NORMAN — The Oklahoma Historical Society’s State Historic Preservation Office presented the Shirk Memorial Award for Historic Preservation and the 2014 Citations of Merit at the recent annual statewide preservation conference held in Norman.
The Shirk Memorial Award recognizes statewide impact on the preservation of Oklahoma’s heritage through leadership, public programming, publications, research, restoration and other contributions. This year’s recipient was Preservation Oklahoma Inc.
Nonprofit Preservation Oklahoma’s mission is to increase awareness of important historic places and serve as an advocate for their preservation. This mission is accomplished through the annual Most Endangered Historic Places program, participation in “This Place Matters,” grants, workshops, and a partnership with the State Historic Preservation Office.
The State Historic Preservation Office and Preservation Oklahoma cosponsor the annual statewide preservation conference, publish Preservation Oklahoma News, produce nominations for the National Register of Historic Places and carry out special training programs.
Preservation Oklahoma has its office in the Carriage House of the Overholser Mansion and manages the National Register-listed house museum for the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Citations of Merit
Citations of Merit are presented annually to those who have had positive impacts on the preservation of archeological and historic properties.
Metro-area recipients were:
Midtown Investments LLC for rehabilitation of the Packard-Eisele Motors Building, 201 NW 10.
Standley Systems LLC for rehabilitation of the historic Sherman Iron Works, 26 E Main St.
The University of Oklahoma and Bockus Payne Associates Architects for rehabilitation of McCasland Field House and Beatrice Carr Wallace Old Science Hall at OU.
Michael Brinkley and Lynda Donley, of Norman, for rehabilitation of their Chautauqua Historic District residence.
Brent Swift for leadership efforts to encourage rehabilitation of Norman’s historic properties.
Other recipients were:
The Coltrane Group for documenting and sharing the heritage of the Boley Historic District.