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Nominations Sought for Historic Preservation Awards

Post Date:01/19/2018 8:00 AM
The Ames Historic Preservation Commission is seeking nominations for the 2018 Preservation Awards Program. This program recognizes a variety of historic preservation activities, including work on building exteriors, site work, and other notable contributions to preservation in Ames.
 
The historic resources that are nominated must be located within the city limits of Ames, have undergone historic rehabilitation, restoration, historic preservation, or adaptive reuse, and be at least 50 years old. The structural work or other notable contributions for which an award is given must have been completed within the last three years. Projects that are substantially complete may also be recognized if completion is scheduled to occur by May 2018.
 
To make a nomination, applications are available from the Department of Planning and Housing, 515 Clark Ave., or under “What’s New” on the Planning Division page at www.cityofames.org
 
Nominations should be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 23, to the City of Ames, Department of Planning and Housing, 515 Clark Ave., Ames, IA, 50010, or by email to esahlstrom@city.ames.ia.us. Honorees will be selected by the Historic Preservation Commission in March and will receive their awards at the City Council meeting in late April or early May, as part of the local observance of National Historic Preservation Month.
 
Nominations may be made for Structural Awards or Special Awards in the following categories:
 
Structural Awards

• Historic Rehabilitation. Repairing and/or altering a building or a feature of a building so that the structure has the appearance that such a building would have had 50 or more years ago, based on historic documentation for similar buildings of that time in Ames.
• Restoration. Returning a building or a feature of a building to its original appearance, based on historic photographs or working drawings of the particular building or careful consideration of the fabric of the structure itself.
• Historic Preservation. Keeping an historic building – one that has survived without detrimental changes or deterioration – in good condition by performing the necessary maintenance and repair work.
• Adaptive Reuse. Retaining the principal features of a building and in a sympathetic way modifying it for modern uses.

 

Special Awards
• Architecturally Compatible New Additions or Structures. Recognizing new construction that is architecturally compatible with and sympathetic to historic structures in the vicinity.
• Historic Landscapes, Sites, or Site Features. Recognizing historic resources not encompassed by the structural award categories (such as designed landscapes, landmarks, monuments, bridges, planned developments, or streetscapes) that have undergone historic rehabilitation, restoration, or historic preservation.
• Significant Achievement in Historic Preservation. Recognizing significant individual or organizational achievements in historic preservation, including but not limited to advocacy, planning, development, education, community leadership, and promoting public awareness.

 

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