President Lincoln’s Cottage Receives Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Posted on: November 12th, 2008 by Barbara Campagna

The Washington D.C. Office of Planning’s Historic Preservation Office presented winners of the Sixth Annual Mayor’s Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation at the historic Carnegie Institution of Science Auditorium on Thursday, November 6th. The event was co-hosted by the DC Preservation League.

Highlighting the event were the Historic Preservation Review Board Chairman’s Award for Law and Public Policy to D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray and the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award to longtime Dupont Circle resident and preservationist Charles J. Robertson, III. A total of 12 awards were presented to individuals, businesses, and local organizations for exemplary work and commitment to historic preservation.

Excellence in Design – Restoration and Renovation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation received an Excellence in Design Award for Restoration and Renovation for the restoration of the President Lincoln’s Cottage and the renovation of the former Soldier’s Home Administration Building into the President Lincoln’s Cottage Visitor Education Center. The National Trust was honored for its authentic restoration of the Gothic cottage back to the era when President Lincoln and his family summered at the site and the President penned the early drafts of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Special commendation was given to the National Trust for its sensitive rehabilitation of the administration building into the Staff Offices and Visitor Education Center integrating the best of preservation standards with sustainability practices. The Visitor Education Center is on target to receive LEED Gold and is also being considered as a pilot project for LEED 2009’s new Alternate Compliance Path for Life Cycle Assessment of Building Assemblies.  Final LEED certification was submitted last week for the project.  Look for a future story on this project - a great example of the intersection of historic preservation and sustainability.

Also honored for their involvement in the project were:

The Christman Company; RMJM Hillier; Mona Electric Group; Oak Grove Restoration Company; and Strickland Fire Protection.

This has been a good month for the National Trust's Historic Sites.  Last week, Decatur House, also in Washington, DC received a Design Excellence Award for the restoration of the Entry Hall & Stair Hall from the AIA DC.  Interestingly, Decatur House also received a Mayor's Award for Restoration three years ago for the restoration of the Kitchen.

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Barbara Campagna

Barbara A. Campagna, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C was formerly the Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust in the Stewardship of Historic Sites office. She is currently a sustainability consultant to the National Trust and can be reached at