2013 Preservation Awards

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Several residents and groups in Riverside/Avondale were honored last month at the annual Jacksonville Historic Preservation Commission’s 2013 Preservation Awards.
Those honored include Jeanmarie Grimsley, Wayne Wood and Riverside Preservation for their role in the heritage education exhibit “Historic Riverside Avondale: Jacksonville’s Hidden Gem” at Jacksonville International Airport, Mike Field, Ennis Davis, Wayne Wood, Jeanmarie Grimsley and the Jacksonville Historical Society for  the heritage education program Jax Pop Up History, a Facebook-based “flash mob” for historical events, the house at 3710 Richmond Street for  Architecturally Compatible New Construction, three homes for Residential Rehabilitation (1619 Challen Avenue, 3012 Oak Street and 3665 Pine Street), and Derby on Park for Commercial Rehabilitation.
Twenty-two preservation awards were given in categories such as Heritage Education (Publication, Exhibit, Program/Tour), Preservation Project, Preservation Service, Architecturally Compatible New Construction, Residential Rehabilitation, Commercial Rehabilitation, and Great Save.
The City of Jacksonville also received a special honor. Lisa Sheppard announced the official designation for the city as a Preserve America Community. Preserve America is a national initiative, which recognizes communities that protect and celebrate their heritage, use their historic assets for economic development and community revitalization, and encourage people to experience and appreciate local historic resources through education and heritage tourism programs.
Benefits of designation include White House recognition, a certificate of recognition, a Preserve America Community road sign, eligibility for Preserve America grants, authorization to use the Preserve America logo on signs, flags, banners, and promotional materials, listing in a Web-based Preserve America Community directory, national and regional press releases, and enhanced community visibility and pride.

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