Announcing the Recipients of Our 2015 Preservation Merit Awards
Preservation Austin is pleased to announce the recipients of our 2015 Preservation Merit Awards! Established in 1960, this annual program honors visionary approaches to preserving our city’s unique architectural, cultural, and environmental heritage. By recognizing outstanding individuals, businesses, organizations, and institutions, we hope to inspire others to carry on this important work. Recipients will be honored at our Preservation Merit Awards Celebration at the Driskill Hotel on Friday, November 20.
2015 PRESERVATION MERIT AWARD WINNERS:
COVERT MONUMENT RESTORATION
Covert Park at Mount Bonnell, 3800 Mount Bonnell Road
City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department for Restoration
Jury Comments: This project entails a level of craftsmanship and material conservation not often undertaken by a public parks department. City of Austin Parks and Recreation staff at all levels contributed to its success, and the jury commends the conservation team’s outstanding work in light of the project’s challenging conditions.
1100 East Fifth Street
11E5 LLC (Dennis McDaniel and Richard Kooris) for Rehabilitation
Jury Comments: This remarkable transformation preserves an important remnant of East Austin’s industrial past at a time when so many of the neighborhood’s historic resources are being lost. The jury further appreciates that the project preserved an early 20th century board and batten cottage and usable greenspace adjacent to the warehouse.
SEAHOLM POWER PLANT
800 West Cesar Chavez Street
Seaholm Power, LLC c/o Southwest Strategies Group, Inc. for Rehabilitation
Jury Comments: The jury notes that such large-scale rehabilitation of industrial buildings is rare in Austin, making this fantastic project’s impact on downtown even greater. The project team is further commended for preserving the property’s industrial components.
2815 Wooldridge Drive
Edward Tasch and Anne Crawford for Sustainability
Jury Comments: The jury is excited to honor Splitrock with Preservation Austin’s first-ever Preservation Award for Sustainability, a category which the organization introduced in 2012. This excellent example of implementing sustainable technologies while respecting the integrity of a City Landmark and Recorded Texas Historic Landmark serves as a case study for similar projects citywide.
309 Park Lane
Elizabeth and Nathaniel Chapin for Rehabilitation
Jury Comments: The jury commends the owners for taking on a rehabilitation project of this size and complexity, and for preserving and restoring the home’s defining historic features. The project’s impact on the neighborhood cannot be overstated.
AUSTIN THEATRE ALLIANCE FOR STEWARDSHIP OF THE PARAMOUNT AND STATESIDE THEATRES
Jury Comments: The Paramount and State Theaters are icons of Austin's downtown. The jury is grateful that the ongoing leadership and outstanding efforts of the Austin Theater Alliance will insure that they will be enjoyed by generations to come. The Austin Theatre Alliance is further commended for its continuing support of local and statewide preservation organizations.
BLUE BONNET HILLS LOCAL HISTORIC DISTRICT ORGANIZERS FOR ADVOCACY AND NEIGHBORHOOD PRESERVATION
Jury Comments: Regardless of the outcome of their efforts, the committee commends the core team of Blue Bonnet Hills supporters who have diligently followed the City’s Local Historic District nomination process, diligently documenting their neighborhood, developing design standards to guide future development, educating their fellow neighbors and elected officials, and spending many long hours at public hearings to advocate for their neighborhood. They have overcome significant obstacles and shown great commitment to protecting the priceless character of their community.
Preservation Austin’s Executive Committee is thrilled to honor longtime preservation advocate and Realtor Lin Team with this award. The organization expresses its sincerest thanks for her decades of tireless work protecting Austin’s heritage. Through her advocacy, she has been instrumental in shaping city policy regarding historic preservation and this is a well-deserved thank you from the community.
Preservation Austin extends many thanks to our outstanding Preservation Merit Awards Jurors Joe Lanane, Editor, Community Impact Central Austin; Sara Luduena, Project Design Review, Texas Historical Commission; Marcel Quimby, FAIA, Principal, Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture; Catherine Sak, Executive Director, Texas Downtown Association; and Alyson McGee, President, Preservation Austin.