Preservation Austin is thrilled to honor another outstanding slate of projects with our 57th Annual Preservation Merit Awards. Established in 1960, this juried program celebrates the hard work and visionary approaches of those preserving Austin’s unique architectural, cultural, and environmental heritage. This year’s recipients are among the best preservation projects from the past two years. They represent a diverse cross-section of the city’s history, and show the many ways in which preservation makes Austin a more engaging, authentic place for all of us.

Congratulations to all those who made these incredible projects possible!

Recipients will be honored at our Preservation Merit Awards Celebration at the Driskill Hotel on Friday, November 3. Full and half-table sponsorships are available now.

2017 Preservation Merit Award Recipients


2805 Wooldridge Drive - Pemberton Heights
Recipient: Tadd and Holly Lanham
Preservation Award for Rehabilitation

Project by Atlantis Architects; Image by Leonid Furmansky

  • Jury Comments: God is in the details, and this beautiful project went to great lengths to preserve the home’s extensive historic fabric. The owners’ commitment to preserving one of Austin’s earliest International Style homes is commendable in a neighborhood with so many teardowns.

811 West Live Oak Street – Bouldin Creek
Recipient: Greg Porter
Preservation Award for Rehabilitation

Project by Clayton & Little Architects; Image: Nick Simonite

  • Jury Comments: The gorgeous rehab, both welcoming and fun, is true to this treasured landmark’s status as an iconic Austin showplace. The property’s vibrancy has been restored and the march of time honored.

1500 San Jacinto Boulevard - Downtown
Recipient: Bob Woody
Preservation Award for Rehabilitation

Project by Derrington Building Studio; Image: Chase Daniel

  • Jury Comments: This project is clean, happy, and bright, defined largely by its thoughtful restoration of this building’s defining features. The jury rejoiced that this former gas station, once assumed headed to the landfill, is now a tiny jewel box in a sea of state office buildings.

1405 E. Cesar Chavez Street – East Cesar Chavez
Recipient: Keikhosrow and Homa Kavoussi
Preservation Award for Rehabilitation

Project by Holland Architectural

  • Jury Comments: This extensive rehabilitation of a vernacular East Austin home sets an example along East Cesar Chavez Street that we hope others will follow. It is an honest, timeless project which reminds us that preservation need not be trendy to be successful.

1100 Congress Avenue
Recipient: State Preservation Board
Preservation Award for Restoration and Special Recognition Award for Craftsmanship

Kevin Koch, AIA, State Preservation Board; Image: State Preservation Board

  • Jury Comments: This project’s scale is both impressive and breathtaking. It shines for its innovative craftsmanship and painstaking detail, especially since the state could easily have replaced the Capitol’s windows instead of restoring them. The jury commends Kevin Koch and his staff.

3607 Balcones Drive - Highland Park West/Balcones Area
Recipient: David and Tracey Hime
Preservation Award for Rehabilitation and Addition

Project by Clayton & Little Architects; Image: Nick Simonite

  • Jury Comments: This exemplary project preserved the home’s classic midcentury character while inserting careful contemporary upgrades. It showcases the very best design features from both eras and successfully makes paneling cool again.

2002 East 16th Street – Chesnut
Recipient: Erica and David Heroy
Preservation Award for Addition

Project by Erica Keast Heroy, Architect; Image: Casey Woods

  • Jury Comments: This home’s contemporary addition embodies the Secretary of Interior’s Standards new construction. Modern and functional, it looks like it “belongs” with the home but avoids mimicking historic features. Its respect for neighborhood scale and the home’s original design are exemplary, especially on a budget.


for Stewardship of B’nai Abraham Brenham Historic Synagogue

Project by Clayton & Little Architects; Image: Myles Shaftel

  • Jury Comments: The love and commitment of Shalom Austin, along with Brenham’s Leon and Mimi Toubin, to preserving B’nai Abraham as a synagogue is phenomenal. Moving the building involved difficult decisions followed by years of hard work and fundraising, but with wonderful results.

SIX SQUARE: AUSTIN'S BLACK CULTURAL DISTRICT, with the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department, City of Austin Public Works Department, Huston-Tillotson University, and the Rosewood Neighborhood Association
for Stewardship of Downs Field

Project by Hatch + Ulland Owen; Image: Lindsey Derrington

  • Jury Comments: This grassroots effort shows what can happen when the community comes together to preserve and celebrate one of Austin’s great undertold stories. The ongoing work to improve Downs Field has already done much to transform this historic place into a community destination and bring greater awareness of its history.

Many thanks to our wonderful 2017 Preservation Merit Awards Jury for making this such a fun and rewarding selection process:

Sally Fly, Honorary AIA, Program Director, Texas Society of Architects
Bess Graham, Architect, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Sarah Marshall, Small Business Specialist/Assistant State Coordinator, Texas Main Street Program
John Riedie, Chief Executive Officer, Austin Creative Alliance
Haley Wilcox, Partner, Ogee Preservation