Today is the last day to submit nominations for the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards. We’ll be highlighting a few of our favorites from last year here on the blog to give you a sense of what’s won in the past, and hope to see some of your projects here when the winners are announced at the 2012 National Preservation Conference in Spokane, Washington, on November 2!
Green Revival House – Galveston, Texas
2011 Honor Award
When Hurricane Ike slammed into Galveston, more than 70 percent of the city’s buildings were lost or damaged. But one fortunate 19th century house was rescued and transformed into a LEED-Platinum Certified Historic House. (Check out our post about the house from 2010. It's come a long way!)
The Galveston Historical Foundation relocated and rehabilitated the 1891 cottage, using more than 90 percent of the original materials, including the cypress walls. Tanks were placed on the roof to harvest rainwater, and modern energy systems were installed. The project is a stirring reminder that sustainability and preservation are compatible goals. It has drawn thousands of visitors, and is the first historic home renovation in the country to earn LEED Platinum certification.
Each year the National Trust for Historic Preservation celebrates the best of preservation by presenting the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards to individuals and organizations whose contributions demonstrate excellence in historic preservation. We invite you to nominate a deserving individual, organization, agency, or project for a Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Award. The nomination deadline for all awards is March 15, 2012.