City of Fresno Announces Historic Preservation Awards

Mayor Ashley Swearengin today announced the winners of the City’s 2016 Historic Preservation awards which honor individuals and community groups who have demonstrated excellence in the restoration of a historic building or leadership in preservation planning and neighborhood revitalization.

The winners will be recognized at a ceremony at the Fresno City Council meeting on Thursday, December 15 at 1:30 p.m.  Nominations for the awards were solicited from the public and staff and reviewed by a panel prior to submission to the Mayor for approval.

The winners are:

  • Outstanding Rehabilitation of a Residential Property: Steve Walter for the restoration of the circa 1902 American Foursquare style home located at 934 E. Mildreda; and AFREI LLC for the restoration of the circa 1902 Neoclassical cottage located at 1320 P Street.
  • Adaptive Reuse of a Historic Property: Jake Soberal, Will Dyck and Henderson Architectural Group for the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of the James Phelan Building (1914, HP#159) at 700 Van Ness for Bitwise South Stadium.
  • Outstanding Rehabilitation of a Non-Residential Property: Reza Assemi for the restoration of the PGE (Theatre 3) Building (1926, HP#164).
  • Best In-Fill Building Project: Terance Frazier, Marvin Armstrong, Kiel Schmidt and the Fresno Housing Authority for 541 at South Tower.
  • Community Preservation Award, Individual: Three individuals recognized for their contributions to their respective neighborhoods or communities include Patricia Haun (South Van Ness Industrial District), John Walker (The Fresno Bee) and Tim Schulz (Revive Industries).
  • Community Preservation Award, Group: The City’s Historic Preservation “Swat Team” (Howard Lacy, Jesse Morrison and Kevin Watkins); and Edward Smith and the Fresno County Bicycle Coalition, for their co-sponsorship since 2005 of Bike Through History.
  • Horizon Award: Christopher Rocha for his website and advocacy for the preservation of the Hotel Fresno.
  • The Russell and Pat Fey Memorial Preservationist of the Year Award:  Robert Boro, Landscape Architect for leadership and support of numerous historic and cultural causes over the past 25 years.

For more information, please contact Karana Hattersley-Drayton, City of Fresno Historic Preservation Project Manager, (559) 621-8520 or [email protected].