Historic Preservation and Restoration Awards
The Wisconsin Historical Society invites nominations of exemplary projects that have restored or preserved a part of the Wisconsin's historical, architectural, archaeological or cultural heritage. Two awards will be given each year, one for historic restoration and one for historic preservation.
- Property must be in Wisconsin
- Nominated work must have been done in the last two years and must be completed
- Property must be listed on or be determined eligible for the State Register of Historic Places or be listed in a certified municipal register of historic properties
Eligibility for Historic Restoration Award
This award will recognize the best restoration work of a Wisconsin historic property. Eligible projects should involve comprehensive work to restore a historic building, structure, object or site. Examples of eligible projects include the restoration of a historic house, commercial building, bridge, statue, a designed landscape, or a burial mound. Routine maintenance, such as painting or reroofing, is not considered restoration work for the purposes of this award.
Historic Restoration Award Criteria
- The quality of rehabilitation, reconstruction of missing features, or conversion to new use
- Inclusion of strong elements of restoration of the form, features and character of a property
- If project includes the reconstruction of missing features, the work must be done accurately and sources documenting the property's historic appearance should be provided if available
- Work must substantially comply with the Secretary of the Interior's standards or, in the case of objects and archaeological sites, comply with other accepted professional conservation standards
Eligibility for Historic Preservation Award
This award will recognize the best work in protecting a threatened historic property in Wisconsin. The historic property may be a building, structure, object, site or district. Commendable community and individual efforts such as advocacy, fund raising, creation of a protective ordinance, physical stabilization, and repair will be recognized.
Historic Preservation Award Criteria
- The degree to which projects have overcome a significant, tangible threat to the historic resource (the type and degree of the threat to the property should be identified)
- The degree to which the project has successfully protected a historic resource from harm
- The degree to which efforts have been made to ensure the future protection of the property through fund raising, covenants, reuse, and rehabilitation plans or other measures
April 1 of each year (postmarked or delivered)
How to apply
Nominations must be submitted on the nomination form (PDF, 19KB). Please attach the following.
- Description of the project in 500 words or less. Describe any special restoration or preservation techniques, research, or difficult problems that were overcome. If the property was threatened, identify the type and degree of the threat to the property. Note any special efforts or plans to ensure the future protection of the property.
- Four to 10 color slides or digital images showing the historic property before and after the project was completed. Digital images must be at least 300dpi and 480 by 600 pixels. No materials will be returned, and the Society reserves the right to use the images in publications, Web sites and databases.
- Copies of historic photographs of the property if available. Please cite the source of the photographs.
- If the property is not listed on the State or National Register, documentation showing the property is eligible for listing on the registers, or that the property is listed on a certified municipal register.
- Other documentation, such as magazine or newspaper clippings, photographs or brochures that support or explain the achievements of the nominee.
Send applications to:
Historic Preservation Awards Committee
Division of Historic Preservation-Public History
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State Street
Madison, WI 53706
For more information: Contact Joe DeRose or write to the address above.
Awards are initially reviewed by a committee of judges appointed by the Society and then approved by the Awards Committee of the Board of Curators. The date and presentation of the award will be made at a time and location convenient for the recipient. Employees and members of the Board of Curators of the Wisconsin Historical Society are not eligible to receive awards.
Recent Award Winners
Read about the recent Historic Preservation and Restoration award winners.