriended across the country while working with NAPC.Bernie passed away in February 2020. Future recipients of this award will have a demonstrated history of volunteerism in the field of historic preservation. They will be recognized as a leader by their peers and have made important and lasting contributions to the organizations they serve and the field while serving in leadership positions.They encourage others to be leaders and inspire people to be active participants in preservation organizations and programs. Bernie is the inaugural recipient of the award, and henceforth it will be called the Callan award.
Stretching eastward from the Rocky Mountains, Colorado’s Eastern Plains cover 40% of the state. The time of this area’s transition in the mid-1800s is the history that first brought Alexa Roberts to Colorado. In 1998, as an anthropologist with the National Park Service, she was assigned to record the oral histories of descendants of Arapaho and Cheyenne survivors of the infamous 1864 Sand Creek Massacre. Her assignment was part of the effort to establish a National Park Service site to memorialize the tragic event. Little did she know that she would soon be appointed superintendent of the site and that Kiowa County would become her home.
That effort itself was more than enough to keep Roberts occupied. However, she began to discover the entire history of the county. She gathered a group of interested residents and set her sights on rallying the Kiowa County Board of Commissioners to establish a historic preservation commission. A year later, the county became a Certified Local Government (CLG) with the county’s three municipalities joining through a memorandum of agreement.
Roberts immediately led a public involvement initiative conducting workshops with citizens to determine the properties residents considered important. Next came a CLG grant that surveyed 418 of those properties. Today, because of this project, six are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, five in the State Register of Historic Properties and nine as Kiowa County Historic Sites.
Roberts also wanted to bring the economic benefits of historic preservation and tourism to the county seat. She convinced the National Park Service to locate the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Visitor Center in Eads. The county purchased three vacant buildings and together with the Park Service are rehabbing them for the visitor center.
In neighboring Otero County, Roberts’ story follows a similar path. In 2007, she was appointed both Superintendent of Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site and Group Superintendent of the High Plains Group Parks. In 2012, the Otero County Historic Preservation Advisory Board formed and became a CLG. Roberts soon became its secretary and became a key leader in the update of the National Register Multi-Property Documentation Form for the Santa Fe Trail. She led public meetings and conducted research, resulting in the listing of three segments of the Trail in the National Register of Historic Places.
Roberts retired in 2018 and returned to her native New Mexico. Both commissions, however, continue to be outstanding examples of local preservation standing on the firm foundation established by Roberts, an inspiration not only to Kiowa and Otero counties and Colorado, but to commissions everywhere.
In her trailblazing work and long history of working to advance local preservation in Michigan, Nancy Finegood personifies the qualities celebrated by the John and Sue Renaud Award. During the 17 years Finegood served as the Executive Director of the Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN), the organization enjoyed a period of expansion, a higher profile across the state, and numerous accomplishments largely due to her passion and leadership.
Finegood provided sound fiscal management for MHPN and embarked on programming that enhanced the organization’s mission and generated revenue. An example is the Tax Credit Partnership Program whereby MHPN brings together private investment for rehabilitation projects. This program, in turn, generated revenue that allowed the organization to increase its staff and expand into other programming areas. MHPN’s easement program, also created by Finegood, provides protection for two dozen historic properties and has been another source of revenue for the organization.
One such program that benefited from MHPN’s financial stability under Finegood’s watch is her preservation trades initiative “Living Trades Academy.” As anyone in preservation can tell you, finding qualified craftspeople to do the work of preservation is one of our biggest challenges. With one program, Finegood succeeded in helping to address this skill deficit while making it possible for unemployed individuals to find jobs and take pride in the history of their community.
Two preservation battles underscore Finegood’s tenacity and strategic thinking. In 2011, the Michigan legislature eliminated what had been a successful state historic tax credit program. For eight years, Finegood and her staff have advocated for its reinstatement. Preservationists worked diligently and recently succeeded in having the tax credit reinstated. It was recently signed by the governor and took effect January 1, 2021.
In 2016, legislation was introduced to weaken Michigan’s local historic district protection.
Preservationists across the country were concerned that, if successful, this anti-preservation tactic might spread to other states. Finegood created a statewide response asking concerned citizens to write letters to their local newspapers, email elected officials, and post on social media. She made public statements arguing that the proposed legislation was bad public policy and had little support. Ultimately, the governor and the legislature came to hear the large and loud voice in support of local landmark protection as it had stood for more than 45 years.
For those who have met Finegood, she is uncommonly warm, generous and down to earth. Giving of information, advice and her time, she understands that preservation is stronger when we all work together.
Brookings Historic Preservation Commission took the initiative to partner with other organizations to highlight the city’s history and historic buildings and demonstrate shared goals. By partnering with the Brookings Sustainability Council, for example, the Commission has been able to demonstrate how historic preservation is an integral part of the sustainability movement. The Commission members actively seek positions on affiliated committees, such as the Comprehensive Master Plan Committee and Public Arts Committee. This outreach demonstrates a keen understanding that preservationists must be “at the table” if they are to promote historic preservation as an integral part of local public policy.
