Cape Gazette

Historical society opens nominations for Preservation Awards in Lewes

Submissions must be received by Feb. 14
Dec 20, 2013
Source: Submitted A 2012 Preservation Award winner, Nancy Levenson's property at 115 Savannah Road was nearly demolished before the house was restored and renovated. It is now a multi-use property comprising Shorebreak, a casual men's outfitter downstairs, and residential units upstairs. This property is an anchor on Savannah Road and helps define an important section of town.

The Lewes Historical Society seeks to honor those who have played roles in restoring and preserving Lewes’s historic character and fabric with the society's Preservation Awards. Those who have acted as stewards of properties in town, those who have written down or preserved memories or those who have contributed significantly to the preservation movement in town are eligible to be nominated.

“Done correctly, historic preservation isn’t necessarily about the preservation of one building, but rather a community and its context, and it should lead to thriving local business and a sustainable way of life,” said LHS Executive Director Mike DiPaolo. “Lewes is often held up nationally as an example of what a community can do when it both cares about its past and puts it mind to the task. The society is privileged to honor those who have acted so faithfully as stewards of the town’s heritage.”

Properties and nominees may be located within Lewes or its surrounding countryside. Projects should be complete prior to nomination. Properties or works completed since 2011 will be considered for these awards. Nominations will be judged according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, as applicable. Submissions must be received by Friday, Feb. 14.

Nominees are invited in the following Preservation Award categories: Restoration/Rehabilitation - awarded for superlative work in the restoration, rehabilitation, or reuse of an historic property; New Construction - awarded for the sensitive design and careful construction of a new structure, whether an infill project or an addition to an existing building; Community - awarded to an individual or organization for extraordinary service to Lewes, Delaware or surrounding area in the field of historic preservation and activities - this may include publications; Stewardship - awarded for exemplary maintenance of an historic property or workmanship on an historic property by a contractor.

Nomination forms can be downloaded at or call 302-645-7670. Completed nominations will be reviewed by the Preservation Awards Committee and voted on by The Lewes Historical Society’s Board of Trustees. Award winners will be celebrated at an awards luncheon Friday, April 11.


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