2013 Honor Awards

Clara Driscoll Award

Named in honor of Clara Driscoll Sevier, the Savior of the Alamo, this award recognizes an individual or organization with long-term dedication to the preservation of a community or property.

Cleo Lemonte “Montie” Goodin
Claude, Texas

From early on, Cleo Lemonte “Montie” Goodin has lived a life steeped in the history of the Texas Panhandle.  She was born in the Charles Goodnight house where her father was the Goodnight ranch foreman.   Goodnight was a legendary pioneer cattleman and Texas Ranger credited with inventing the chuck wagon, improving the side saddle and opening major cattle trails, such as the famous Goodnight Loving Trail.  Goodin spearheaded the restoration of the Goodnight House, completed in 2012, working with the community to raise over $3 million in donations and grants along with $2 million in in-kind gifts. She was involved with the Armstrong County Museum since its inception and served as director.  She was on the Historical Commission and helped restore the Armstrong County Courthouse.   In 1994 she developed a video history of the area and she has worked with University of North Texas to digitalize books about the county and historic area newspapers.  Goodin has been instrumental in preserving the Texas Panhandle’s unique and important role in Texas history for generations to come and through her efforts continues to show her genuine love of her community, her heritage and the education of future generations of Texas children.

Previous winners: Clovis and Maryann Heimsath (2012); Joe and Lanna Duncan (2011); Salem and Ruth Abraham (2010); Martha, Bebe and Mary Fenstermaker (2008); Concordia Heritage Association and the West Texas Community Supervision and Corrections Department (2008); Sue Morris Lazara and Jan Hamilton (2007); Southwest School of Art and Craft (2007); George and Cynthia Mitchell (2006); Joe Beal and Lower Colorado River Authority (2005); City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department (2005); Historic Fort Worth and Jerre Tracy (2005); Dodge Jones Foundation (2003); Bill Johnson (2002); Historic Eugene Clark Library Complex in Lockhart (2002); Galveston Historical Foundation (2001); John and Jane Barnhill (2001); Gay Ratliff (2001); Mathews Elementary School in Austin (2000); San Antonio Conservation Society (2000); Russell and Roxanne Boothe (1999); Texas Trailblazer Preservation Association and Patricia Smith Prather (1999); The Mamie McFaddin Ward Heritage Foundation (1999); Historic Restoration, Inc. (1999); Catherine Roberts (1998); Clay County Historical Society (1998); The Bedford School Restoration (1998); Barbara Hesse Odum (1998); Bennett Miller (1997); Fort Worth/Tarrant County Partnership (1997); Aztec of Albany (1996); Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Oran Milo Roberts Chapter (1996); Westphalia Historical Society, Inc. (1995); Operation Restoration, Inc. (1994); The Friends of Fort Davis National Historic Site (1993); Galveston Historical Foundation (1992); Black Dallas Remembered (1992); Old Blanco County Courthouse Preservation Society (1991); I-CARE (1990); Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County (1989); “Old Red” in Galveston (1989).


Master Craftsman Award

This award recognizes those individuals in Texas who have continued to use a particular traditional technique or method in construction to achieve authenticity in the restoration of historic resources. The technique must be considered artistic as well as rare.

Victor Hugo Salas
San Antonio, Texas

Victor Salas is an expert craftsman and historic preservation specialist who has been crafting custom architectural woodwork, steel sculptures, custom furniture, art pieces, sculptural ornamental iron art, staircases, gates and railing for over 40 years.  He has worked on thousands of residential and public design, restoration, and preservation projects throughout Texas, often taking on challenging projects that others do not have the expertise and experience to complete,  In San Antonio, he has worked on projects at the Alamo, Menger Hotel and Mission San Jose, among many others. Salas also works tirelessly as a volunteer educator and preservationist.  His knowledge, expertise and infectious enthusiasm for historic preservation have inspired both students and professionals and continue to be an inspiration and a catalyst for change in the community.

Previous winners: None.


Public Service Award

This award is given to an elected or appointed government official who has made a significant contribution to the preservation of Texas’ heritage.