Spokane Historic Landmarks Commission particularly stood out for its social media outreach activities undertaken in conjunction with its mid-20th century modern architectural survey. With a social media strategy planned from the inception of the project, the Commission understood the importance of engaging the public in this effort if it was to build awareness of and support for protection of these sometimes-under-appreciated historic resources.
Waverly Historic Preservation Commission seized the opportunity afforded by Iowa’s Flood of 2008 to survey and document Waverly’s historic resources and pursue National Register status for four historic districts as well two individual structures. The Waverly Historic Preservation Commission recognized that a natural disaster can bring into focus what is important in a community and harnessed the interest of local residents in Waverly’s heritage as well as the support of a receptive city council to move forward with National Register designation.
Lisa Craig, Director of Resilience with Michael Baker International, received the Daniel Becker Professionalism Award for Municipal Leadership. Ms. Craig also serves as a trainer for the NAPC Commission Assistance and Mentoring Program and is Chair of the Climate Change and Cultural Heritage Committee of the US International Committee on Monuments and Sites. Ms. Craig served for seven years as Chief of Historic Preservation for the City of Annapolis. She was selected by the awards jury because of her energetic leadership in spearheading the Weather It Together initiative, a Cultural Resource Hazard Mitigation Plan identified by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a national model for resiliency planning.
Paula Mohr, Architectural Historian and CLG coordinator for the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office, received the John and Sue Renaud Award for State Leadership to Advance Historic Preservation at the Local Level. Ms. Mohr previously held curatorial and preservation positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the White House and the National Park Service. She also served as the Curator of the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington, D.C., where she was responsible for the preservation and interpretation of this National Historic Landmark and its museum collection. In 2005, Ms. Mohr returned to Iowa and began working in her current position, where she directs the local preservation program. Deb Andrews, NAPC’s Awards Chair, praised Ms. Mohr’s “boundless passion for history and architectural history” as well as her commitment to community preservation.
The Vieux Carre Commission was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Protection” for its work in creating new Design Guidelines for the Vieux Carre Historic District. The guidelines provide detailed information and illustrations to instruct property owners, design professionals, contractors, Vieux Carre Commission staff, and the commissions regarding appropriate exterior changes within the historic district. In undertaking this ambitious project, the Vieux Carre Commission not only wisely recognized the need to revisit design guidelines written some thirty years ago and make them more user-friendly for a lay audience, they also seized the opportunity to significantly expand the scope, relevance and specificity of the design guidelines. Covering such topics as termite prevention and treatment and storm/hurricane preparedness, the guidelines address preservation issues unique to the region. The new guidelines also address challenges brought on by technological advances not envisioned years earlier. The structure and organization of the digital document is also particularly effective, with its extensive use of images and graphics to illustrate key points without extensive text and its formatting that allows for sections of the guidelines to be distributed as separate documents. NAPC’s Awards Committee found the New Design Guidelines for the Vieux Carre Historic District to be an exemplar in providing clear, concise, comprehensive and effective information and guidance on preservation matters.
The Elgin Heritage Commission was honored in the category of “Best Practices:Technology for their work in digitizing and making accessible to the public detailed information about Elgin’s historic properties. Much of the information was assembled over the years as part of the commission’s plaque program. As the commission rightly recognized, plaques do not tell the full story of a community’s historic buildings. NAPC’s Awards Committee was also impressed by the commission’s resourcefulness in pursuing an affordable way to both make the information readily accessible and provide the necessary flexibility to add new information over time.
The Norwich Historic Preservation Commission was honored for their outstanding work in raising awareness about Norwich’s rich historic, architectural and cultural resources. NAPC’s Awards Committee was struck by the breadth and scope of the commission’s interests and activities since becoming a commission in 2010, including completion of a town-wide architectural survey, initiation of National Register nominations, production of a walking tour brochure, development of a website and the recent effort to designate a mid-century modern structure in Norwich. One of the commission’s most impressive projects was the production of the film Cycles of Change-Farming in Norwich, which documents Norwich’s family farms and the important part these farms play in the cultural heritage of the community. For a relatively new commission, the Norwich Historic Preservation Commission has truly “hit the ground running”, demonstrating an understanding of the many tools available to engage the public in historic resource protection as well as an appreciation for the range of historic resources that warrant recognition and protection.
