Preservation Texas Announces Media Award for Preservation Documentary


February 11, 2016

Austin, Texas — Preservation Texas, Inc. has announced that Restore, a documentary produced, directed and filmed by Mark Birnbaum, will receive its Texas Media Award on February 18, 2016.  This Honor Award will be presented at a special ceremony at the historic State Theatre on Congress Avenue in Austin as part of the Preservation Texas 2016 Summit.

The Texas Media Award recognizes outstanding media coverage of historic preservation issues, projects and local history.

Restore is a short film that examines three North Texas restoration projects: The Old Dallas Municipal Building, a Beaux Arts landmark which will become the University of North Texas Law School; the 169 year-old Sharrock Log Cabin, thought to be the oldest structure in Dallas County; and Lady Justice, an eleven foot tall copper statue being restored after a long absence to her rightful place atop the Navarro County Courthouse in Corsicana.  The film offers a broad, behind-the-scenes look at historic restoration and the obsession with old buildings shared among craftsmen, curators, engineers and architects.

“Historic preservation is rarely documented and presented in a compelling, high-quality film,” said Preservation Texas executive director Evan Thompson.  “This documentary provides a wider audience with a better appreciation of the excitement and challenge of restoring historic places.”


Founded in 1985, Preservation Texas is a member-supported non-profit historic preservation advocacy and education organization based in Austin, Texas.  The organization does not receive any government funding.  

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