The Jefferson County Historical Society seeks nominations for its annual Historic Preservation Awards, to honor individuals and organizations that restore original structures or preserve traditions …
The Jefferson County Historical Society seeks nominations for its annual Historic Preservation Awards, to honor individuals and organizations that restore original structures or preserve traditions that form the county’s historic fabric.
Two types of awards are presented: The Mary P. Johnson Award is given to historic structure projects that meet the Secretary of the Interior’s high standards for restoration; certificates of appreciation are given for a variety of preservation and restoration projects and are not limited to physical structures.
Any project may be worthy of an award and anyone may nominate a project for consideration. All nominations are reviewed by the JCHS Historic Preservation Awards Committee. In the past, awards have gone to major projects such as restoring Port Townsend’s City Hall and the Jefferson County Courthouse clock tower; however, restoration of more modest buildings is equally important, according to JCHS.
Non-structure awards have been presented to authors of local histories, museum exhibits, cemetery stewards, oral history projects and individuals who have contributed to the preservation of Jefferson County history.
In 2016, awards were presented to Todd and Kathleen Knoblock, for restoration of the 1879 John E. Fuge House; Michael and Cora Loriz, for restoration of the 1888 St. Mary Star of the Sea church rectory; and David and Elizabeth Holland, for restoration of the 1900 Dr. Jacob C. House House. All of those structures are in Port Townsend. Finnriver Orchard & Cider Garden in Chimacum received an award for the restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use of the Bishop-Brown Farm.
Nomination forms are available online at jchsmuseum.org or at the JCHS headquarters in historic City Hall, 540 Water St., Port Townsend. The nomination deadline is Feb. 28.