Boulder resident Dan W. Corson, who retired in 2014 as Intergovernmental Services Director at History Colorado (also known as the Colorado State Historic Preservation Office) was honored for his long and exemplary involvement in historic preservation in Colorado, as both a citizen volunteer and preservation professional. Working initially at the local level on Boulder’s Landmarks Board and City Council and later on a statewide level with History Colorado where he significantly expanded both the scope and effectiveness of the state’s Certified Local Government program, Corson worked tirelessly to promote the case of historic preservation in communities throughout the state of Colorado. Even in retirement, he remains active, committed and effective. As a trainer for NAPC’s Commission Assistance Mentoring Program (CAMP) for many years, Corson’s expertise and experience benefitted preservation commissions in communities large and small throughout the country.
The Village of East Hampton Design Review Board was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Protection” for their work in creating the Timber-Frame Landmarks, 1700-1850 project. This project has allowed the Village to protect many of its oldest timber-frame homes, with twenty-three protected thus far. The project gives property owners the incentive to protect their historic home by providing a zoning bonus that allows them to expand within their land.
The St. Louis Preservation Board was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Protection” for their efforts in adopting solar panel installation standards and guidelines and historic district standards that address form based zoning. With a push towards more sustainable living, St. Louis has addressed the issue of solar panels by developing standards and guidelines that detail how one might add solar panels to a historic building within a district without diminishing the character of the building and district alike. The implementation of form based zoning into the standards of two of St. Louis’ historic districts allowed for consensus to be reached on appropriate heights for new construction, and helped to keep a small, eclectic district from being de-designated.
The Loudoun County Historic District Review Committee was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Public Outreach” for their work in honoring the many outstanding preservation projects within the county. By partnering with the Loudoun Preservation Society to carry out the awards ceremony, the county has helped solidify the relationship between local government, private preservation organizations, and residents. Among the many awards given are ones for signage, architectural detail, restoration and new construction. Included in the list of awards is the Community Blue Ribbon Award, which honors a project that is nominated by community members; the Community Blue Ribbon Award allows residents to voice.
The Stillwater Heritage Preservation Commission was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Public Outreach” for their efforts in creating two programs geared towards educating the public on the town’s history and important cultural resources. The first program was the Heirloom Homes and Landmark Sites Program. This program is meant to honor property owners who maintain the historic character of their building or site and educate the public about these resources. Through the use of an extensive website that provides information on the resources, city residents are able to create a personalized tour to visit the properties. The second program is a series of self-guided podcast tours focused on the Downtown Commercial Historic District. This program has helped to draw in visitors to the downtown, as well as provide historic information about these resources and the town not only locally, but nationally and internationally.
The Will County Historic Preservation Commission was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Identification/Registration” for their efforts in surveying the County’s rural structures. This project has successfully surveyed eighteen of the twenty-four townships in Will County with more than 6,500 structures identified. Among other things, the survey looks to provide comprehensive information on all historic rural structures located in the project area, inventory existing structures for future study, and assess eligibility of resources for the National Register and local designation. The survey thus far has been used as a tool for review of landmark nominations and demolition permits, as well as Section 106 review. The public nature of the information gathered through the survey has also allowed it to serve as a resource for local history research.
The Aspen Historic Preservation Commission was honored in the category of “Commission of the Year” for their work in creating the Aspen Modern Individualized Incentives Program. This program is the result of many years of hard work geared towards preserving the city’s Mid-Century Modern resources. In order to boost the preservation of these resources the city created a program that uses case by case negotiations of incentives between the City and property owners that are willing to volunteer for landmark designation. The result of these negotiations is a package of incentives tailored to the needs of the property. This program has resulted in an increase of designated Mid-Century Modern resources, and with the addition of a website promoting the program even more resources are being voluntarily designated.
The Needham Historical Commission was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Public Outreach” for their efforts in producing the House Stories television program. The program promotes and showcases historic houses of high architectural significance and discusses their history. The program engages the homeowner, builders, and architects for commentary, as well as a preservation professional to provide technical information about the work that has been done to preserve the home. The show reaches 90% of the population of Needham and provides an accessible way for community members to learn more about the history and architectural history of their town.
The Village of Oregon Historic Preservation Commission was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Protection” for their efforts in restoring their historic Mason Lodge located in the heart of downtown. In order to save the building from demolition, the Commission created a maintenance ordinance effectively allowing the building to be bought and restored by local business owners. The Lodge is now home to a well-known restaurant and other successful businesses.
The Greeley Historic Preservation Commission was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Public Outreach” for their efforts in providing a variety of events and opportunities to engage and educate the public of the preservation work within Greeley. Among the many events and opportunities Greeley has offered are walking tours; brown bag lunches; presentations to children, college students and seniors; vendor booths with rehabilitation and restoration tips; and an online “Historic Preservation 101” presentation.
The HCLC was honored in the category of “Best Practices: Protection” for revisions to the Fairmount Southside Historic District Design Standards and Guidelines. Through a lengthy public engagement process, the HCLC was able to update the design guidelines to incorporate review standards, educational and illustrative components, and guidance for alternative materials and sustainability. The revised document can be easily used as a template for other districts looking to update or create standards and guidelines.
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