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Event to highlight City's commitment to attracting homeownership and preservation of historic structures.

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Every year, the City of West Palm Beach joins communities across the nation to celebrate and increase awareness of historic preservation.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (April 17, 2018) —  May is National Historic Preservation Month. This initiative was instituted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving historic places and revitalizing our cities. The event is intended to celebrate our nation’s diverse and unique heritage. Every year, the City of West Palm Beach joins communities across the nation to celebrate and increase awareness of historic preservation.

“When it comes to historic preservation, West Palm Beach is a model for other communities,” said City of West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “Each of the City’s historic districts has their own distinct character, and our Historic Preservation team helps homeowners maintain this heritage for future generations through design review and guidance. I am very proud of the work that they are doing.”

West Palm Beach is fortunate to have 17 beautiful historical districts, 11 of which have earned recognition on the National Register of Historic Places. The area also includes 46 individually-designated sites that were initiated by property owners.
In celebration of Historic Preservation Month, the City is pleased to announce the opening of the Historic Preservation Awards. Do you know of an individual who has made a significant contribution to local historic preservation? Applications are due by Tuesday, May 1, 2018! 

“Every year the City holds the Historic Preservation Awards as a way to recognize exceptional preservation efforts in these historical districts,” said Friederike Mittner, City Historic Preservation Planner and CLG coordinator for the City of West Palm Beach, who also serves as Florida Trust for Historic Preservation Board of Trustees President, advocating to preserve and protect Florida’s extraordinary history and heritage. “We encourage people to acknowledge their neighbor’s home improvements in order to preserve their historic properties.” To nominate someone, individuals may complete a nomination form by visiting: http://wpb.org/Departments/Development-Services/Historic-Preservation/Home.  

On May 22, at 5pm, at the City Commissions Chambers, 401 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, FL, the Historic Preservation will host an awards ceremony to highlight the importance of historic preservation in West Palm Beach and bring increased awareness to locals of the rich, diverse culture and history that formed our city. At that time, they will also announce the winners of the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards in the following four categories:
  • 1. Rehabilitation—Acknowledges the proper rehabilitation of a structure according to the Secretary of Interior’s Standards. Project may include additions, interior renovations, or exterior improvements that respect the historic integrity of the structure. 
    2. Infill Design—Acknowledges appropriate infill within Historic Districts that essentially “fills in the gap” of an historic streetscape. Infill should be compatible in massing, size, scale, and architectural features with the district.
    3. Craftsmanship/“Handyman”—Recognizes a traditional technique or method of construction that is considered artistic and rare in today’s practices. This may include intricate wood working, hand turned wrought-iron work, hand-carving of architectural elements. The category is also suited to recognize the “handyman” who has appropriately repaired distinguishing features of a structure (i.e. wood windows, doors, etc.).
    4. Service—Recognizes an organization or individual who has clearly made an impact on the community through advocacy or service in historic preservation.

City residents are welcome to attend this event. For more information about the City’s Historic Preservation Division or to submit completed nominations, please visit: http://wpb.org/Departments/Development-Services/Historic-Preservation/Hom