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran
Kerrville and Austin, Texas

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1988 and was most recently re-elected in 2008 to serve the people of District 53.  From 2003 to 2008, he served as chairman of the House Committee on Culture, Recreation and Tourism. As chairman of the committee, Hilderbran oversaw the operation and control of state parks, the development and regulation of the state’s cultural and historical resources, and the promotion of international and interstate tourism. The committee has jurisdiction over Texas Parks and Wildlife, the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Rep. Hilderbran is dedicated to restoring excellence to the Texas park system. During the 80th Legislative Session, he authored a comprehensive funding bill aimed at restoring excellence to the state park system, as well as our state’s historic sites. H.B. 12 will provide approximately $91 million in additional funding each year for state and local parks. The substantial increase in funding is a huge step in the much-needed improvements in park repairs and operations.

Previous winners: Rep. Michael Villareal, San Antonio (2005); Sen. Kyle Janek (2004); Rep. Harryette Ehrhardt, East Dallas (2003); Willis Winters, Dallas (2002); Gene Camargo, San Antonio (2001); Veletta Forsythe Lill, Dallas (2001); Rep. Bob Hunter, Abilene (1999); Mayor Audrey Kariel, Marshall (1998); Lloyd Kelley, Houston (1997)


Truett Latimer Award

Named for the first state historic preservation officer of Texas, Truett Latimer, this award is given to a working professional who demonstrates a significant commitment and sustained involvement to preservation as part of their job responsibilities.

No recipient in 2013.

Previous winners: Lawrence Francell (2008); Robert J. Mallouf (2007); Tom S. Patty (2006); Dr. Mario L. Sanchez (2005); John Poston White (2003); Rudy Perez (2002); Verna Ann Wheeler (2001); Curtis Tunnell (1999); David D. Woodcock (1998); John Vaughan (1997); Alfonso E. Tellez (1996); Betty Baker (1994); Douglas W. Matthews (1993); M. Wayne Bell (1992); Judge Howard Coleman (1991); Sen. Cyndi Taylor Krier (1990); Ronald P. Emrich (1989) 


Curtis Tunnell Award

This award recognizes achievements in the promotion and preservation of Texas’ multicultural heritage.

No recipient in 2013.

Previous winners: Pass of the North Heritage Corridor, El Paso (2010); City of Marshall Historic Landmark Preservation Board (2008); Texas Folklife Resources Organization (2005); Victory Grill, Austin (2004); Texas Parks and Wildlife (2003); Freedman’s Cemetery Project, Dallas (2002); Historic Tyler (1989)


Alamo Award

Not all preservation battles are successful. This award honors a valiant effort on behalf of historic preservation that did not have positive results, but succeeded in securing a commitment to preservation in the community.

No recipient in 2013.

Previous winners: Tobin Hill, San Antonio (2005); Preservation Dallas, Dr. Pepper Building (1997); City of Fort Worth Historic and Cultural Landmark Commission and Historic Preservation Council for Tarrant County (1993); Market Square Historic District Project, Downtown Houston Association and Greater Houston Preservation Alliance (1992); Galveston Historical Foundation for the 1886 Darragh House (1991); Farmersville Historical Society (1990); San Antonio Conservation Society (1990); Mike Cochran and Historical Society of Denton County, Texas Women’s University Gymnasium (1989)


Texas Media Award

This award recognizes outstanding media coverage of historic preservation issues, projects and local history.

Buildings of Texas
Gerald Moorhead, Houston, Texas

Buildings of Texas is the first book to document, in its entirety and with expert scholarship, Texas’ architectural heritage from pre-statehood days to the present.  Gerald Moorhead, Houston architect, photographer and writer, lead a team of experts in writing the book.  Volume One:  Central, South Central, South and Gulf Coast Regions was published in April 2013.  Not only is it a historical record of the built environment of our state, but also a primary reference volume in support of the history and preservation of our state’s architecture.  By featuring under-appreciated structures as well as masterworks and by highlighting successful conservation and re-use strategies, the book is an invaluable resource for the efforts to safeguard the state’s architectural inheritance and as documentation of the role preservation plays in rejuvenating communities.

