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.

The 2015 annual meeting and awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, May 5.

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.

2014 Preservation Nominees & Award Winners

Award Winners for Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Residential)
Mr. & Mrs. Tim and Leila Regan-Porter, Heinrik Stroemer House, 1013 Bond St.
and 
Mr. & Mrs. Will and Carrie Robinson, Judge Malcom Jones House, 618 Arlington Place

Award Winner for Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Commercial or Institutional)
Jean Bragg, Cherry Street Buildings, 518, 522, and 530 Cherry St.

Award Winner for Revitalization
Macon Outreach & Daybreak, Daybreak Center, 174 Walnut St.

Award Winner for Stewardship

Dr. Holliday and Family, Holliday House, 607 College St.

Member’s Choice Award

Jean Bragg, Cherry Street Buildings, 518, 522, and 530 Cherry St.

Maryel Ramsay Battin Award

Bill Underwood, President of Mercer University

Jenny Thurston Award

Ms. Bette-Lou Brown

Thad E. Murphey Chair’s Choice Award

College Hill Alliance, 1083 Washington Ave.

2014 Annual Meeting and Preservation Awards Presentation

Past Preservation Awards

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.