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Call for Nominations: 2017 “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

2017 “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award

The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) seeks nominations for the “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award. This annual award honors a project that preserves, rehabilitates, or restores a historic property - including a building, a structure, or a complex of buildings and/or structures - in an outstanding manner and that demonstrates excellence in research, documentation, design, and execution. Projects with a public interpretation component are encouraged, but not required. Projects in the twelve-state SESAH region - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia - that were completed in 2015 or 2016 are eligible. 

Criteria for consideration:
• Quality of the project documentation, research, and/or design plan;
• Importance of the property type within its particular context (national, regional, state, local);
• Quality of execution;
• Anticipated benefits; and
• Degree to which the project saved a historic property from likely demolition.

Nominations should consist of no more than two pages of project description and be accompanied by illustrations and any other supporting material, including a project budget and timeline. A cover letter should identify the owner of the property, the historic and current use of the property, and the names and contact information of all the major participants of the project. 

Email the nomination as a single PDF or as a link to a single PDF posted on Google Drive/Dropbox the 2017 “Best of the South” award committee chairperson, Blake Wintory at lakeport.ar@gmail.com.

Deadline: July 1, 2017.  

The 2017 “Best of the South” Award winner will be announced at the 2017 SESAH Annual Meeting held in Lynchburg, Virginia, from October 11-14. 

For more information about the “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture” Award and SESAH, visit www.sesah.org.
 
Southeast Chapter, Society of Architectural Historians [SESAH]
Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture
Criteria for Consideration
2017

A preservation/rehabilitation/restoration project (a building or complex of buildings) that demonstrates excellence or innovation in one or more of the following categories:

• Architectural history research (documentary or physical)
• Architectural documentation (investigative details or a record of work performed)
• Architectural design plan
• Technique of conservation and/or restoration of fabric
• Interpretation of the project to the public

This award is for "historic preservation" of historic architecture.  It is for projects completed in either 2015 or 2016.  Projects with completion dates prior to 2015 or that have not yet been completed will be eliminated from consideration.  

A "preservation," as opposed to a “rehabilitation” or "restoration," project can mean very different approaches and outcomes; therefore, a project's stated goals and outcome will be judged against projects of like nature.  If a project is an adaptive use, how innovative or successful was the project in preserving the architectural character of the building(s)?  Also, does the project sustain cultural heritage in a way that engages the community to consider and preserve its architectural character?

Each project will be judged using these factors:
• Quality of project documentation, research, and/or design plan
• Importance of property type within its particular context (national, regional, local)
• Quality of execution
• Anticipated benefits
• Degree to which the project saved a historic property from likely demolition.
 
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