Record Attendance: The Best of Maryland awards was on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at The Star-Spangled Banner Flag House in Baltimore City. The event was attended by over 200 preservationists, community leaders, elected officials and fans of Maryland’s heritage — all to help recognize, celebrate, and thank the people and organizations protecting Maryland history and heritage.
On May 11, 2017 Preservation Maryland celebrated the 2017 Best of Maryland Awards under and among an amazing collection of historic aircrafts at the College Park Aviation Museum. The stories told at this Museum showcase perseverance, ingenuity, and dedication — traits essential for aviators, and preservationists! This year, in particular, Preservation Maryland sought to recognize individuals from a range of positions that make preservation happen, from legislators to designers and from artisans to agency leaders.
Preservation Maryland looks forward to highlighting the amazing work of Maryland’s preservationists each year at our Best of Maryland awards during Preservation Month. This year, the awardees include strong preservation advocates, committed stewards and volunteers, and impactful project leaders across the state. Please help us recognize the following awardees:
The National Historic Preservation Training Center provides expert technical training in preservation to employees of the National Park Service, and on the occasion of their 40th Anniversary and for their commitment to the community, Preservation Maryland will recognize their contribution to our national preservation movement with our highest award.
Senator Ben Cardin is a long-time advocate for historic preservation and fought hard successfully to save the Historic Tax Credit during the Tax Reform debate of 2017. Sen. Cardin also introduced bi-partisan legislation which would have vastly improved the use of the credit by smaller Main Street-style rehabilitations.
Senator Bill Ferguson of Baltimore City introduced two Historic Tax Credit bills in the General Assembly this year to incentivize affordable housing and make the credit a more effective tool for revitalization. Sen. Ferguson is receiving the Legislative Champion award for an unprecedented second year in a row.
Delegate Alonzo Washington of Prince George’s County sponsored two Historic Tax Credit bills in support of historic preservation, affordable housing, and an important provision to support the rehabilitation of functionally-related structures making large-scale catalytic projects more feasible.
Domino Sugar retains Triangle Sign & Service to perform weekly maintenance on the massive Domino Sugars sign visible from across Baltimore City and the Baltimore Harbor. An iconic part of the Baltimore City skyline, the 120 foot by 70 foot sign is an example of a rare neon field and has been aglow since the 1950s, due exclusively to Domino Sugar’s stewardship.
Since 1871, the Havre de Grace Opera House has been a fixture of community and culture in Harford County. Recently, the City and a private Opera House Foundation embarked on rehabilitation project to address accessibility, safety, and comfort issues while also restoring the historic materials and character. A grand reopening of the Cultural Center was held in August 2017.
Aaron Marcavitch is a leader in heritage tourism and preservation partnerships throughout Maryland and beyond. Aaron recently opened a the Maryland Milestones Heritage Center in the heart of Hyattsville. He was instrumental in the state’s War of 1812 bicentennial, is active in historic Greenbelt, and recently published a book about the history of U.S. Route 1.
As the chairwoman of the Women in Architecture Committee of AIA Baltimore, Jillian Storms conducted and led extensive research about the practices and contributions of women in architecture across Maryland, and she shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for the topic with a traveling exhibit, tours, and lectures – and a multi-media website.
The Hackerman House was recently renovated as a state-of-the-art example of protecting a museum collection within a historic building, including innovative fire suppression systems that did not disturb the historic fabric that was also undergoing repairs. Representatives from the following groups will accept the award: The Walters Art Museum, Lewis Contractors, Fireline, MasterCare Flooring, Wocester Eisenbrandt, Hayles & Howe, Cypress Painting Systems, Ariosa & Company, Ruff Roofers.
The Ark of Hungerford Creek relocated by the Calvert Marine Museum; Exterior repair and restoration at the Church Hill Theatre in Southern Maryland; Preservation and sustainability planning by the Town of Highland Beach; the Parkway Theatre.
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As our Historic Preservation Officer, Elizabeth Hughes leads statewide preservation efforts through the Maryland Historical Trust, and also served as the leaders of the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers that advocates for federal historic preservation programs.
Del. Lierman is largely responsible for the budget language which resulted in the 2016 Joint Chairman’s Report outlining the need for the restoration of the Maryland Historical Trust Preservation Grant Fund; the Report led to the inclusion funding in the 2017 budget for the first time since 2010.
Speaker Pro Tem Jones introduced the Maryland Historic Trust Grant Fund Improvement Act which seeks to ensure the Maryland Historical Trust’s Grant Fund receives funding every year. The bill passed in both the House and Senate and will hopefully be signed into law in the near future.
Sen. Ferguson introduced the Maryland Historic Trust Grant Fund Improvement Act, a bill that seeks to guarantee funding to the Preservation Grant Fund at the Maryland Historical Trust, that will support preservation projects across the Old Line State.
Del. Wilson introduced the legislation that raised the funding cap for the Maryland Heritage Areas Program that passed this March and will result in additional resources for the thirteen heritage areas across the state that touch every county and support heritage tourism.
Responding to the devastating flood in Ellicott City, Executive Kittleman, instituted an effective approach that included the safety of residents, the vitality of local Main Street businesses, and historic preservation.
Dr. Thompson recently retired after over 40 years of service to researching and preserving the history the Eastern Shore; teaching at Salisbury University, founding the Delmarva Historical Archives now the Nabb Research Center, and preserving Rackcliffe House, Pemberton Hall, Poplar Hill Mansion and others.
In Baltimore City, Metropolitan Partnership completed an extraordinary rehabilitation of the former Maryland National Bank at 10 Light Street into downtown apartments and an Under Armour Performance Center gym.
Built in 1866 and having just celebrated its 150th year in 2016, Tolson’s Chapel now stands as a restored African-American schoolhouse due to the persistence of the Friend’s group that can now turn its attention away from repair and restoration to education and interpretation.
The Canal Quarters program allows visitors to stay in historic lockhouses across the C&O Canal National Historical Park – a program that is greatly supported by the efforts of over 35 volunteers donating over 15,000 hours of service to provide this unique experience.
Working with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and architects Citadel DCA, John Tower and The Tower Co. restored the guard houses of the Naval Academy in Annapolis – the only two surviving 19th century structures and the entrance to the campus.
Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center and the City of Hyattsville; Bmore Kitchen by Accelerator Development; Montgomery Modern program of the Maryland-National Parks & Planning Commission; “Laboring Sons Memorial Ground” Documentary by the City of Frederick’s Audio Visual Department