Attention all historic preservation projects: The Florida Trust wants to recognize your work

February 5, 2016

Statewide Preservation Award program is open to any individual, organization, business or agency that is involved in historic preservation in Florida

If there’s something the St. Augustine community is well known for its historic preservation. After all, we have more to save than most communities and we have been serious about saving longer than most.

So when the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation (FTHP) announces the opening of its annual Statewide Preservation Awards Program, the St. Augustine community answers every year with a wide variety nominations and nearly every year brings home awards in nearly every facet of historic preservation. 

FTHP is currently accepting applications for its 2016 awards program which will recognize significant contributions to the preservation of Florida's historic resources by awarding outstanding historic preservation projects, programs and achievements by individuals and organizations.

The award's requirements and categories

The award program is open to any individual, organization, business or agency that is involved in historic preservation in Florida. There is no limit on the number of nominations that one applicant can submit. While nominations of individuals may be made without the knowledge of the nominee, and self-nominations will be accepted, in order for properties to be nominated the owner must provide written consent.

The award categories are: Restoration/Rehabilitation, Adaptive Use, Infill Design, Green Buildings, Archaeology, Historic Landscape, Organizational Achievement, Master Craftsman, and Preservation Education/Media.

Additionally, there are two categories that will honor individuals for their work in historic preservation: the Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education, and the Individual Distinguished Service Award.

Last year, the St. Augustine community continued to garner awards in several categories with a wide variety of historic preservation projects being recognized:

Adaptive Use Category

Meritorious Achievement Award - The Treasury on the Plaza

Infill/Design Category:

Meritorious Achievement Award - Pollard Hall on the campus of Flagler College.

Historic Landscape Category

Outstanding Achievement awards for the St. Augustine Art Association's TOUCH St. Augustine “Braille Trail."

City of St. Augustine for its Historic Landscape Improvements related to its new Historic Downtown Streetscape Design Guidelines implemented with the reconstruction of Hypolita, Treasury and Spanish Streets.

Preservation Education

Outstanding Achievement: Cemetery Resource Protection Training program (CRPT) by Florida Public Archaeology Network.

Honorable Mention award - “Ponce de Leon’s Discovery Timeline” by Dr. Sam Turner, Director of Archaeology at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum.

Individual Distinguished Service Award

Carl Halbirt, City Archeologist, received the award for his quarter century of archeological excavations, documentation and research conducted in the city.

Roy E. Graham Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation Education

Dr. Leslee F. Keys received the award for "her thirty plus years of experience developing and teaching historic preservation courses, using historic buildings and archaeological sites in her local history courses, introducing preservation experts to her students and community, and directing special programs for lifelong learning in the greater St. Augustine community."

How to apply

All projects, activities or individual service must have been completed between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2015. Previous nominations not selected to receive an award may be revised, expanded and resubmitted.

Deadline for nominations is February 29, 2016, with the award presentations to be made during the Trust’s 2016 Annual Statewide Conference in Tallahassee on Friday, May 13, 2016.

For more information visit the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation’s web site at www.FloridaTrust.org, or contact Jenny Wolfe, the city's Historic Preservation and Special Projects Planner and a member of the FTHP Board of Trustees by phone at 904.825.1065 or by email at JWolfe@CityStAug.com.