The Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission (KHPC) is currently accepting nominations for the 2020 Historic Preservation Awards of Merit. The awards recognize individuals or institutions that have done an outstanding job of rehabilitating a historic structure or have actively promoted or contributed to historic preservation in the city of Kalamazoo.
Community members are invited to nominate worthy candidates in any or all of the following categories:
- Individuals or institutions whose day-to-day, general preservation activities merit significant recognition OR who, as stewards of a historic property, have demonstrated excellence in ongoing preservation by the use of timely maintenance and repair.
- Residential Property projects – demonstrate outstanding, completed exterior restoration or rehabilitation work or new sympathetic infill construction.
- Commercial/Institutional/Government Property Projects - demonstrate outstanding, completed exterior restoration or rehabilitation work or new sympathetic infill construction.
- Mixed Use (commercial and Residential or others) Property Projects - demonstrate outstanding, completed exterior restoration or rehabilitation work or new sympathetic infill construction.
- Infill or new construction which complements the historic character of the surrounding buildings.
New Categories for 2020
- Interior Rehabilitation – nominations in this category must have the owner’s permission and the nominator must be able to facilitate a viewing by the judges. “Before” photos are especially important in this category.
- Innovative Solutions in Preservation - Award recognizes an outstanding and creative example of adaptive reuse, incorporating sensitive and creative solutions to issues of sustainability, and integration of accessibility improvements.
- Archaeology Award - Award is open to individuals, institutions, or organizations, public or private, who merit recognition for their contributions to the preservation of Kalamazoo’s archaeological heritage.
Community members can submit as many separate nominations as they wish. Honorees will be announced and awards will be presented at a ceremony during National Preservation Month in May 2020.
To be eligible for nomination, projects must be located in the City of Kalamazoo and have been completed within the past five years, with the work substantially completed by February 29, 2020. The commission is especially seeking projects outside the currently designated historic districts. Rehabilitation projects should comply with the Secretary of the Interior Standards.