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Awards

 

Each year, Indiana Landmarks recognizes outstanding achievements related to preservation. We are proud to highlight the efforts of individuals and groups who save and celebrate historic places.

 

The Cook Cup

Sandi Servaas Memorial Award

The Williamson Prize for Individual Leadership in Preservation

John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation

Regional awards for preservation

 

 

The Cook Cup

 

Indiana Landmarks awards The Cook Cup to the owner of a significant historic structure that has been restored following the highest standards in method, materials and design. The selection committee looks for a restoration that has had a significant, beneficial  impact on its neighborhood or community.

 

The nominee may be an individual, corporation or partnership, nonprofit organization, or government entity. The restoration must have been completed within the past two years, and the structure must be in active use for its original purpose or adapted to a new purpose.)

The winner will receive an engraved silver cup on April 30, 2016, at Indiana Landmarks’ annual Rescue Party in Indianapolis, with complimentary admission for two to the event, as well as recognition in Indiana Preservation magazine and in a release to media.

 

Nomination deadline: Monday, January 25, 2016

Download the nomination form

 

Read more about the 2015 winners of Indiana Landmarks' Cook Cup.

 

 

The Sandi Servaas Memorial Award

 

The Sandi Servaas Memorial Award recognizes outstanding achievement across the broad spectrum of historic preservation in two categories:
 

  • nonprofit organization, public institution, or public agency;
  • teacher, school program, or youth-serving agency.

The Servaas Award judges look for a compelling narrative that conveys how the nominee:

 

  • displayed high standards and success in historic preservation;
  • benefited a neighborhood, town or place.
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    Activities—individually or in combination—that might warrant a nomination include (but are not limited to): success in saving or protecting historic places; campaigns, programs or events that substantially raised preservation awareness; sustained educational programs that engage young people in preservation or elevated their appreciation of landmarks. We welcome self nominations.

     

    Note: Indiana Landmarks' award for brick-and-mortar achievement is not the Servaas Award; our Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration is given each April.

     

    Prizes: The winning nonprofit organization receives $2,000, and $1,000 each goes to the winner in the youth-serving category. Each winner also takes home an original Servaas Memorial Award sculpture, “No Doors to Lock out the Past,” by Indiana artist John McNaughton.

     

    Indiana Landmarks will present the Servaas Award at our annual meeting in Indianapolis on September 11, 2016. The winning organization will receive complimentary admission for two to the event. 

     

    Nomination deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016

    Download the nomination form

     

    Servaas Award background:  At her untimely death in 1975, Sandi Servaas worked for Indiana Landmarks, generating public awareness and support for preservation. To remember Sandi’s contributions and dynamic spirit, Indiana Landmarks and the Servaas family established the annual Sandi Servaas Memorial Award in 1976.

     

     

    The Williamson Prize for Individual Leadership in Preservation 

     

    The Williamson Prize recognizes outstanding leadership and achievement in historic preservation by an individual.

     

    The Williamson Prize judges look for a compelling narrative that conveys how the nominee:

     

  • displayed high standards and success in historic preservation;
  • revitalized a neighborhood, town or place, or otherwise has had a positive impact on the community through historic preservation;
  • demonstrated above-and-beyond commitment to preservation over an extended period of time
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    Activities—individually or in combination—that might warrant a nomination include (but are not limited to): leadership in projects that saved or protected a historic place or places; creation of or superlative leadership in campaigns, programs or events that substantially raised preservation awareness in a community; leadership in advocacy for saving endangered places and/or revitalizing downtowns and neighborhoods. We welcome self nominations.

     

    Note: Indiana Landmarks' award for brick-and-mortar achievement is not the Williamson Prize; our Cook Cup for Outstanding Restoration is given each April.

     

    Prizes: The winning individual receives $1,000 and a symbol representing the Williamson Prize.

     

    Indiana Landmarks will present the Williamson Prize at our annual meeting in Indianapolis on September 11, 2016.

     

    Nomination deadline: Friday, May 6, 2016

     

    Download the nomination form

     

    Williamson Prize background: In naming our new individual award, Indiana Landmarks honors the impactful career of J. Reid Williamson, Jr., president of Indiana Landmarks from 1973 to 2005. A change agent for the organization and the state, Reid Williamson advanced the preservation movement by stressing the importance of local preservation organizations and by using restoration as a tool to revitalize entire neighborhoods and towns. Under his leadership, Indiana Landmarks created regional offices to serve the entire state, and grew in membership, staff, and endowment.

     

     

    John Arnold Award for Rural Preservation

     

    Indiana Landmarks pres­ents the John Arnold Rural Preservation Award to recognize the preservation and continued use of historic farming-related buildings. The award is named in memory of John Arnold (1955-1991), a Rush County farmer who combined progressive archi­tectural practices with a deep respect for the natural and historic components of rural landscapes, including the farm owned by his family since 1820. The award winner re­ceives a hand­some outdoor marker.

     

    For more information about the Arnold Award, contact Tommy Kleckner, 812-232-4534, tkleckner@indianalandmarks.org.

     

    Nomination deadline: Friday, June 10, 2016

    Download the nomination form 

     

     

     

    Regional awards for preservation

     

    Each year, Indiana Landmarks' regional offices recognize projects that exemplify preservation and stewardship of historic places. These projects can include continued use of historic structures, outstanding restorations, adaptive use of historic properties, and more. Winners receive custom-designed framed awards presented during our annual regional moveable feasts. If you know a project you believe deserves accolades, contact the regional office nearest you.

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