Preservation Maryland will hold its annual Best of Maryland statewide preservation awards during National Preservation Month on Thursday, May 17, 2018 to recognize strong advocates for historic preservation and the professionals, organizations, and volunteers who accomplish the important task of protecting Maryland history and architecture. More information is available at: bestofmaryland.org.
THE 2018 BEST OF MARYLAND AWARDEES ARE:
Legislative Champion: Sen. Ben Cardin
Senator Ben Cardin is a long-time advocate for historic preservation and fought hard successfully to save the Historic Tax Credit during the Tax Reform debate of 2017. Sen. Cardin also introduced bi-partisan legislation which would have vastly improved the use of the credit by smaller Main Street-style rehabilitations.
Legislative Champion: State Senator Bill Ferguson
Senator Bill Ferguson of Baltimore City introduced two Historic Tax Credit bills in the General Assembly this year to incentivize affordable housing and make the credit a more effective tool for revitalization. Sen. Ferguson is receiving the Legislative Champion award for an unprecedented second year in a row.
Legislative Champion: State Delegate Alonzo T. Washington
Delegate Alonzo Washington of Prince George’s County sponsored two Historic Tax Credit bills in support of historic preservation, affordable housing, and an important provision to support the rehabilitation of functionally-related structures making large-scale catalytic projects more feasible.
President’s Award: National Historic Preservation Training Center
The National Historic Preservation Training Center provides expert technical training in preservation to employees of the National Park Service. On the occasion of their 40th Anniversary and for their commitment to the community, Preservation Maryland will recognize their contribution to our national preservation movement with our highest honor.
Stewardship Award: Domino Sugar, Triangle Sign & Service
Domino Sugar retains Triangle Sign & Service to perform weekly maintenance on the massive Domino Sugars sign visible from across Baltimore City and the Harbor. An iconic part of the Baltimore City skyline, the 120 foot by 70 foot sign is an example of a rare neon field and has been aglow since the 1950s, due exclusively to Domino Sugar’s stewardship.
The Phoenix Award: Havre de Grace Opera House
Since 1871, the Havre de Grace Opera House has been a fixture of community and culture in Harford County. Recently, the City and a private Opera House Foundation embarked on a rehabilitation project to address accessibility, safety, and comfort issues, while also restoring the historic materials and character. A grand reopening of the Cultural Center was held in August 2017.
Gearhart Professional Service Award: Aaron Marcavitch, Maryland Milestone State Heritage Area
Aaron Marcavitch is a leader in heritage tourism and preservation partnerships throughout Maryland and beyond. Aaron recently opened the Maryland Milestones Heritage Center in the heart of Hyattsville. He was instrumental in the state’s War of 1812 bicentennial, is active in historic Greenbelt, and recently published a book about the history of U.S. Route 1.
Harrison Volunteer Award: Jillian Storms, AIA, “Early Women of Architecture in Maryland”
As the chairwoman of the Women in Architecture Committee of AIA Baltimore, Jillian Storms conducted and led extensive research about the practices and contributions of women in architecture across Maryland. She shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for the topic with a traveling exhibit, tours, and lectures – and a multi-media website.
Preservation Artisan Award: The Artisans of the Hackerman House at the Walters Art Museum
The Hackerman House was recently renovated as a state-of-the-art example of protecting a museum collection within a historic building, including a fire suppression system. Representatives from The Walters Art Museum, Lewis Contractors, Fireline, MasterCare Flooring, Wocester Eisenbrandt, Hayles & Howe, Cypress Painting Systems, Ariosa & Company, and Ruff Roofers will accept the award.
Community Choice Awards: The Ark of Hungerford Creek relocated by the Calvert Marine Museum; Exterior repair and restoration at the Church Hill Theatre in Southern Maryland; Preservation and sustainability planning by the Town of Highland Beach; the Parkway Theatre in Baltimore City’s Station North Arts and Entertainment District.