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2018 Historic Preservation Award Recipients Announced

Post Date:05/18/2018 4:44 PM
As part of its National Preservation Month celebration, the City of Reno’s Historic Resources Commission (HRC) announced the winners of the 2018 Historic Preservation Awards on Friday night. 

Each year, the HRC recognizes property owners and preservationists for outstanding achievements in historic preservation. Awards are given in several categories recognizing work related the preservation of residential or non-residential properties and historic landmarks. Historical projects, such as a publication, research project, media production or other initiative, are also recognized. Two categories — Distinguished Service and Advocate — are given to an individuals or groups for their efforts related to historic preservation.

The HRC celebrated the following 2018 award recipients:

Historic Buildings/Sites/Project Award Categories

Category: Residential
Recipient: The Butler House (619 Sinclair Ave), owners Larry and Chris Klaich. Built in 1905, the Butler House served many years as a boarding house, but entered disrepair in recent years until the Klaich’s purchased the home in 2016 and began restoration efforts. 

Category: Non-residential
Recipient: Death and Taxes (26 Cheney Street), owner Sadie Bonnette. Since its change in ownership in 2013, the 1934 decorative brick duplex has emerged as a popular cocktail bar in Midtown. 

Category: Historic Landmark
Recipient: The Pioneer Center (100 S. Virginia Street). Now in its 50th year in downtown Reno, the Pioneer Center, a geodesic dome stretching 140-feet in diameter and home to the city’s largest performing arts facility, is one of the most-recognizable structures in the Biggest Little City. 

Category: Historical Project 
Recipient: Reno at a Crossroads: A Sesquicentennial Exhibit 1868-2018, the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries, Donnie Curtis, Alicia Barber and Peggy McDonald. Spanning five floors at the University of Nevada, Reno, this project highlights the city’s environmental, economic, and cultural history with visions of the future. 

Category: Historical Project:
Recipient: Murals Depicting Reno History, Joe C. Rock and Erik Burke. Reno’s well-known muralists often present history through art, including a past Reno Artown display with depictions of Frederic DeLongchamps, Dot So La Lee, Wovoka, Jeanne Weir, Jack Johnson, Sarah Winnemucca and Mark Twain. 

Individual Award Categories

Category: Distinguished Service Award
Recipient: As a founding member of the Historic Reno Preservation Society (HRPS) and architect for the restoration of the Saint Mary’s in the Mountains church in Virginia City, Mercedes de la Garza has dedicated much of her life to historic preservation. 

Category: Advocate
Recipient: A part-time instructor at UNR, Corri Jimenez stewarded the Mid-Century Motels Historic Survey Report with her students, documenting and raising awareness of the evolution of the city’s motel industry from the interwar years through its boom in the post-World War II era and its subsequent decline.  

Category: Advocate
Recipient: Since his first HRC Advocate Award in 2008, Will Durham’s neon sign preservation project has increased in scope and was featured with the “Light Circus: Art of Nevada Neon” exhibit at the Nevada Museum of Art. 

The HRC first introduced its Historic Preservation Awards in 1997. Previous recipients include the Downtown Post Office, Lake Mansion, Brasserie St. James, the Masonic Lodge/Reno Mercantile Building, and The Depot.
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