The Greenwich Historical Society is calling for nominations for its 2012 Preservation Awards, which will honor individuals, organizations and projects for their contributions to the preservation of Greenwich’s historical resources. The project or activity must be of historical and/or architectural significance and demonstrate the aesthetic, cultural and/or economic benefits of preservation.
The historical society held its first Preservation Awards program two years ago. Among the exemplary projects honored at that time were the restoration of the Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point and the establishment of the Stanwich Historic District.
“In a town with a remarkable heritage of buildings and landscapes, there are undoubtedly many other fine preservation accomplishments,” said John Dixon, chairman for the project. “The historical society would very much like to recognize these efforts.”
The jury for the 2012 Preservation Awards will include Greenwich residents chosen for their knowledge of the town’s architecture and preservation, along with experts in those fields from a wider region.
Categories for projects and activities that would qualify include:
• Historic Restoration/Rehabilitation Projects: Structures or sites where major original features – exterior, interior or both – have been preserved or replicated for substantially the original use. Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2002.
• Adaptive Reuse Projects: Structures or sites that, while requiring significant changes for a new use, are nonetheless saved and given renewed life. Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2002.
• Stewardship: Effective ongoing maintenance and care of structures or landscapes of historic and/or architectural significance.
• Preservation Action: Recognizing individuals or organizations that advance the cause of historic preservation. Examples of their activities might be preservation campaigns, political action, education and research. A significant part of the activity must have taken place since January 1, 2002.
• Special Achievement: Recognizing major accomplishments or lifetime work dedicated to the advancement of historic preservation.
Consideration will be given to structures of any age as long as the completion dates fall within the parameters listed above. Nominations are due at the Greenwich Historical Society by June 4, 2012. Self-nominations will be accepted. Details on requirements for submissions and an official entry form may be obtained from the Greenwich Historical Society (203-869-6899, Ext. 16) or be downloaded from the Greenwich Historical Society website, www.greenwichhistory.org.
Award recipients will be notified by August 3, 2012. An awards event will take place on September 19, 2012, 6:00 pm at The Field Club as part of the Greenwich Historical Society’s annual meeting.