NC Preservation Awards
The 2023 NC Preservation Awards Presentation and Reception will be held in Durham on October 4.
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The awards recognize outstanding people, projects, businesses, and organizations in the field of historic preservation. The strength of our awards program comes from the work of people who take the time to nominate deserving individuals, organizations, and projects that have made a difference in historic preservation.
The deadline to submit a 2023 nomination has closed.
The categories for the awards are:
Gertrude S. Carraway Awards of Merit
The Gertrude S. Carraway Awards of Merit are named in honor of the late Dr. Gertrude S. Carraway, a noted New Bern historian and preservationist. Presented since 1974, a maximum of twelve awards are given each year. The Awards of Merit give deserved recognition to individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a genuine commitment to historic preservation through extraordinary leadership, research, philanthropy, promotion, and/or significant participation in preservation.
DeWayne H. Anderson Sr. Award for Housing
(NEW award category for 2023!)
The DeWayne H. Anderson Sr. Award for Housing is the highest honor given by Preservation North Carolina for the creation or preservation of housing in historic buildings. This award recognizes the innovative use of historic buildings to create new or updated housing. Creative affordable or downtown housing solutions through historic preservation are of special interest. First presented in 2023, the award is made possible by the family of the late DeWayne H. Anderson, Sr., of Winston-Salem, whose career and leadership resulted in thousands of units of new housing in historic schools, mills and hospitals across the South. His adaptive use of Piedmont Leaf Lofts into housing was instrumental in the remarkable revitalization of downtown Winston-Salem.
Minnette C. Duffy Landscape Preservation Award
The Minnette C. Duffy Landscape Preservation Award is the highest honor given for the preservation, restoration or maintenance of landscapes, gardens, streetscapes, or grounds related to historic structures. This award recognizes the importance of the landscape in the preservation of historic structures. First presented in 1987, the award is made possible by the family of the late Minnette Chapman Duffy of New Bern, whose leadership contributed to the reconstruction of Tryon Palace. Landscape architects, preservation organizations, garden clubs, local governments, property owners or volunteers who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, research or work in landscape preservation are eligible. The recipient receives a $500 stipend.
L. Vincent Lowe Jr. Business Award
The L. Vincent Lowe Jr. Business Award is the highest honor presented to a business that assists or promotes historic preservation in North Carolina. Established in 1983 as the North Carolina Business Award, the name was changed in memory of Vince Lowe of Wilson, a longtime supporter of historic causes in North Carolina, who was serving as chairman of Preservation NC’s 50th Anniversary Campaign at the time of his unexpected death in 1989. The Lowe Business Award acknowledges the involvement of the business community in preservation and recognizes businesses that have shown vision, leadership and creativity in promoting the protection of the state’s architectural resources.
Stedman Incentive Grant
The Stedman Incentive Grant is awarded to recognize and assist non-profit organizations in their efforts to preserve the state’s architectural heritage. Originating in 1976, the $15,000 award is funded each year by the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation of Greensboro in memory of Mrs. Covington’s father. The grant encourages and facilitates the rescue of endangered historic and architecturally significant properties in North Carolina. Only one Stedman Grant is awarded annually.
Robert E. Stipe Professional Award
The Robert E Stipe Professional Award is the highest honor presented to working professionals who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to preservation as part of their job responsibilities. The award was established in 1983 to memorialize the many contributions of Robert E. Stipe of Chapel Hill, an educator in the field of historic preservation and a mentor to a generation of preservation professionals. The award recognizes career men and women who show exceptional leadership and/or dedication to the cause of preservation. Individuals working in the field of historic preservation are eligible, including staff of non-profit preservation organizations, architects, landscape architects, planners, teachers, contractors, craftspeople, consultants, and North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office staff. The recipient receives a $500 stipend.
Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award
The Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award, North Carolina’s most prestigious preservation award, is presented to an individual or organization that has made contributions of statewide significance to historic preservation in North Carolina. Originating in 1948, the award is named for Ruth Coltrane Cannon of Concord — president of the North Carolina Society for the Preservation of Antiquities, 1945-1956 — in recognition of her outstanding contributions to preservation. The recipient receives an engraved pewter cup. The winner’s name is also added to a master Cannon Cup, which now includes a long list of North Carolina notables. Only one Cannon Award is presented each year.
CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A 2023 AWARD NOMINATION
2022 Preservation North Carolina Honor Award Winners
The Ruth Coltrane Cannon Award
Eugene Brown, Durham
The Robert E. Stipe Professional Award
Michelle McCullough, Winston-Salem
The Stedman Incentive Grant
Historic Baltimore School, Cramerton
The L. Vincent Lowe, Jr., Business Award
GBX Group LLC, Cleveland, OH
The Minnette C. Duffy Landscape Preservation Award
Friends of Odd Fellows Cemetery, Winston-Salem
The Gertrude S. Carraway Awards of Merit
Blue Bell (Lenoir Cotton) Mill, Lenoir
Brandon Bunn and Doug Halterman for the Norfleet House, Tarboro
Capitola Mills, Marshall
End of Days Distillery, Wilmington
Jacob and Nancy Keeler for the Jones House, Milton
Larry Atkins, Charlotte
Mt. Hope Cemetery, Raleigh
Natalie Pass-Miller for the Historic Magnolia House, Greensboro
Reynolda House Roof & Gardens Restoration, Winston-Salem
Seven Sounds Brewing Company for the Hurdle Building, Elizabeth City
Sunnicrest House, Asheville
Union Station, Winston-Salem
Click here to watch the 2022 NC Preservation Awards Presentations!
Click here for a complete list of past Preservation North Carolina Honor Award Winners.