Preservation Merit Awards

Since 1976, Historic Albany has given annual awards for projects, individuals and organizations that demonstrate excellence and a commitment to preservation techniques and initiatives. Award winning projects exemplify the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Preserving, Rehabilitating, Restoring and Reconstructing Historic Properties or guidelines for adaptive reuse; and have inspired other preservation efforts.  All awardees have acted as examples of best practices for preservation within the City of Albany and surrounding Albany County. Historic Albany Foundation is thrilled to recognize these projects, individuals and organizations who have demonstrated a strong commitment to Albany’s historic architecture, often in the face of serious challenges. 

Historic Albany recognizes a variety of projects, organizations, and people each year from our Preservation Merit Award-winning vacant building restorations, to Preservation Initiative Award-winning smaller projects that made the choice to repair and restore rather than gut and replace. You’re proud of the projects you pour your blood, sweat and tears into. Historic Albany wants to recognize those efforts and those of your neighbors. It’s people like you that truly preserve our historic city.

All projects must be within Albany County. Self-nominations are accepted with the exception of Certificates of Recognition or Preservation Leadership Awards. Lifetime Achievement Awards are awarded at Historic Albany’s discretion. The next Preservation Merit Awards will take place in 2020.

2019 Preservation Merit Awards


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