The presentation of the awards coincides
with National Preservation Week, May 13-19, 2001, sponsored
by the National Trust
for Historic Preservation.
“The neighborhood school, a much-loved symbol of
American community life, is in danger.
Facing inadequate maintenance budgets, misguided education
department policies, consolidation of smaller facilities
into mega-schools and other threats, historic schools are
being abandoned and demolished at an alarming rate.
PTA members and students of Broadwater Elementary School,
Billings, Montana (Larry Mayer - NTHP)
In addition to being architectural landmarks, these schools
are anchors around which neighborhoods form and grow. Their
destruction is both wasteful and completely unnecessary,
since sensitively renovated and well-maintained older buildings
can provide first-class modern classrooms where new generations
of students can learn in safe, supportive environments.
With parents and educators clamoring for smaller, community-oriented
schools, it makes no sense to sacrifice sound historic buildings
for the sake of huge, impersonal new facilities in locations
accessible only by car, too remote to have any meaningful
connection to the community where the students live.
The theme of National Preservation Week 2001, "Restore,
Renew, Rediscover Your Historic Neighborhood Schools!",
calls on us to do all we can to keep these community icons
alive as functional components of our education system.
If your school is endangered, fight to save it. If it's
still in use or has been saved, celebrate it.
The importance of good stewardship is one of the most important
lessons a student can learn. There's no better place to
teach that lesson than a historic neighborhood school that
blends the strength of the past with the promise of the
(A message from Richard Moe, president
of the National Trust for Historic Preservation)
The Geneva Historic Preservation Commission reviews many
projects each year within the Geneva Historic District and
for the City’s Local Landmarks. The Commission presents
awards to projects that are sensitive to the historic character
of the building and site, to educate local citizens about
what types of projects meet the Secretary of the Interior’s
Standards for Rehabilitation, which the Commission uses when
reviewing projects, and to recognize those involved with the
projects, including the owner, architect/designer, and builder.
The Historic Preservation Commission reviews projects based
on the Secretary
of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.
These 10 standards provide a basis for reviewing rehabilitation
or restoration projects, commercial and residential building
additions, and new construction. The Commission presents awards
in three categories, new construction, rehabilitation/restoration,
Mayor Kevin Burns presented the Preservation Awards to the
recipients at the Geneva City Council meeting on Monday, May
Awards for Commercial Rehabilitation
Award for New Commercial Construction
Award for Residential Rehabilitation
Awards for New Residential