2010 Arkansas Preservation Awards
Awards Slide Show
Photos from the 2010
Tribute to Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Theodosia Murphy Nolan
Sixteen Honored for Work to Preserve Important Historic Sites
Little Rock - On January 14, 2011 the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas kicked off its 30th Anniversary Celebration with an event honoring 16 individuals and organizations for projects throughout the state. Award-winning projects included the Washington County Courthouse, the Selma Rosenwald School in Drew County, Rex Nelson for statewide coverage of heritage issues and eStem Charter School in Little Rock. Theodosia Murphy Nolan was honored for her dedication and contributions to preservation of historic sites in the South.
The Arkansas Preservation Awards are given each year to recognize the important work being done throughout Arkansas to preserve and protect places of historical or cultural importance. “The projects that were honored demonstrate that preservation is about more than saving old buildings, it is about the importance of history to communities—and about saving the distinctive places that make Arkansas and the South unique—for today and for the future,” said Vanessa McKuin, Executive Director of the Alliance.
2010 Arkansas Preservation Award recipients:
The Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement is presented to Theodosia Murphy Nolan of El Dorado for her stewardship and support of historic properties throughout Arkansas and Louisiana including the John Newton House (El Dorado), Pike-Fletcher-Terry Mansion (Little Rock) and Cherokee Plantation (Natchitoches, LA).
The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education is given to Greg Herman, Associate Professor at the Fay Jones School of Architecture, for The Jones House: Reconstruction and Documentation project in Fayetteville.
Honorable Mention for Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education is given to Lakresha Diaz for her work creating and promoting the Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery Cell Phone Tour in Little Rock.
The award for Outstanding Service in Neighborhood Preservation is given to the Reed’s Bridge Preservation Society in Jacksonville for programming that engages audiences around the Reed’s Bridge Civil War site and Bayou Metro.
A Special Citation for Excellence in Public Policy is given to the City of Little Rock and Thomason & Associates for Little Rock’s City-Wide Preservation Plan to promote and protect historic resources throughout the capital city.
The Award for Outstanding Preservation Reporting in the Media goes to Rex Nelson for his reporting, blogging and commentary on various aspects of Arkansas heritage and his advocacy for Ray Winder Field in Little Rock.
The Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson goes to Black River Technical College’s William Looney Tavern Project in Randolph County for meticulous restoration using tools and techniques that are faithful to the original construction.
The Award for Excellence in Preservation Through Rehabilitation is given to John French, Southern Bancorp Community Development Corporation, for rehabilitation of the historic St. Louis Federal Reserve Building and development of the eStem Charter School in downtown Little Rock
Honorable Mention: Excellence in Preservation Through Rehabilitation goes to the Entergy Corporation and Jerry Holland of Cromwell Architects Engineers for careful attention to detail and appropriate materials in the rehabilitation of the Entergy Building, historically known as the Arkansas Power and Light Building, in Little Rock.
Excellence in Preservation Through Restoration for a Large-Scale project goes to Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects for faithful restoration of the 1905 Washington County Courthouse in Fayetteville.
The Award for Excellence in Preservation Through Restoration for a Small-Scale project is given to State Representative Sheilla Lampkin and Bob Ware for restoration and community engagement around the Selma Rosenwald School in Drew County.
The award for Excellence in Personal Projects goes to H.T. and Linda Lou Moore for their rehabilitation of the National Bank of
Commerce Building in downtown Paragould, which houses H.T.’s law office and apartments.
The award for Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Advocacy is given to John Wheeler and Bill Hawkins for their tireless work preserving and promoting historic Camden neighborhoods.
The Outstanding New Construction in a Historic Setting Award is given to the Hillcrest Kroger in Little Rock for excellent compatible design of a commercial building in Little Rock’s historic Hillcrest Neighborhood.
The Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication goes to Mary Kwas for her book on archaeological findings and interpretation at Historic Washington State Park, Digging for History at Old Washington.
The Award for Excellence in Heritage Preservation is given to the City of Dumas for the Gospel Institute Master Plan for interpretation of gospel music history in the historic Pickens Baptist Church in Desha County.
Honorees and guests celebrated at a reception and banquet at the Chenal Country Club. John P. Gill, Immediate Past President served as Emcee for the evening. The Honorable David Pryor announced the award-winning projects as representatives were recognized for their contributions during the awards program. Board President Frances Ross presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to William Nolan of El Dorado, who accepted the award on behalf of his mother, Theodosia Murphy Nolan.
The Historic Preservation Alliance is the only statewide non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Arkansas's architectural and cultural heritage. For more information about the Alliance, contact Vanessa at 501-372-4757, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit PreserveArkansas.org.