National Awards


The front facade of a brick mess hall with a square tower on the left side and a two-story porch across the center of the elevation.

Building 19 at the Leavenworth Veterans Affairs campus


Historic geodesic dome on a sunny day.

ASM International Headquarters


Front entrance to the adaptively reused railway repair depot showing a new storefront in a historic arched opening and historic doors retained in place in the next opening.

SIERR Building at McKinstry Station

2012 National Preservation Awards

Several Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit projects earned honors at the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Award ceremony at the National Trust for Historic Preservation conference held in Spokane, Washington in early November.

The National Trust⁄HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation was awarded to Saint Luke‘s Manor in Cleveland, Ohio. Abandoned in 1999, the 390,000 square foot hospital was rehabilitated by Pennrose Properties, LLC into 137 units for low–income housing for seniors, along with office space for local non–profits. The project, which anchors a 20–acre neighborhood revitalization effort, entailed restoring the historic lobby into a community room, uncovering and restoring the marble floors in the corridors, and rebuilding the vandalized clock tower. The project is pursuing LEED certification.

Other historic tax credit projects earning honors are:

Charles H. Shaw Technology and Learning Center in Chicago, which rehabilitated an abandoned power plant into a charter high school. This project is LEED Platinum certified.

The Historic Park Inn Hotel, Mason City, Iowa, which is the last remaining Frank Lloyd Wright-designed hotel.

Leavenworth Building 19, Leavenworth Kansas, was a mess hall built in 1886 and now serves as an office and medical records center for the Department of Veteran’s Affairs.

Accident Fund National Headquarters⁄Ottawa Street Power Station, Lansing, Michigan, rehabilitated a former power plant into corporate headquarters for Accident Fund Holdings.

Todd Balendar Center for Dance and Creativity, Kansas City, Missouri, is the new home for the Kansas City Ballet. The building previously served as a power house and coal burning plant.

ASM International Headquarters, Materials Park, Ohio. Built in 1959, this office building under a geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller retains much of its historic materials, including original lighting, murals, and Steelcase furniture.

30th Street Main Post Office, Philadelphia, is a LEED Gold accredited project that saw the 926,000 square foot post office converted into office space at a cost of $252 million.

Market Square Place, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, involved bringing together 7 neglected buildings into a mixed-use complex that includes housing, retail and a YMCA while restoring their 1930s-era facades.

SIERR Building at McKinstry Station, Spokane, Washington. This local landmark was constructed in 1907 as a repair depot for the electric railway system, and now functions as an office and retail space.

For more information about the 2012 Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards, including a complete list of honored individuals, organizations, and projects, please visit the National Trust for Historic Preservation's website.


2012 AIA Committee on the Environment Award

On April 19, 2012, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced the selection of their top ten examples of sustainable and green design solutions. Among the top ten is the rehabilitation and expansion of the historic Packer–Scott Building. The historic property, located in Portland, OR, has been adaptively re-used as the new headquarters for the Mercy Corps organization. Learn more about the Top Ten and the Mercy Corps project from the AIA website.