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.
In its efforts to be a vocal advocate for historic preservation and provide a range of resources for people who want to preserve buildings, Historic Columbia celebrates excellence in preservation by issuing awards each year under the following categories:
Preservation, Rehabilitation, or Restoration (commercial, institutional, rental, or municipal)
- This award celebrates commercial, institutional, rental, or municipal projects that follow the National Park Service's definitions of preservation, rehabilitation, or restoration.
Preservation, Rehabilitation, or Restoration (residential/single family)
Historic Columbia’s Preservation, Rehabilitation or Restoration (Residential) award recognizes projects that follow the same, previously listed definitions, but applied to single-family homes.
Nominations in this category recognize an individual, corporation, governmental agency, community, or neighborhood association that has significantly contributed to the advancement of historic preservation in the community.
Required Materials Checklist
Historic Columbia has prepared a list of materials needed for each award type. Please ensure this check list is completed submitting your nomination. Download required materials checklist now.
Best Practices in Nominations
To prepare the most effective nomination form, please review Historic Columbia's best practices in nominations prior to completing and submitting your application. Review quick tips now.
If you have reviewed the required materials check list and best practices resources, please complete the nomination form by March 6, 2023.
Each nomination will be reviewed by the Preservation Awards Committee made up of nine local leaders in architecture, interior design, and urban planning.
Nomination and Selection Process
Early February 2023
Historic Columbia calls for nominations. Submissions should follow the best practices outlined by Historic Columbia. Nominations are limited to projects in Columbia and Richland County completed within the past five years. Leadership awards have no time limit.
March 6, 2023
Nominations must be received by Historic Columbia’s Director of Preservation John Sherrer by March 6, 2023.
Historic Columbia assembles in early March its preservation awards committee of nine local leaders in architecture, interior design, and urban planning reviews nominations. Meet the committee!
Submissions are weighed for the nominated party’s level of excellence in preservation and for the ability of the nomination to supply needed information. Applicants should review best practices before submission.
Applicants will be notified in early April by Historic Columbia’s Executive Director of the committee’s decisions.
May 11, 2023
Preservation Awards Ceremony
Winners, nominees, and all preservation advocates and community members are invited. Learn more.
Be a vocal preservationist by engaging in Historic Columbia’s annual events and programs that acknowledge excellence maintaining important tangible links to our built culture.
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