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39th Annual Historic Preservation Awards Photo Gallery

Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. - 1628 Fatherland Street
Historic Preservation Awards, May 28, 2014

38th Annual Historic Preservation Awards Photo Gallery

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Preservation Awards

39th Annual Preservation Awards
May 28, 2014

The Metropolitan Historical Commission celebrated National Preservation Month by presenting Preservation Awards to seven properties and recognizing four properties with honorable mentions at the 39th Annual Preservation Awards program on Wednesday, May 28, 2014. The event took place in the Nashville Public Library Conference Center; Mayor Karl Dean assisted with the awards presentation. After the awards ceremony, The Arts Company, Historic Nashville, Inc., and the Historical Commission hosted a reception honoring all participants at The Arts Company, 215 Fifth Avenue North.

Twenty-two properties were nominated this year in the categories of Residential, Industrial and Engineering, Commercial, and Infill architecture. Judges for the 2014 Preservation Awards were Susan A. Besser, ASID, LEED AP, Principal Designer with Franklin Preservation Associates, and Jaime Destefano, Senior Architectural Historian with History, Incorporated. The judges visited each nominated property and selected the following winners:


  • The judges recognized the Kuster Residence at 2812 Oakland Avenue with an award for creative modernization of a Craftsman bungalow. The project included reopening a previously enclosed front porch and expanding the home with a rear addition.
  • The judges awarded 2519 Fairfax Avenue for a rehabilitation project that keeps with the spirit of the home’s Tudor Revival style. The residence required repairs for deterioration and various alterations. The project also included a new addition, appropriately scaled for the original home.
  • After discovering decorative wood detail under the home’s aluminum siding, the team working on Roycroft Place at 754 Benton Avenue carefully restored the exterior to an award-winning appearance. The team also restored interior elements, repairing if possible and replacing with in-kind or era-appropriate materials and finishes only when needed.


  • Designed to look like a single-family home, the pair of new residences at 1318 3rd Avenue North take inspiration from the historic former fire hall nearby, reflecting the Tudor style in design and use of materials. The judges recognized the project for its sensitivity to the variety of historic architecture and the eclectic character of the neighborhood.


  • The rehabilitation of the Belmont Terrace Monumental Entryway required the careful removal of trees, roots, vines, moss, and sulfate deposits from the limestone wall. The award-winning project also included realigning some of the stonework and repointing the pillars.


  • Built in 1935 as a Gulf Gas and Service Station, The Filming Station at 501 8th Avenue South now serves as production and performance studio. The original stucco building is connected to a new addition by a glass enclosed lobby. The judges awarded the adaptive reuse project for its innovation and commitment to using salvaged materials, including 20,000 bricks, for the project.
  • The rehabilitation of Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Co. at 1628 Fatherland Street required the project team to work within FDA requirements to adapt a former grocery store into a chocolate factory. Additionally, the store’s exterior was meticulously restored and a second story added to the rooftop. Salvaged materials and vintage candy making machines add character to the interior.

The judges recognized the following properties with honorable mentions:

  • The judges recognized 3614 Valley Vista Road with an honorable mention in the Residential category for its modest screened porch addition and sensitive updates to the original home.
  • In the Infill category, the judges recognized 216-B 38th Avenue North with an honorable mention for creativity of design and sensitivity to the surrounding neighborhood.
  • The judges also recognized 513 Fatherland Street with an honorable mention in the Infill category for the creative design and the use of contrasting materials. The new residence bridges the gap between various eras and styles of architecture adjacent to the home and brings cohesion to the street.
  • Damage to the Calvary United Methodist Church – Hillsboro Pike Stone Wall along 3701 Hillsboro Pike required rebuilding the wall with mortar carefully hidden within the stonework. The judges recognized the project with an honorable mention in the Industrial and Engineering Category.

The Metropolitan Historical Commission presented the Achievement Award to Paul Clements for his dedication to the research and documentation of Middle Tennessee’s settlement and architectural history. The Commission honored the Native History Association with its Commissioners' Award for outstanding efforts to document, protect, and promote the understanding and appreciation of Native American history and historic sites in Middle Tennessee.

The 2014 program marks the 39th year of the Preservation Awards event, held annually to coincide with the national celebration of Preservation Month. Sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the theme for National Preservation Month 2014 is “New Age of Preservation: Embark, Inspire, Engage.”

For more information about the Preservation Awards program and this year’s winners, please call the Historical Commission at (615) 862-7970.

National Preservation Month 2014 logo: embark inspire engage

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

For the 40th Annual Preservation Awards program, nomination forms and digital images of the nominated property will be due in March 2015. 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