It’s that time of year to consider nominating your (completed) preservation project for the “Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award” granted by the Southeastern chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians.
Mississippi has won this honored designation four times since its inception in 2006:
- 2015: Tallahatchie County Courthouse, Sumner (Belinda Stewart Architects)
- 2014: Charnley-Norwood House, Ocean Springs
- 2010: East 6th Street USO, Hattiesburg (Albert & Associates, architects)
- 2009: Beauvoir, Biloxi (Albert & Associates, architects)
According to the SESAH website:
2019 Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award
The Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians (SESAH) seeks nominations for the Best of the South: Preserving Southern Architecture Award(s). These annual awards honor projects that document, preserve, rehabilitate, restore, or educate the public about a historic property – including a building, a structure, or a complex of buildings and/or structures – in an outstanding manner and that demonstrate excellence in research, design, and execution. Projects with a public interpretation component are encouraged, but not required. Projects in the twelve-state SESAH region – Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia – that were completed in 2017 or 2018 are eligible.
Criteria for consideration:
- Quality of the project documentation, research, education, and/or design plan;
- Importance of the property type within its particular context (national, regional, state, local);
- Quality of execution;
- Anticipated benefits; and
- Degree to which the project saved a historic property from likely demolition.
Nominations should consist of no more than two pages of project description and be accompanied by illustrations and any other supporting material, including a project budget and timeline. A cover letter should identify the owner of the property, the historic and current use of the property, and the names and contact information of all the major participants of the project (including email addresses).
Email the nomination as a single PDF or as a link to a single PDF posted on Google Drive/Dropbox to the 2019 Best of the South Award committee chairperson, Jeff R. Rosenberg at Jeff.Rosenberg@dmr.ms.gov
Deadline: Monday July 8, 2019.
The 2019 Best of the South Award winner will be announced at the 2019 SESAH Annual Meeting held in Greenville, South Carolina, October 10-12.
For more information, visit http://www.sesah.org.