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38th Annual Historic Preservation Awards Photo Gallery

Ryman Lofts – 100 Middleton Street
Historic Preservation Awards, May 29, 2013

Preservation Awards

For nearly forty years, the Metropolitan Historical Commission has recognized outstanding efforts to preserve Nashville’s historic architecture with its annual Preservation Awards program.

39th Annual Preservation Awards

The Metropolitan Historical Commission is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Preservation Awards program, honoring Davidson County’s best preservation projects. The public is invited to submit any building or structure, built no later than 1963, that has been restored, rehabilitated, or carefully maintained over time. The awards also recognize well-designed new construction that harmonizes with a historic environment. Buildings open to the public as historic sites are not eligible. Previous winners MAY be eligible if the work is significantly different.

Categories for nominations include:

  • Residential Properties (single-family and multi-family)
  • Commercial Buildings
  • Religious Properties
  • Engineering and Industrial Structures
  • Educational and Institutional Buildings
  • Infill Construction (new structures located within a context of historic architecture)

Nominations will be judged on their architectural merit and/or historic interest, soundness of condition, creativity in adaptation for contemporary use, and sensitivity to historic architectural integrity. Nominations are due Friday, March 14, 2014. Judging will take place in April 2014, date to be determined.

This year marks the 39th Anniversary of the Metropolitan Historical Commission’s annual awards program. Winners will be announced at a public ceremony in May 2014, date and time to be determined. 

For more information, please call the Metropolitan Historical Commission at (615) 862-7970 or email

38th Annual Preservation Awards

May 29, 2013

The Metropolitan Historical Commission celebrated National Preservation Month by presenting Preservation Awards to eleven properties and recognizing five properties with honorable mentions. The event took place in the Nashville Public Library Conference Center; Mayor Karl Dean assisted with the awards presentation. After the awards ceremony, Historic Nashville, Inc., and the Historical Commission hosted a reception honoring all participants at The Rymer Gallery, 233 Fifth Avenue North.

Thirty-one properties were nominated this year in the categories of Residential, Educational and Institutional, Commercial, and Infill architecture. Judges for the 2013 Preservation Awards were Patrick McIntyre, Executive Director of the Tennessee Historical Commission; Anne-Leslie Owens, Public Art Project Coordinator with the Metropolitan Arts Commission; and Joni Priest, Planner with the Metropolitan Planning Department. The judges visited each nominated property and selected the following winners:


  • Several decades ago, Free Will Baptist Bible College converted the Lindseth Residence, located at 3533 Richland Avenue, to apartments. The judges awarded the recent rehabilitation project, which involved returning the historic home to a single-family residence and repairing the deteriorated exterior.
  • The judges recognized 208 South 11th Street with an award for its remarkable transformation. The residence required significant repairs for deterioration and inappropriate alterations.
  • The rehabilitation of 603 Fatherland Street also reversed inappropriate alterations and repaired deteriorated elements. 
  • The judges recognized the Cigarran Residence at 212 Craighead Avenue with an award for the renovation of the original house and new two-story addition. 

Educational and Institutional:

  • The award-winning rehabilitation of Two Rivers Mansion, located at 3130 McGavock Pike, repaired severely water-damaged decorative and structural elements on the exterior of the historic house.


  • The rehabilitation of Lockeland Table at 1520 Woodland Street involved adapting a 1930s grocery store into a modern restaurant and rebuilding the altered façade. 
  • Originally constructed through New Deal programming to house various municipal public works departments, the Public Works Garages at Rolling Mill Hill have been adapted into office space for several area businesses. The award-winning project retained historical elements such as bowed steel truss roof systems, original metal frame windows, stepped parapet rooflines, and decorative brick detailing.
  • Built as the first office building for the Nashville Bridge Company, and enlarged over the years, The Bridge Building is an integral part of the Riverfront Redevelopment initiative for the Cumberland River’s east bank. The rehabilitation project incorporated modern-day infrastructure and life safety features into a sculptural new addition that references the site’s industrial heritage.


  • The judges awarded 1104 Haysboro Avenue as an example of new construction that is compatible with historic neighbors in massing and scale, but is clearly of its time.
  • The award-winning infill project at 1812 Ordway Place, located in a cluster of 1920s Spanish Revival homes called “Little Hollywood,” used modern materials to offer a contemporary take on the historic architectural style. 
  • The infill project “Lillian Street,” involved a series of seven newly-constructed single-family homes primarily on the 1200 block of Lillian Street.  The judges awarded the project for its bold approach to neighborhood redevelopment. 

