2019 Preservation Merit Awards
Call for Nominations!

Historic Albany is seeking nominations for our 2019 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 and tax credit projects to Preservation Initiative Award winning smaller projects that made the choice to repair and restore rather than gut and replace. See the full slate of awards given below.

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. You are proud of the projects you pour your blood, sweat and tears into. Historic Albany wants to recognize those efforts and those of your neighbors because it’s people like you that truly preserve our historic city.

Nominations must be received by 5pm on Friday, January 25, 2019 for consideration
and may be emailed to: cmacri@historic-albany.org or mailed to:
Historic Albany Foundation
89 Lexington Avenue
Albany, NY 12206
Attn: Preservation Merit Awards

Digital submissions are preferred. To discuss a nomination or for questions, please contact Cara Macri at cmacri@historic-albany.org or 518-465-0876 x12.

Award Categories

Preservation Merit Award winning projects are outstanding examples of restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse that inspire other preservation efforts and serve as a model for best practices. These projects often utilize incentives such as the New York State and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits and overcome several challenges such as vacancy, severe deterioration, development or demolition pressure, or financial hardship.

Preservation Initiative Award winning projects are commendable preservation efforts in which property owners deliberately chose to use historic building materials and techniques, often more time-consuming/labor intensive methods, or to spend more money to be true to the historic character and maintain the architectural integrity of the property.

Stewardship Award provides recognition typically to an organization for continued efforts in maintaining and restoring a historic structure or landscape (i.e. cemetery, park conservancy) through financial, organizational or physical challenges.

Main Street Award gives recognition for downtown or “Main Street” revitalization efforts. These projects “bucks the trend” of commercial activities moving to the suburbs and takes the perceived substantial risk of (re)locating in the city core or at the key Main Street locations in struggling neighborhoods.

Elizabeth P. Griffin Award for Preservation Leadership recognizes the efforts of an individual or organization that consistently goes above and beyond to promote best practices in preservation and is a leader in Albany preservation efforts.

Certificate of Recognition acknowledges individuals, organizations or businesses who have made a noteworthy contribution to local preservation efforts.

Sustainable Cities Award applauds the implementation of important urban planning concepts such as successful building reuse, maintaining/recreating density in downtown, and sustainable/green efforts which are not restoration or rehabilitation projects, but are clearly in line with preservation ideals and Historic Albany’s advocacy efforts.

Inspiration in Preservation Award recognizes the efforts of a young person who has made a substantial impact on the community and preservation in Albany in general. Historic Albany does not accept nominations for this award it is selected .

Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the long-term efforts of someone who has made a substantial impact on the community and preservation in Albany in general. Often having been involved in multiple preservation efforts through in-kind or pro-bono services, professional skills, leadership or advocacy efforts.
*Historic Albany does not accept nominations for this award and gives this award at the Foundation’s discretion.