New award for island’s history heroes

The city Historic Preservation Commission has a new award for islanders who have made significant contributions to historic preservation.

The commission plans to give a Blakely Award to an individual or organization each year.

For more information, read the city press release below.

The new annual Blakely Award will be given to a preservation leader and/or a project of excellence which contributes significantly to the cause of local historic preservation. Application forms can be found on the City’s website, at City Hall and at the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum. Applications must be received by the Department of Planning and Community Development by Monday, May 16. The award(s) are anticipated to be presented by the City Council at a ceremony in late May or early June.

Purpose: To promote and encourage historic preservation in our community by annually recognizing outstanding achievements by an individual and/or entity that contributes significantly to the cause of local historic preservation. Awards will be made in May of each year in conjunction with National Historic Preservation Month.

Eligible Recipients:

* Bainbridge Island residents or property owners.
* Entities (e.g. businesses, not for profits and community groups) that conduct their business on the Island.
* Current members of the Historic Preservation Commission are not eligible, but as private individuals may nominate.

Criteria and Categories:
Awards may be given in both the “Preservation Leader” and “Project of Excellence” categories. There is no requirement that awards be made in both categories each year.

Preservation Leader:
Awarded in recognition of an individual or organization who has demonstrated community leadership in promoting historic preservation. This can be evidenced by public education efforts, community leadership and promotion of historic preservation, or by managing and completing a preservation project of significance. There shall be no limit to the number of times an individual may be nominated or receive the award, and the nominee need not be living at the time of the nomination.

Project of Excellence:
Awarded in recognition of an historic preservation/restoration project of unusual significance and value to the community. Project should qualify for, or be listed on, the Bainbridge Island Registry of Historic Places. Project must be sited on Bainbridge Island and completed by time of nomination but no earlier than five years before nomination.

Contact Associate Planner Heather Beckmann with any questions (780-3711).