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.
Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, Builders Unlimited Inc. and GH2 Architects LLC for rehabilitation of Greenleaf State Park Nature Center near Braggs.
Chickasha Housing Partners LP for rehabilitation of Chickasha Hotel.
Cohen-Esrey Communities LLC for rehabilitation of Clay Hall for Enid Senior Residences.
Hobart Main Street Program for its highly successful facade improvement grant program.
International Order of the Rainbow for Girls for stewardship of the IORG Supreme Assembly Temple, McAlester.
Jonita Mullins for development and presentation of Muskogee’s Historic Neighborhood Walking Tours.
Main Street of Perry, Cherokee Strip Museum, city of Perry, and Civic Organization Cooperative Effort for co-sponsorship of “Our Sense of Place: Oklahoma’s 25th Annual Statewide Preservation Conference.”
Beverly Bryant for efforts to inform the public about Ponca City’s heritage and the importance of its preservation.
Ponca City Historic Re-Enactors Group for performances informing the public about Ponca City’s heritage.
City of Ponca City, Ponca City Historic Preservation Advisory Panel and Ponca City Main Street for the September 2013 Local History Month celebration.
Ponca City Art Association for stewardship of the historic Soldani Mansion.
Charles L. Leider, retired Oklahoma State University professor of landscape architecture, for leadership efforts to identify, document, and share Oklahoma’s historic landscapes with the public.
Northern Oklahoma College, GH2 Architects LLC, and Hemphill Services LLC for rehabilitation of buildings on Northern Oklahoma College’s Tonkawa campus.
Ed Taylor and the Tulsa Community College Documentary Filmmaking Class for completion of the “Tulsa: Finding 66” student video project.
Thomas Foster and the University of Tulsa’s Spring 2013 Cultural Resource Management Class for the Tulsa Neighborhood Research Project completed in cooperation with the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office.
Blythe and Casey Wilson for the adaptive reuse of the historic First American Bank Building in Washington, OK, as Althea’s Vault.