The judges recognized the following properties with honorable mentions:

  • The judges recognized the Niedermeyer Home, located at 3717 Woodmont Boulevard, with an honorable mention in the Residential category for sensitive additions and updates to the original home. 
  • The pair of residences at 3514 and 3516 Gillespie Avenue also received honorable mentions in the Residential category for two equally comprehensive rehabilitation projects. 
  • Amqui Station and Visitors Center in Madison has experienced a lot of change in its long history. The judges recognized the rehabilitation of the station and the newly-constructed platform and visitors center with an honorable mention in the Educational/Institutional category.  
  • In the Infill category, the judges recognized the multi-family development Ryman Lofts, located at 100 Middleton Street on Rolling Mill Hill, with an honorable mention for its clever combination of old industrial aesthetic with playful artistry. 

The Metropolitan Historical Commission presented the Achievement Award to Ann Tidwell for her dedication to the protection, conservation, and promotion of Tennessee’s natural resources, including Radnor Lake and Nashville’s greenways and trails. The Commission honored Barry Walker and Marathon Village with its Commissioners' Award for pioneering efforts to rehabilitate and promote the history and continued use of Nashville’s Marathon Motor Works. Additionally, the Commission presented the Leadership Award in History to George H. Cate, Jr., for his commitment to educating the public about the history of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County and dedicated service to the Metropolitan Historical Commission.

The 2013 program marked the thirty-eighth year of the Preservation Awards event, held annually to coincide with the national celebration of Preservation Month.  The theme for National Preservation Month 2013 was “See! Save! Celebrate!”

see! save! celebrate!

For more information, please call the Metropolitan Historical Commission at (615) 862-7970 or email

History Of the Preservation Awards Program

The Metropolitan Historical Commission’s Preservation Awards program began in 1973 as an Architectural Awards program.  Miss Margaret Lindsley Warden, a charter member and former chair of the MHC, had the idea to create an incentive for people to preserve historic buildings. metropolitan historical commission architectural award plaqueShe had observed how successful prizes were in horse shows and had heard of similar awards programs for preservation of buildings in other cities.

In 1973, the purpose was stated as:

1) To stimulate interest in owners of pertinent buildings to preserve and restore them with authenticity, and
2) To spread information, i.e., to educate the community, on the merits (architectural and historical) and contemporary uses of distinguished buildings of the past.

The awards were originally aimed at residences, but the categories have increased as the need arose.  In 1973 the categories included dwellings, offices, and historic districts.  In 1997 those properties were expanded to six categories: residences (both single and multi-family structures), commercial buildings, religious properties, educational and institutional buildings, engineering and industrial structures, and infill construction.

Since 1973, nearly 350 awards have gone to a broad range of historic structures – dwellings, churches, commercial and industrial buildings, schools, even to bridges and new developments.  Nominated by the public, they are honored for their sensitivity to the original architecture and the surrounding environment, creativity in adaptation for contemporary use, architectural merit and/or historic interest, long-term maintenance, adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and pioneering spirit.  The public awards ceremony coincides with National Preservation Month, which is celebrated every year in May. 

Mayor Karl Dean and Ann RobertsToday, in addition to recognizing various preservation projects, the Commission recognizes individuals and groups with the Achievement and Commissioners’ Awards.  The Achievement Award is given to an individual in recognition of his/her extraordinary leadership in preserving Nashville’s history -- either through research and writing history or through advocacy and raising public awareness of history and preservation.  The Commissioners' Award recognizes a group, program, or project that enhances Nashville’s history and historic resources.  It is designed to honor projects that do not fit within the traditional preservation award categories.  Achievement and Commissioners’ Awards are selected by the Historical Commission.

In the early years, the Commission held a separate event to recognize various individuals, groups, and projects that were involved in the preservation of the built environment and the promotion of our local history.  Eventually, the two awards programs were combined.  In recent years, the name of the new program changed to “Preservation Awards” to acknowledge the diversity of individuals, groups, and types of projects receiving awards. 

Participation In the Preservation Awards Program

Nomination forms are due Friday, March 14, 2014, along with digital images of the nominated property.  To be considered, nominated properties must be located in Davidson County and, with the exception of the infill construction category, must have been built no later than 1963.  Buildings open to the public as historic sites are not eligible.  Previous winners MAY be eligible if the work is significantly different.

For more information about the Preservation Awards program, please call the Metropolitan Historical Commission at (615) 862-7970 or email