Previous winners: Hotel Galvez Centennial (2012); Matt Kelton, Clay County (2010); Josh Baugh, San Antonio Express-News (2007); Wellington Leader (2005); San Antonio Express-News (2005); The Oak Cliff Tribune (2004); The Free Press, Buda (2002); Painted Churches: Echoes of the Homeland (2002); KEOM-FM, Mesquite (2001); Marshall News Messenger (2000); Fred Patterson, The Denton Record-Chronicle (1999); Abilene Reporter-News (1998); The Herald-Democrat, Sherman (1998); Pump House News, Heritage Foundation of Hidalgo County (1996); Cameron County Historical Commission Newsletter (1995); In Situ, Dallas Archaeological Society Newsletter (1994); San Antonio Conservation Society News (1993); Galveston Historical Foundation Newsletter (1992); Victoria Preservation, Inc. (1991); Piemons-Eakle Neighborhood Association Newsletter (1990)


Heritage Education Award

This award recognizes outstanding heritage education programs and is open to individuals, organizations, curricula, programs or exhibits that promote historic preservation and local history.

2012 Kendall County Sesquicentennial Heritage Passport Tour
Kendall County, Texas

Kendall County celebrated its Sesquicentennial during 2012 with a “Heritage Passport” program, commemorating the preservation of 22 historic places and events throughout the county. These community celebrations, sponsored by the Kendall County Historic Commission (KCHC), promoted historic tourism and drew participants from throughout the region. Supporters of the commemorations included the Kendall County Commissioners’ Court, the Genealogical and Historical Society of Kendall County (GHSKC), the Boerne Area Historic Preservation Society (BAHPS), the Comfort Heritage Association (CHA), the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce, the Comfort Chamber of Commerce and many businesses and individuals. Over 1,400 “Heritage Passports” were issued to participants and subsequently stamped visa-style at each event throughout the year.


Notable Merit

Galveston Preservation Field School
Galveston, Texas

Recognizing that education at all levels is the foundation for developing preservation mindedness in the community, the Galveston Historical Foundation has partnered with the University of Texas at San Antonio College of Architecture in conducting a historic preservation-focused field school in Galveston. For five consecutive summers, the relationship has resulted in a litany of important research as well as critically practical projects.  Accomplishments have gone beyond planning and design theory to constructively impacting neighborhoods and urban settings to make them better places to live and work.

Previous winners: San Juan Economic Development Corporation (2012); The Look of Nature, Texas Parks and Wildlife (2010); Bexar Land Trust (2008); Old Sixth Ward (Houston) Neighborhood Association (2007); Sunset Heights (El Paso) Neighborhood (2006); Huff Wagon Train and Diary Project (2005); Harrison County Heritage Project (2004); Dallas Midcentury Modern Tours (2003); Bedford Historical Foundation CD Project (2002); Christmas at Old Fort Concho (1996); Heritage Education Tour, San Antonio Conservation Society (1995); Fort Sam Houston Museum Historic Neighborhood Awareness Program (1994); Carson County Square House Museum (1993); City of Marshall’s 150th Birthday Committee (1992); Carson County Square House Museum (1991); Heritage Farmstead (1990); Carson County Square House Museum (1989)


Historic Restoration Award

This award acknowledges a historic resource that has been properly restored to a specific time period. Projects must fully demonstrate adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Restoration. A special emphasis is placed on completed projects where owners, architects and contractors practice exceptional care in respecting the original fabric and setting of a historic structure.

Stevens Park Pavilion
Dallas (Dallas County)

Stevens Park, developed in 1934, is one of the earliest of Dallas’ WPA-era developments and among the most rustic in style with native stone load-bearing walls and heavy timber roof construction. The pavilion of stone and mortar construction, a key element of the park, had fallen into disrepair largely due to subsidence and erosion of soils among Coombs Creek.  As part of the restoration project, the pavilion was methodically deconstructed with its stones stored in carefully catalogued inventory and rebuilt on a new drilled pier foundation further from the edge of Coombs Creek.  In all, 4,867 native pavilion stones were stored and reassembled.   This project is recognized for meticulous attention to detail in both the restoration of the site structures and the preservation of the historic context.

