Efforts to preserve and restore the Bradley County Courthouse were recognized by Preserve Arkansas at its annual awards banquet.
With the help of two County Courthouse Restoration Grants from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the project team stabilized the building’s foundation and repaired extensive damage to masonry walls, windows, and interior spaces. Bradley County, Bradley County Judge Klay McKinney, former County Judge Keith Neely (2009-2016), WD&D Architects, and Ideal Construction were recognized with the award.
Preserve Arkansas President Jodi Barnes is pictured above presenting an award to WD&D Architects Wallie Sprick and Ernest Duckery.
The Arkansas Preservation Awards dinner and program is held annually to honor individuals and organizations for projects focused on historic preservation, education, and advocacy throughout the state.
Other 2016 Arkansas Preservation Award Recipients:
The Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement was given to Cheryl Griffith Nichols. Cheri Nichols’s name is synonymous with historic preservation in central Arkansas and beyond. From her commitment to the Quapaw Quarter Association to her service with the Historic Preservation Alliance of Arkansas (now Preserve Arkansas), as well as her roles with Preservation Action and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Cheri has been an advocate, a practitioner, a fundraiser, a political ally, a mentor, and a force in the evolving discipline of historic preservation in the United States.
The Excellence in Heritage Preservation Award was presented to the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program for the National Historic Preservation Act 50th Anniversary Celebration. To celebrate this important anniversary, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program developed a National Register poster series and passport program.
Awards for Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation were given to the following projects:
• Residential Project—123 S. Schiller Street, Little Rock. Once vacant and boarded, the house at 123 S. Schiller Street was rehabilitated to serve as two apartments in the Capitol View Historic District. Third Floor Partners, LLC, Johnson Consulting, LLC, and Earl Langston Construction were recognized with the award.
• Public Project—City of Fayetteville for the Maple St. and Lafayette St. Bridges, Fayetteville. This project rehabilitated two National Register-listed bridges constructed in the 1930s to span the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway between downtown Fayetteville and the University of Arkansas campus. The City of Fayetteville, McClelland Consulting Engineers, and Crossland Heavy Contractors were recognized with the award.
• Commercial Project—Friedman-Mincer Building (Texas Corner Project), Fort Smith. Located at the prominent intersection of Garrison and Towson Avenues in downtown Fort Smith, the 1912 Friedman-Mincer Building was rehabilitated to house the offices of Propak Logistics. Propak Logistics, deMx Architecture, and Carrington Creek Holdings were recognized with the award.
The award for Outstanding New Construction in a Historic Setting was given to the Dyess Welcome Center and Gift Shop at the Historic Dyess Colony, an Arkansas State University Heritage Site. By the time the 1948 Dyess Theatre property was donated to Arkansas State University, only the façade and projector room remained. The façade was restored, and a new building was constructed behind it to serve as a community center, visitor center, and gift shop. The Arkansas State University Heritage Sites Program, Allison + Partners, Inc., and Bailey Contractors, Inc., were recognized with the award.
The award for Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education went to the City of Fayetteville for the Fayetteville Square Virtual Marker Program. The Fayetteville Convention and Visitors Bureau and Coover Consultants, LLC, created a high-tech, yet inexpensive, virtual web-based tour of the Historic Fayetteville Square utilizing QR codes on buildings to link to text and historic photos for each of the 31 stops on the tour.
The award for Outstanding Work by a Craftsman was given to John Amos of Amos Millworks for the Cane Hill College window restoration at Canehill, Washington County. Amos carefully reproduced the building’s original triple and double-hung windows and paneled doors.
The award for Outstanding Preservation Reporting in the Media was given to Arkansas Life/WEHCO Company for the “Work in Progress” series, which painted an accurate picture of the forces that impact the preservation of historic places in Little Rock and around the state.
Honorees and guests celebrated with a reception and banquet at the Albert Pike Memorial Temple in Little Rock, followed by a program recognizing the award-winning projects. Pete Hartman of KUAF-FM served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Preserve Arkansas works to build stronger communities by reconnecting Arkansans to our heritage and empowering people to save and rehabilitate historic places. For more information about Preserve Arkansas or questions about the Arkansas Preservation Awards, contact Rachel Silva Patton at 501-372-4757, [email protected], or visit PreserveArkansas.org.