The Preservation Celebration

Historic Seattle’s Preservation Celebration benefits our mission to save meaningful places that foster lively communities. At the event, honorees are also recognized with awards for their achievements in historic preservation.

Call for Nominations!

This year, Historic Seattle will present awards at our Preservation Celebration Benefit to honorees selected from nominations received in the following categories: Best Preservation Project, Preservation Champion, Community Investment, Preserving Neighborhood Character, Community Advocacy, and Outstanding Stewardship.

The deadline for nominations is May 14.

Later this spring, we’ll announce this year’s Benefit date and whether it will be held in person or virtually.

Rules By Category:   

Best Preservation Project   

To be eligible in this highly competitive category, the project must be a rehabilitation, restoration, or adaptive reuse of a historic property older than 25 years in the Puget Sound region. The project must have been completed between January 1, 2020 and May 2021. It must adhere to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.

Preservation Champion     

Only individuals are eligible for this award (not companies, groups, or other organizations). To be eligible, the nominated person must have contributed significantly to the field of historic preservation locally and reside in the Puget Sound region.

Community Investment    

This award recognizes the commitment of individuals, companies, groups, and/or other organizations to the preservation/revitalization of their communities.

Preserving Neighborhood Character 

This category recognizes a single preservation project, generally smaller-scale, that contributes to the character of its neighborhood. The project must have been completed between January 1, 2020 and May 2021.

Community Advocacy

This award is reserved for grassroots groups, community organizations, or non-profits that work on preservation advocacy issues within their area of service or interest. To be eligible, the nominated entity must have done significant work in the field of historic preservation locally between January 1, 2020 and May 2021.

This award includes a prize of $3,000 for the selected recipient. For this nomination to be considered complete, the applicant must submit a short summary (3 to 5 paragraphs) detailing the entity’s intended use of the funds. To be eligible for the prize, the entity must be either an incorporated non-profit organization or unincorporated citizen/advocacy group. Prize money is considered income. Historic Seattle will need to receive a completed W-9 from the winning entity and will provide the winning entity with a 1099-Misc.

Outstanding Stewardship

This category recognizes owners of historic properties who have demonstrated a long-term commitment to their preservation. Owners can be individuals, businesses, or organizations.

How to Apply/More Details:

In May, Historic Seattle’s Benefit Committee – comprised of members of the organization’s Council and Foundation Board – will meet to review nominations and select award recipients. Please submit your nomination to Naomi West at naomiw@historicseattle.org by no later than May 14, 2021 for consideration.        

Applications must contain:

Name of Project/Person/Group
Nomination Category
Property Owner (for relevant categories)
Address (for relevant categories)
Team working on project (if available/relevant)
Short Description of project/person/group (3 to 5 paragraphs)
Why does this project/person/group deserve to be honored by Historic Seattle?
Photos (up to 4, including historical images and before/after state of project if relevant)
Nominator’s contact information

Applications must be complete for consideration. Multiple and self-nominations are allowed. If nominating for another party, please consult with the relevant property owner/person/entity/project team prior to submitting your nomination. If selected for an award, a representative must attend the benefit event (date to be announced) in order to accept it.

Top photo: the 2019 Preservation Celebration at the Georgetown Ballroom, courtesy of Sticks & Stones Photography.

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