The presentation of the awards coincides
with National Preservation Week, May 14-20, 2000.
The theme of this year’s Preservation Week, "Taking
America’s Past into the Future," calls on us
to recognize the importance of preserving landmarks from
our past as touchstones of stability in times of change.
As tangible reminders of the generations who came before
us, historic places help create the sense of continuity
and community that comes from acknowledging the shared history
that has shaped us as a nation and a people. But this year’s
theme – like historic preservation itself –
is not just about celebrating the past. The theme also challenges
us to think ahead, to begin planning now for the opportunities
and issues that will confront us in the coming years. It
is essential that we be vigilant, flexible and well informed
in order to deal with the rapid changes in everything from
demographics to technology that are sure to have an impact
on our irreplaceable historic places. America’s past
deserves a bright, secure future – and the future
begins right now.
Richard Moe, President, National
Trust for Historic Preservation
The Geneva Historic Preservation Commission reviews many
projects each year within the Geneva Historic District. The
Commission presents awards to projects within the City’s
historic district 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 Thomas Coughlin presented the Preservation Awards to
the recipients at the Geneva City Council meeting on Monday,
May 15, 2000.
Award for Commercial Rehabilitation
Award for Residential Rehabilitation