Cornerstones, Inc. will make a presentation of two awardsfor excellence in the field of historic preservation. The nature/ purpose, eligibility, criteria and nominatingprocess of these two awards are described below:
The Cornerstones, Inc. Historic Preservation Awards areintended to recognize meaningful achievements indicative of excellence anddistinguished service in the field of historic preservation. It is the intent that these awards notonly will recognize and honor outstanding leadership and contributions madetowards advancing the preservation of the historic material culture and builtenvironment of Hamilton County, Tennessee but also that these awards willincrease public awareness of the importance of preserving our material cultureand built environment. The twoawards given and their more specific purposes are:
- The Cornerstones Award for Excellence in a Residential Preservation Project - this is a new award in 2012 to recognize outstanding achievements in restoring, rehabilitating, preserving or otherwise reusing a residential property (the “Project”). In the course of completing the renovation, the recipient will have sympathetically maintained and/or carefully rehabilitated any historic fabric, and any new construction shall be both compatible with the old fabric and of a high aesthetic quality. The residential property must be located in Hamilton County, Tennessee and must meet the threshold of being over 50 years old.
- The Cornerstones Award for Excellence in a Preservation Project - this award recognizes outstanding achievements in restoring, rehabilitating, preserving or otherwise reusing a building, site, structure, object, landscape, feature or other artifact of material culture or the built environment (the “Project”). In the course of completing the Project, the recipient will have sympathetically maintained and/or carefully rehabilitated any old fabric on the Project, and nay new construction shall be both compatible with the old fabric and of a high aesthetic quality. The Project must be located in Hamilton County, Tennessee, and must have been completed (or be substantially completed, if not completed at the time of the nomination) within the last five years.
- The Sophia Long Award for Distinguished Service in the Promotion of Historic Preservation – this award recognizes distinguished and exemplary service towards promoting efforts in historic preservation, which service may include: funding and/ or fundraising for preservation projects and/or historic preservation generally; instructing others in the field of preservation of material culture and the built environment including regarding strategies for preservation, methods for preservation, the economic impact of preservation, the importance of preservation in land use planning and development, the cultural and historic significances of preservation, etc.; advocacy for the protection of historic buildings, sites, and resources; providing historic interpretation and/or research on material culture and the built environment; contributing to designing and planning efforts in the course of land use decisions which promote the interest of historic preservation projects or organizations devoted towards the mission of historic preservation; and education and informing the general public and public officials, including the promotion of public policies that advance the interest of preserving our material culture and built environment. The recipient’s efforts in this filed shall have had a substantial impact on historic preservation in Hamilton County, Tennessee.