Local Historic Preservation Projects Recognized

April 25, 2011  

In celebration of National Preservation Month, the Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission will honor 17 projects and services at their annual awards ceremony.

WHEN:        6 p.m., Thursday, May 5, 2011
WHERE:      Jacksonville Main Library, 303 N. Laura St.
WHAT:        This annual awards ceremony recognizes outstanding projects and services that promote historic preservation in the Greater Jacksonville Area.  Award categories include: Heritage Education, Residential Rehabilitation, and Preservation Projects and Services.  The awards will be presented by the Historic Preservation Commissioners with the chairman David Case acting as the master of ceremony. 
Some of the projects and people receiving awards on May 5 include:
·       A Southbank Sojourn:  A Photographic Journey through Early Days of San Marco and South Jacksonville
·       The Beaches:  A History and Tour
·       Remembering Jacksonville: By the Wayside book and column
·       Preservation SOS for their “Make It Happen Project” in Springfield
·       Film documentaries on Ax Handle Saturday and Jacksonville’s film legacy
·       The relocation of the Kings Road marker
·       The rehabilitations of 3222 St. Johns Ave., 1318 Avondale Ave. and 2881 Downing St. (all located in the Riverside Avondale Historic District)
·       The rehabilitation of 4348 Baltic Street (Ortega)
·       A Podcast walking tour of Riverside
·       Professor and historian Carolyn Williams for her research, writing, teaching and promotion of local and African American history
·       The restoration of the original front doors of the Kahler Apartments designed by noted architect Henry John Klutho
·       West Riverside Elementary School for 100 years of continuous service in education in its historic building
·       The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens in honor of its 50th Anniversary
BACKGROUND:     National Preservation Month was created by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to spotlight grassroots preservation efforts around the country.  Communities take this time to celebrate historic preservation activities in order to create greater public awareness, understanding and appreciation of efforts to preserve local historic resources and heritage.