Comal County Courthouse
New Braunfels (Comal County)

The Comal Country Courthouse is one of James Riely Gordon’s 12 remaining Texas courthouses.  Designed in his renowned Romanesque Revival style, it was completed in 1898.  In restoring the structure to this original configuration, Comal County officials repeatedly showed their commitment to an accurate restoration over less developed, inexpensive solutions.  The County’s good stewardship over the course of the project was reflected in their community support and how the community was kept informed of the work.  The County also was proactive in working with the contractor who faced financial difficulties during a turndown in the economy.  The project is a premiere example of the power and positive impact of restoration projects on communities and its influence on the people who support them.

Mission San Juan de Capistrano
San Antonio (Bexar County)

As part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park, and focal points for the southern extension of the San Antonio River Mission Reach, the missions and their churches are unique an irreplaceable treasures.  Mission San Juan is a State Antiquities Landmark, National Register of Historic Places property and is part of the upcoming San Antonio Missions World Heritage nomination.   The careful restoration of Mission San Juan has renewed and transformed this important landmark that once suffered from structural movement and damaged plaster.  More importantly, it is a renewal of a living building, a spiritual space with an active congregation deeply tied to its colonial roots.  Many of the parishioners can trace their lineage to the original mission in habitants.


Historic Rehabilitation Award

This award recognizes exceptional rehabilitation projects  in which a historic resource is adapted to meet the demands of modern use without compromising the site’s historic character. Projects demonstrate adherence to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation, and offer creative solutions to rehabilitating historic places.

Dedrick-Hamilton House
912 East 11th Street, Austin (Travis County)

The restoration of the Dedrick-Hamilton House was part of the new City of Austin African American Cultural & Heritage Facility and grew from Austin’s African American Quality of Life Initiative.  The restoration of the 1892 Dedrick-Hamilton house brings back to prominence the home of early African American community leaders William and Sarah Dedrick.  William’s father, Thomas, was a freed slave, and an early property owner within Robertson Hill.  The restored house now has been repurposed as the visitors’ center for the African American Cultural and Heritage District.  It is a significant contribution to the vitality of an area known as the heart of the African American community in East Austin.


Luby-Shaffer House
417 Adams Street, San Antonio (Bexar County)

Located in the King William District, the Luby-Shaffer House was built in 1907 for a prominent San Antonio family who occupied it for more than 50 years.  It had always been one of the most prominent residences on the street.  Sometime after 1968, it was converted into a multi-family residence and fell into disrepair. When the restoration project began, the house was barely visible due to overgrown vegetation.  The early 20th century Neoclassical house is now one of the finest examples of its style in the city.  The careful restoration and modernization of the house tells an important story about sustainability.  At the request of the owner, every piece of wood was saved and re-used.  Working together, a visionary owner and noted preservation architect restored the fine character of this grand lady.  The restoration also dramatically changed the end of the King William Historic District often referred to as Baja King William.


Ted Lokey Oil Company
1001 S.E. Third Ave., Amarillo (Potter County)

This project exemplifies creative and adaptive reuse of an abandoned structure in a decaying neighborhood to provide a modern office space along one of the city’s most trafficked corridors.  Best known as the Ted Lokey Oil Company, the building now has new life as the offices for Charles Lynch, Architect, and Jerry Haning Construction.  Developers saved a building that was facing demolition and set an example for revitalizing the neighborhood that others are already following.


Our Lady of the Lake University Main Building
411 S.W. 24th Street, San Antonio (Bexar County)

Constructed in 1897 and expanded over the next two decades, Our Lady of the Lake’s Main Building and adjoining campus is exemplary of Chateauesque Revival architecture and the most prominent landmark in the city’s West Side.  In 2008 the building was nearly lost to a fire that destroyed its roof and fourth floor and heavily damages its lower levels.  The university restored the heavily damaged, but irreplaceable landmark, bringing it up to 21st century academic facility standards while maintaining its historic integrity.  Today, Main Building stands as an inspiration to all in San Antonio as one of the first iconic contributors to the revitalization of a neighborhood that is primed for growth and investments.  Its completion as led to plans to renew nearby Elmendorf Lake and rethink 24th Street as it passes though the campus in front of Main Building.