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Best of Maryland Awards

Congratulations to all of this year’s Best of Maryland preservation awardees. Thank you for letting us recognize your hard work, and thank you for all that you do for preservation. Learn more about the awardees below, and check out the event photos on Facebook.

Attend the Awards

Congratulations and thank you to all of this year’s awardees and attendees. We are proud to celebrate your hard work to protect, preserve, and promote the best of Maryland.

PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT

THIS YEAR’S AWESOME AWARDEES

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.

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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

Thank You To Our Sponsors

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Platinum Sponsors

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Gold Sponsors

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Silver Sponsors

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Silent Auction Donors

Annapolis Candle, Arrow Bicycles, Community Forklift, Hampton National Historic SiteMaryland Milestones (Anacostia Trails Heritage Area), Historic London Town & Gardens, Blue Pit BBQ

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.

Awards for 2015 projects were presented on May 12, 2016. Nominations for projects completed in 2016 will open in Spring 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

Nominations are accepted via email. We suggest reviewing the Award Categories first, printing and reviewing the PDF form, then entering your responses into the fillable PDF form. 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.

Past Awardees

2015 Awardees

President’s Award

J. RODNEY LITTLE

Mr. Little led statewide preservation programs and policy as the  Maryland State Historic Preservation Officer for nearly 40 years and is retiring in 2015. Our President’s Award recognized his leadership of the Maryland Historical Trust, broadening the agency’s scope with essential programs like the Maryland Maritime Archeology Program and Heritage Preservation and Tourism Area Program, and advocating for a state historic tax credit that is a proven economic incentive in Maryland today.

Gearhart Award

AL LUCKENBACH

Dr. Luckenbach was Anne Arundel counties first and only archaeologist for over 26 years, retiring from his post this year. His tenure speaks to his ability to promote archaeology and Maryland’s heritage to maintain funding and support, and interest the public in the stories he unearthed. You may be familiar with his work including digs at Historic London Town and Gardens, Providence, Pig Point, and others throughout Maryland. We honor Dr. Luckenbach with the Gearhart Award for Professional Leadership.

Phoenix Award

KANN PARTNERS

The KANN Partner portfolio illustrates a great balance of design, preservation, and sustainability in their many Maryland-based projects. Most recent examples of their commitment to preservation are the completion of the restoration of the ca. 1912 Algonquin Apartments, and the unique and historic Gatehouse at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital Complex, the first structure on the site made from locally-quarried stone. KANN’s reputation as a preservation architecture firm sets the bar high.

Stewardship Awards

MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF GENERAL SERVICES AND THE MARYLAND HISTORICAL TRUST
for the restoration of THE OLD SENATE CHAMBER

The Maryland Department of General Services and Maryland Historical Trust completed one of the most significant preservation projects of its type in the country by restoring the Old Senate Chamber to the exact moment that George Washington resigned his title as Commander and Chief of the Continental Army in 1783. Five years later, he would be elected as President Washington. Project Architect, Mark Schneidman, of DGS led the expert team. The Old Senate Chamber is expected to open later this year.

THE MARYLAND-NATIONAL CAPITAL PARK AND PLANNING COMMISSION for the their repairs at MONTPELIER MANSION

This award is being granted to M-NCPPC because of their attention to detail and rehabilitation standards in recent repairs to historic Montpelier addressing long-standing moisture problems. The multi-year project includes roof, gutter and chimney repairs, window restorations, and a complex trench drain around the site to disperse sitting water away from the foundation and basement. Of note is M-NCPPC’s dedication to public outreach in presenting the over 4000 artifacts found during the project as an archaeological exhibit in the reopened historic site.

Artisan Awards

HISTORIC ROOFING COMPANY

Led by Cliff Layman, master craftsman of over 35 years, Historic Roofing Company completed expert preservation work on historic roofs across the region, including the White House, Smithsonian Castle, and recently Quarter Place in Lotian that required cedar shingles and copper gutter repair; Riversdale Mansion in Riverdale associated with the family of Lord Baltimore; The Ridout House in Annapolis where the original wood roof was exposed to lay a slate roof with new and salvaged tiles. Mr. Layman’s dedication and expertise has protected countless historic properties in Maryland.

WAGNER ROOFING COMPANY

Wagner Roofing Company recently completed a skilled repair of the historic slate roof on the Naval Academy’s Mahan Hall in Annapolis, that included careful treatment of copper gutters, fascia, bells, and circular window dormers. We’d like to recognize this as an exemplary project, also approved by the Maryland State Historic Preservation Office, and offer Wagner Roofing an Artisan Award.

Community Choice Awards

ACCOKEEK FOUNDATION 

The Accokeek Foundation’s good work stretches the perception of historic preservation to new horizons in land conservation, heritage plants and farming techniques, and an a strong focus on educational opportunities. With thousands of offerings and visitors per year, we recognize their efforts with a Community Choice award.

FRIENDS OF THE GREENBELT THEATRE 

The Friends emerged as a non-profit, community-based option to operate the Old Greenbelt Theatre in the ca. 1938 National Historic Landmark Community of Greenbelt, Maryland. Led by a dedicated group of volunteers, the group won the bid from the City of Greenbelt to operate the theatre, with a historically restored lobby and concession area, with an anticipated grand re-opening in May. The Friends will usher in a new-era of the Old Greenbelt Theatre offering first-run movies, community programming and film-festivals, and bring vibrancy to Roosevelt Center.

NANTICOKE HISTORIC PRESERVATION ALLIANCE

The NHPA’s interpretation of Handsell deserves recognition for their ability to represent overlapping and often difficult histories of the 18th century site, including African-American and Native American heritage. Their accomplishments include a replica Longhouse, restoration of the main house, interpretative signage and an array of educational offerings.

THE MARYLAND THEATRE

The Maryland Theatre is a beautifully restored historic theatre sustaining heritage and cultural tourism in Central Maryland, driving 1.5 million dollars of visitor spending to Washington County. In 2014 they invested in their theatre, replaced their HVAC, making plaster repairs, and providing ADA access to the. This year they celebrate their 100th anniversary, and we congratulate them with a Community Choice award.

SAVE HISTORIC ANTIETAM FOUNDATION

SHAF celebrates it’s 30 years of service in protecting natural and cultural resources in and around Antietam Battlefield, especially from development, growth, and change. The Battlefield has an 8000 acres of protected land that can never be developed, with thousands of acres under protected easements. We’d also like to recognize their stewardship of Tolson’s Chapel in Sharpsburg, a ca. 1866 African-American Methodist Church.

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