Each year Historic Columbia celebrates Preservation Month through an awards program recognizing notable examples of preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration projects that have maintained or added to Columbia and Richland County’s historical, architectural, and cultural heritage. When merited, persons or entities whose contributions have advanced local preservation efforts are championed through the distinguished Preservation Leadership Award.
Award applications are due by March 2.
Please note that this year, Historic Columbia is recognizing new or edited award categories:
- Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Residential/Single Family)
Awards projects of single-family homes that are treated according to the National Park Service's definitions of preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration.
- Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Commercial, Institutional, Rental or Municipal)
Awards commercial, institutional, rental, or municipal projects that follow the National Park Service's definitions of preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration.
- Revitalization (Any Ownership or Use)
Award may include renovations to historic properties that are not academically correct, or new construction in a historic district that is of exceptional quality or sparks new investment. Recognizes a project or work that makes a special contribution to the community and/or a pioneering investment in historic districts in need of revitalization.
- Preservation Leadership
Nominations in this category will recognize an individual, corporation, governmental agency, community, or neighborhood association that has significantly contributed to the advancement of historic preservation in the community.
Nominations should be limited to projects completed within the last five years and located in Columbia and Richland County. Only completed projects will be considered.