Best of Maryland Awards

Preservation Maryland annual awards celebrate the best of Maryland! From legislative champions and municipal stewards to fine craftspeople and community grassroots efforts, it’s also one of Maryland preservation’s best parties to mingle and network. Let’s celebrate what makes Maryland our home, together.

Photo: Last year’s awardees in the Artisan category for their work on the Ivy Hotel in Baltimore.

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Preservation Maryland staff at the event location, the College Park Aviation Museum, 2017.

Preservation Maryland invites you to celebrate the people, projects, and places that make Maryland great!

Our Best of Maryland awards is a party; no long speeches, just a casual atmosphere at the awesome College Park Aviation Museum for celebrating the awardees, networking with movers-and-shakers in Maryland preservation, and enjoying the saves, afters, and wows of the past year.

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Don’t miss this preservation party! Tickets are only $20 for members and $30 for non-members and includes casual BBQ buffet dinner with beer and wine.

Best of Maryland Preservation Awards
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6-9pm
College Park Aviation Museum

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Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Doug Harbit at 410-685-2886, x307 or dharbit@presmd.org. To donate to our silent auction, contact Jana Carey at 410-685-2886, x304 or jcarey@presmd.org.

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Nomination Instructions

Since 1985, Preservation Maryland has presented awards to individuals and organizations for their contribution to preserving and telling out State’s rich, authentic, and diverse history.

Now Accepting Nominations: The nomination window for projects completed in 2016 is now open through Monday, March 27, 2017. We will announce the winners on April 1, 2017. 

ELIGIBILITY

Chances are, you’re eligible. We seek to make the nomination process efficient for all involved; the application includes a fillable PDF form and a request for photographs and links to additional information online. We encourage you to apply.

Individuals, non-profit and for-profit organizations and businesses, and government agencies are eligible. You may nominate yourself. You may submit multiple nominations. You may re-nominate projects that were not selected previously.

Awards are granted upon the sole discretion of Preservation Maryland; an award from each category may or may not be awarded each year, multiple awards in a single category may or may not be awarded. Materials submitted will become the property of Preservation Maryland.

Nomination Instructions

Nomination Form (PDF)

Nominations will be accepted until Monday, March, 27, 2017 at 11:59PM EST to the email address: submit@presmd.org. We suggest reviewing the Award Categories first, printing and reviewing the PDF form, then saving the files to your computer to enter your responses. If you cannot complete your nomination as instructed, please contact Meagan Baco, 410-685-2886, x308 or mbaco@presmd.org.

We currently present the following awards

LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Presented to an elected official in Maryland that champions historic preservation policy, programs, and supporting funding, and recognizes the importance of preserving Maryland heritage. Nominations will be evaluated based on the impact of the officials’ support on preservation in Maryland.

 

PRESIDENT’S LEADERSHIP AWARD

Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize exceptional leadership and commitment to preserving Maryland’s rich and diverse heritage.Nominations will be evaluated based on the length and nature of service or project, record of achievement, and the nominee’s overall impact on the statewide preservation movement.

 

GEARHART PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD

Presented to an individual who is employed as a professional by a historic preservation organization, agency or academic institution and who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership, knowledge, and creativity in the protection and preservation of Maryland’s historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, and archeological sites. Nominations will be evaluated based on the impact of the person’s achievements and their contributions to the preservation of Maryland’s history and culture.

 

THE PHOENIX AWARD

Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize projects demonstrating excellence in the revitalization of threatened or abandoned historic resources. Nominations will be evaluated based on the project’s impact on historic preservation and community revitalization.

 

STEWARDSHIP AWARD

Presented to individuals or organizations to recognize exemplary stewardship of Maryland’s historic building, collections, landscapes, and archaeological sites.Nominations will be evaluated based on the degree to which the project conforms to applicable professional standards, such as the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, and the degree to which the project has successfully protected a historic resource from harm. Nominated projects should have been completed within the last two years.

 

GEORGE T. HARRISON AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING VOLUNTEER CONTRIBUTIONS

The Harrison Volunteer Awards has been presented by Preservation Maryland semi-annually since 1985, and is the organization’s oldest award. This award goes to individuals or organizations to recognize outstanding volunteer contributions to historic preservation in Maryland. Nominations will be evaluated based on the extent to which the individual or group’s preservation project made a substantial contribution to saving historic resources in Maryland

 

PRESERVATION ARTISAN AWARD

Presented to an individual or group of individuals who has demonstrated excellence in the art and artistry of a craft or trade that is used in the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of historic buildings, neighborhoods, landscapes, or archaeological sites in Maryland. Nominations will be evaluated based on the person’s demonstrated excellence in the practice of their craft as well as their ability to inspire and willingness to teach others the skills needed to perform their trade.

 

COMMUNITY CHOICE AWARD

There is so much that makes Maryland great, what make’s Maryland great to you? Your favorite dog park or hiking trail and scenic view, your neighborhood preservation group, the best cup of coffee or freshest catch you’ve ever had, a main street art festival or museum you stumbled upon following brown cultural signs. Take this opportunity to share your best of Maryland.

Recent Awardees

AWARDEES FROM 2016

Photo credit: Matthew Cole for the CapitalGazette.com.

LEGISLATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Honorable Christopher Trumbauer
Anne Arundel County Government

Councilman Trumbauer introduced legislation to create an Anne Arundel County historic tax credit, and in late 2015 it was approved. We recognize the Councilmember’s championship of preservation and conservation through this act, and his career.

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PRESIDENT’S AWARD

Mr. Charlie Duff, President
Jubilee Baltimore

Mr. Duff’s commitment to the history and the future of Baltimore is seen through is founding and leadership of Jubliee Baltimore, a non-profit that has supported the revitalization of Baltimore through preservation, development, and the arts.

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GEARHART PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD

Ms. Cathy Thompson, Community Planner
Charles County Government

Ms. Thompson goes above and beyond to save and interpret some of Maryland’s oldest history as a municipal planner and staff to the Preservation Commission, and as such, a liaison between the County and allied public and private group – a true partner.

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THE PHOENIX AWARD

Eastern Shore Conservation Center
Eastern Shore Land Conservancy

Leaders in conservation and planning on the Eastern Shore, ESLC transformed a vacant and historic laundry building into their state-of-art headquarters that they share with allied groups in the area providing a spark of revitalization in their neighborhood.

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ARTISAN AWARDS

The Artisans of the Ivy Hotel
Baltimore City

Dozens of highly-skilled and Maryland-based small businesses and individual experts came together to create an historic and aesthetic icon that is the Ivy Hotel in the Mount Vernon neighborhood of Baltimore City.

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STEWARDSHIP AWARD

Mount Vernon Place Conservancy
Restoration of the Washington Monument

On it’s bicentennial the Conservancy undertook a significant restoration of the materials of the Washington Monument, and enhancing the visitor experience along the way. The discovery of a time-capsule during the work made international news.

Webb Cabin Restoration Team photo

HARRISON VOLUNTEER AWARD

Caroline County Tourism  & Caroline County Historical Society
Restoration of the James H. Webb Log House

The many volunteers of these Caroline County groups take on preservation projects saving places across the County, and then research, interpret, and manage those sites to support heritage tourism.

COMMUNITY CHOICE AWARDS

Takoma Radio, a project of Historic Takoma, Inc; Thurmont Historical Society’s Cozy Cabin; Historic Parole Walking Tour & Map; Furnace Town’s New Website

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