Recognizing Excellence in Historic Preservation

2024 East Tennessee Preservation Awards

Nationally, May is recognized as Preservation Month and is a great opportunity to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states. Our 2024 East Tennessee Preservation Awards will highlight some of our region’s historic place-savers who pour their time, energy, and resources into protecting places for future generations.

 
Key Dates for 2024
  • January 16, 2024 – Nominations open
  • February 16, 2024 – Nomination deadline
  • March 15, 2024 – Award recipients notified
  • May 2024 – Awards ceremony at The Emporium; date and registration details coming soon!

 

Nomination Guidelines
The 2024 East Tennessee Preservation Awards will recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, and projects contributing to historic preservation efforts within our 16-county region.
  • Eligible projects include historic (50+ years old) residential or commercial projects that were completed between March 2023 and February 2024, or an individual or organization that has recently and significantly contributed to furthering historic preservation in our region.
  • Eligible counties include Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, and Union.
  • Nominations for 2024 will be accepted through Friday, February 16, 2024.
  • Award winners will be notified by Friday, March 15, 2024.
  • All awards will be presented at the 2024 East Tennessee Preservation Awards in May 2024 at the Emporium Center in downtown Knoxville. Date and registration details coming soon!

 

Award Categories
City of Knoxville Mayor’s Award

The City of Knoxville Mayor’s Award recognizes projects that make exemplary contributions to the advancement of historic preservation in the City of Knoxville. Eligible projects that support historic preservation can include commercial or residential signature properties and large-scale developments that incorporate the preservation of a historic building. Only projects within the City of Knoxville limits are eligible. One (1) City of Knoxville Mayor’s Award will be presented each year.

Knox County Mayor’s Award

The Knox County Mayor’s Award recognizes projects that make exemplary contributions to the advancement of historic preservation in Knox County. Eligible projects that support historic preservation can include commercial or residential signature properties and large-scale developments that incorporate the preservation of a historic building. Only projects within Knox County limits are eligible. One (1) Knox County Mayor’s Award will be presented each year.

Preservation Merit Award

The Preservation Merit Award is awarded for a sympathetic rehabilitation of an architecturally significant building, structure, object or site in our 16-county region that was completed between March 2023 and March 2024. Four (4) Preservation Merit Awards will be presented each year.

Spirit of Kristopher Award

The Spirit of Kristopher Award recognizes an individual who has made significant achievements in the support of historic preservation. Any person who has demonstrated a dedication to the preservation of East Tennessee’s historic buildings, structures, landscapes or sites is eligible. One (1) Spirit of Kristopher Award will be presented each year.

Preservation Stewardship Award

The Preservation Stewardship Award recognizes those who have ensured the ongoing preservation of a historic building through long-term care and continuous ownership for a minimum of ten (10) years. Any individual, family, organization, government agency or business involved in the long-term care and stewardship of a historic building within the 16-county region are eligible. Up to two (2) Preservation Stewardship Awards will be presented each year.

Greystone Award

The Greystone Award is awarded to a company that has made significant achievements in the support of historic preservation. Any company who has demonstrated this effort thought the stewardship of a historic building, restoration of a historic building or a commitment to the historic preservation movement through education and advocacy within the 16-county region is eligible. One (1) Greystone Award will be presented each year.