Historic Preservation Awards

Preservation Virginia’s Historic Preservation Awards have been given since 1971 and honor Virginians who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to preservation. Nominations can be submitted by community members from throughout the Commonwealth.

Awards have been given to residential and commercial property owners/developers, architectural firms, local governments, civic organizations, preservation project team members and individuals for efforts that have preserved and protected the architectural, archaeological and cultural heritage of Virginia.

Nominations for the rehabilitation of specific structures or landscapes should be more than 50 years old and be located in Virginia. Other nominations should focus on the research, advocacy, and preservation of cultural resources significant to the history of Virginia’s rich and diverse history.


Award Categories


Young Preservationist of the Year

Presented to a person or group, comprised of members twenty-five years of age or younger, who have made a notable contribution to preservation in Virginia. This award not only recognizes excellence but also the profound need to attract young people into Virginia’s preservation movement if it is to continue thriving.

Outstanding Preservation Project: The Gabriella Page Preservation Award

Recognizes a property owner, architect, design firm, contractor or developer for a residential,  commercial or public-sector project that best exemplifies the use of preservation standards and brings an outstanding building into appropriate and relevant contemporary use.

Outstanding Community Preservation: The Katherine Glaize Rockwood Community Preservation Award

Recognizes an individual or activity that has made a significant contribution to the preservation of historic resources in Virginia. Examples might include an effort to save a significant structure, advocacy on a critical issue, or the formation of a local group.

Outstanding Historic Preservation Research Effort: The George W.G. Stoner and Melville Jennings Research and Education Award

Recognizes any individual or entity that has made a significant contribution to the cause of historic preservation or archaeology in Virginia through research, interpretation or education.

Outstanding Preservation Achievement Award: The Louis J. Malon Award

Recognizes an individual who inspires others by their commitment, leadership and vision for helping instill a historic preservation ethic in others.