Annual Awards

Historic Macon Foundation has given preservation awards since its creation in 2003 by the merger of the Middle Georgia Historical Society and Macon Heritage Foundation. The purpose of the awards is to recognize preservation efforts in Middle Georgia, with a specific focus on providing inspiration. The awards are presented each year at Historic Macon’s annual meeting in May. This year’s annual meeting will take place on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

There are four categories of preservation awards:
1. Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration in Residential Building
According to the National Park Service, “Preservation, places a high premium on the retention of all historic fabric through conservation, maintenance and repair. It reflects a building’s continuum over time, through successive occupancies, and the respectful changes and alterations that are made.

Rehabilitation…emphasizes the retention and repair of historic materials, but more latitude is provided for replacement because it is assumed the property is more deteriorated prior to work. (Both Preservation and Rehabilitation standards focus attention on the preservation of those materials, features, finishes, spaces, and spatial relationships that, together, give a property its historic character.)

Restoration … focuses on the retention of materials from the most significant time in a property’s history, while permitting the removal of materials from other periods.”

Awards for residential (single‐family) buildings or landscapes treated in any of these three manners are eligible for nomination in this category. Preference will be given to projects that have received certification through the state or federal tax incentive program for historic preservation.

2. Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration in Commercial or Institutional Building
Projects falling into one of the categories described above, but used for commercial, municipal or institutional purposes (including multi‐family rental) may be considered in this category. Preference will be given to projects that have received certification through the state or federal tax incentive program for historic preservation.

3. Revitalization Project
Projects may be recommended for the revitalization category if the work does not qualify as appropriate preservation, rehabilitation or restoration, but still merits an award. Such projects may not adhere strictly to preservation theory, but make an exceptional contribution to the community, or are pioneering investments in historic districts in desperate need of revitalization. The Revitalization category is the only category in which new construction (infill) projects may be considered. Projects in this category may be residential, commercial, municipal or institutional use or ownership, and may include landscapes or buildings.

4. Stewardship Project
Often, the best preservation is consistent maintenance, and constant attention and care paid by a loving owner of a historic property. The stewardship award honors owners or families that ensure their buildings stay in excellent condition over a period of decades. Projects in this category may be residential, commercial, municipal or institutional use or ownership, and may include landscapes or buildings.

Nominate a property!

Historic Macon accepts nominations from the community for preservation projects and individuals committed to preservation. Nominations are due February 26, 2016 by 5pm. Winners will be selected by Historic Macon’s preservation committee and announced at 2016’s Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards on Thursday, May 5, 2016.

2015 Preservation Nominees & Award Winners

Award Winners for Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Residential)
Doug and Lesley Clarke, 1105 Adams St.

Albert and John Reichert, 881 Orange Terrace

Jennifer Simmons, 1248 Nottingham Drive

Award Winner for Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Commercial or Institutional)
Mercer University, Tattnall Square Center for the Arts and Robert McDuffie Center for Strings

Award Winner for Revitalization

Andrew Eck for the Corner Concert series

Award Winner for Stewardship

Macon-Bibb County for work on the Macon City Auditorium, the Round Building and bandstand at Central City Park, and the Rose Hill Cemetery office

Jenny Thurston Award

Lois McClain

Thad E. Murphey Chair’s Choice Award

The Moonhanger Group

2015 Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards Presentation

Past Preservation Awards

2014 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation

2013 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation
2012 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation
2011 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation
2010 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation
2009 Annual Meeting & Awards Presentation
Click here (PDF download) to view all preservation awards since 2003.