2019 Preservation Texas Honor Award Winners Announced

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Preservation Texas has announced nineteen restoration, rehabilitation and preservation planning projects that will be recognized at its 2019 Honor Awards Ceremony and Reception in Austin, Texas on February 27th.  The 2019 Honor Awards, selected by a jury of preservationists, recognize successful efforts to save irreplaceable and authentic historic places in Texas.  Additionally, awards will be presented recognizing an elected official, an advocate, a heritage education program, a preservation professional, and an author.

The 2019 Honor Awards Ceremony and Reception will be held on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at the historic Paramount Theatre on Congress Avenue in Austin.  A beer and wine reception with hors d’oeuvres will begin at 6:00 pm with the awards being presented at 6:45 pm.  The event is open to the public; attendees must register online at www.PreservationTexas.org/2019Summit

The Paramount Theatre

Honor award-winning projects have been selected in Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Cisco, Dallas, El Paso, Karnes City, Houston, Morgan’s Point, Nacogdoches and Plano.  They range in scale from small cottages to tall office towers, from the mid-19th to the mid-20th centuries.  Two of the buildings had been previously named as Most Endangered Places in Texas: the Laguna Hotel in Cisco and Old Dallas High School.

Two venerable Austin institutions will be recognized with the Clara Driscoll Award, recognizing long-term stewardship of historic resources.  St. Edward’s University and the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Texas will be honored for continuing efforts to care for historic resources.  Recently completed projects include St. Edward’s University’s Main Building and Holy Cross Hall, the Colonial Dames’ 1856 Neill-Cochran House Museum.

The 1856 Neill-Cochran House in Austin

St. Edward’s University Main Building in Austin

“The 2019 Honor Award winners set a high standard toward which we can all aspire,” said Preservation Texas President Ann Benson McGlone of San Antonio. “These preservation projects required vision and determination. We look forward to putting the spotlight on these outstanding efforts.”

On the following day, Preservation Texas will announce its 2019 Most Endangered Places list on the South Steps of the State Capitol at 11:00 am.  The Honor Awards and Most Endangered Places announcement are part of the 2019 Preservation Texas Summit, an educational outreach program of Preservation Texas. Founded in 1985, Preservation Texas is a non-profit, member-supported advocate for historic preservation in Texas.

A list of the nineteen honor award-winning projects follows:

Abilene: J. D. Magee House (1910 North Third Street)

Amarillo: The Firestone (1000 South Tyler)

Austin: Arno Nowotny Building (709 E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard)

Austin: O. Henry Hall (601 Colorado Street)

Austin: Oakwood Cemetery Chapel (1601 Navasota Street)

Austin: Tucker-Winfield Apartments (1105 Nueces Street)

Austin: Zilker Park Caretaker’s Cottage (2105 Andrew Zilker Road)

Cisco: Laguna Lofts (400 Conrad Hilton Boulevard)

Dallas: First Presbyterian Church of Dallas (1835 Young Street)

Dallas: The Mercantile Commerce Building (1712 Commerce Street)

Dallas: Old Dallas High School (2218 Bryan Street)

Dallas: Old Dallas Library (1954 Commerce Street)

Dallas: Tower Petroleum (1907 Elm Street)

El Paso: Bassett Tower (303 Texas Avenue)

Houston: Houston Heights Historic District Guidelines

Karnes City: Karnes County Courthouse (210 West Calvert Avenue)

Morgan’s Point: Morgan’s Point Carriage House (510 Bayridge Road)

Nacogdoches: The Fredonia Hotel (200 North Fredonia Street)

Plano: L. A. Davis Cemetery

Register online: www.PreservationTexas.org/2019Summit