The awards ceremony is free and open to the public, and will include a reception following the ceremony.
Every year, Preservation Durham solicits nominations for awards to honor individuals and projects that preserve the architectural heritage of Durham. The non-profit organization received 30 nominations from architects, contractors and homeowners throughout the summer. During August and September, a committee narrowed down the nominations and made site visits to each of the finalist projects.
Twenty finalists are still in the running and can be seen at http://preservationdurham.org/
The three awards categories this year are:
· The Pyne Preservation Award, which is given to both homeowners and commercial property owners for sensitive restoration projects that preserve Durham’s historic architecture and architectural heritage.
· The Neighborhood Conservation Award, which honors projects that contribute to the historic fabric of Durham neighborhoods.
· The Advocacy Award, which is given to individuals or groups who have contributed to the public discussion of Durham’s architecture and history, have lobbied for effective preservation policies, or have otherwise championed the recognition and retention of Durham’s historic resources.
“We invite everyone and anyone interested in Durham’s historic architectural heritage to join us for this exciting event,” said Wendy Hillis, Executive Director of Preservation Durham. “The awards are one more way that we can say thank you to the businesses, builders, homeowners, and others who help preserve such an important aspect of what makes Durham a unique and vibrant city.”
The Durham Arts Council is located at 120 Morris Street in downtown Durham. For more information on the 2013 Preservation Awards, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-682-3036.
About Preservation Durham:
Preservation Durham is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving Durham’s architectural heritage. The organization was founded in 1974, originally as the Historic Preservation Society of Durham. Preservation Durham has worked to establish historic districts in Durham that provide tax credits for homeowners of historic houses. Preservation Durham ’s Endangered Properties Fund helps buyers and sellers of historic properties protect them with preservation covenants. Its Renovators Network provides information and expertise to homeowners and other renovators. For more information visit www.preservationdurham.org.