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Minneapolis Preservation Awards
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Thursday, February 28
Pillsbury A-Mill Artist Lofts

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AIA Minneapolis, Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission and Preserve Minneapolis are accepting nominations for the 2019 Minneapolis Preservation Awards. The annual awards program recognizes the city’s best work in historic preservation, restoration, adaptive re-use and many other outstanding preservation projects.

This year’s award categories include accomplishments in preservation, new construction in historic districts, advocacy, education and individual career achievement. Organizers have also added a new category for 2019: the Preservation Gem Award, which recognizes a single, masterfully-completed small project or detail.

“Minneapolis’ preservation community grows stronger every year, and we are honored to recognize the newest and most innovative projects that respect our architectural and cultural heritage,” said Katie Haun Schuring, president of the Preserve Minneapolis Board of Directors. “We are looking forward to seeing some exceptionally creative projects, as well as examples of thriving leadership and education in the preservation space.”

Award Categories

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation or Adaptive Reuse

Projects for nomination in this category are those where an existing place, property, building, residence or landscape was either returned to its original design or was transformed to incorporate both new and old elements in a way that is respectful of, but different from, the original design. Projects will be judged based on the careful attention to the quality of design, architecture, workmanship, and materials as well as the impact of the project on the surrounding neighborhood and community.

New Construction

Projects for nomination in this category include additions to an existing structure or a new building or landscape was constructed in one of the city’s existing heritage preservation districts. Projects will be judged based on how the new building or addition fits in with the existing building or historic district as well as the quality of design, architecture, workmanship, and materials as well as the impact of the project on the surrounding neighborhood and community.

Grassroots: Advocacy and Education

Recognizes individuals and organizations for a range of preservation related advocacy, education, outreach, and community engagement activities. Efforts worthy of recognition may include grassroots organizing that raises awareness and support of historic preservation or celebrates preservation in Minneapolis. Project types include, but are not limited to photography, published books or extensive research, educational programs, etc.

Steve Murray Award

The Steve Murray Award is considered the top individual honor for preservation in Minneapolis. It is awarded to an individual who has displayed leadership, courage, and dedication to heritage preservation in Minneapolis in the last year or over the course of their career or lifetime. If submissions are received for both a deserving emerging preservationist and a lifetime preservationist, multiple awards can be given.

Preservation Gem

New to this year’s awards program is the Preservation Gem award. This category is intended to recognize the smaller rehabilitation projects that highlight preservation such as window rehabilitation, stained glass restoration, historic porch remodels or other smaller preservation projects that contribute to continued building reuse. To qualify, the building must be 50 years or older from the date the work was completed. Nominations in this category are not limited to designated historic buildings or those within historic districts.


To nominate a project, person or program for the 2019 Minneapolis Preservation Awards complete a submission form here:

Projects in all categories must have been completed within the last 5 years, between Jan. 1, 2015 and Jan. 1, 2019. Multiple awards may be issued in each category at the awards committee’s discretion. Submissions are free of charge. Projects must be registered by Tuesday February 5 2019 but nominators have until February 15, 2019 to complete the nomination.



Join fellow preservation practitioners, enthusiasts, and boosters with a celebration of the 27th Annual Minneapolis Preservation Awards at the historic Pillsbury A Mill Artist Lofts. Re-imagined with an after-work, informal, happy-hour vibe, this year’s awards event will feature live music, appetizers, cash bar, a concise and lively program recognizing the 2019 winners, and plenty of time to mix and mingle with Minneapolis’ preservation movers and shakers.

The event is open to everyone, but all attendees must register online here: https://bit.ly/2D5apnR. Organizers reserve the right to turn away walk-up traffic based on venue and insurance policy limits.

Transportation & Parking

Parking is available at the 201 2nd St SE Garage in addition to limited on-street metered spaces. The Pillsbury A-Mill Lofts are served by MetroTransit bus routes 6, 10, and 17.