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Historic Preservation Awards

The City of Reno’s Historical Resources Commission is seeking nominations for its annual awards program for outstanding achievements in Historic Preservation. The nomination deadline is Wednesday, April 5, 2017.
Awards are given in six categories. Two categories — Distinguished Service and Advocate — are given to an individual or group. Three categories recognize outstanding work related to the preservation of Residential or Non-Residential properties and Historic Landmarks. The final category honors an outstanding Historical Project, such as a publication, research project, media production, or other initiative.
The Historical Resources Commission first introduced its Historic Preservation Awards in 1997. Previous recipients include The Lake Mansion, Brasserie St. James, the Reno Historical App, the Masonic Lodge/Reno Mercantile Building, the Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS), and the Depot.
This year’s recipients will be announced and recognized by the City of Reno in May as part of National Preservation Month.
The nomination form, detailed descriptions of the six categories, and a complete list of past recipients are available. For more information, email Jeff Borchardt at

What are Historic Resources?

Historic Resources are like living objects require a thoughtful care and maintenance to enjoy long useful life. Each resource is a reflection of specific time in history. A collection of these specific resources can begin to define a period’s social, stylistic, cultural, and economic heritage. The historic buildings, sites, districts, and objects of a place, weave together to form a fabric that connects different generations. Through thoughtful preservation of these important resources, the past can be preserved as a vital and functioning part of present day life. (City of Reno Historic Structures Handbook) 

Why Preserve "Old Buildings"?

Our city's historic structures--homes, businesses, commercial buildings, and schools-- provide a direct link to the past through their associations with the important people, events, and architectural movements of the past. These "old buildings" reflect the character and values of the people who shaped our city and made it into the unique place that it is today. Historic structures add to the value and character of their surroundings. They are non-renewable resources----once they have been altered from their original state, including the surrounding visual landscape, they lose their historical value. In order to maintain the value of historic buildings and to preserve them for future generations, it is necessary to take deliberate measures to ensure their continued survival.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Historic Register (PDF)

Preservation Ordinances

Historic Preservation Ordinance

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