The 2022 Preservation Award winners were announced last month at the Williamson County Heritage Foundation’s Fifth Annual Preservation Symposium at the Williamson County Enrichment Center.
For 46 years, as part of its nonprofit mission, the Heritage Foundation has recognized preservation projects and individuals who have made significant contributions in the field of historic preservation. The Preservation Awards recognize the rehabilitation, restoration, preservation and craftsmanship of residential and commercial structures that complement the historic character of Williamson County.
The 2022 winners include the Hard Bargain Neighborhood Association, the Town of Thompson’s Station, McLemore House, as well as a residential and commercial recipient for excellence in preservation through rehabilitation. “Each year, we are proud to recognize individuals and organizations who, through their commitment, dedication and hard work, complete projects that complement and contribute to the historic preservation of our county,” said Rachael Finch, Senior Director preservation and education.
Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation (Residential): Faup-Salazar Residence at 1371 Columbia Avenue (Nominated by 906 Architects)
In 2016, Dianne Faup-Salazar and Patrick Salazar purchased a Victorian folk gem from the late 1890s at 1371 Columbia Avenue. in back. The original porch, removed by a previous owner, has been researched and recreated using details from an existing original side porch. The original windows were kept and new windows were customized to match the originals. Additionally, the original wood siding has been restored, the lead paint has been reduced, a new roof has been added, a cut stone foundation has been designed to look seamless in the new addition and exterior colors of the house. Benjamin Moore historical collection complement the original. The owners have also restored the original door handles, sash locks, pocket door hardware, hinges and window handles. Research identified much of the material as being manufactured by Mallory Wheeler & Co. of Connecticut. The Faup-Salazars said finding artisans and sourcing new and historic ones was a challenge during the pandemic, but preserving a home in downtown Franklin was important to the family, which has multigenerational roots in the city.
Excellence in Preservation Through Rehabilitation (Commercial): LeHew Mansion / Franklin Innovation Center (nominated by 906 Architects)
The LeHew Mansion and Franklin Innovation Center project, by 906 Studio Architects, is a partnership between Williamson, Inc. and the Heritage Foundation to transform the historic 1889 Haynes-Berry House at Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens into a workspace designed for encourage entrepreneurs in the region. Designed by Nashville architect Hugh Cathcart Thompson, the Romanesque Revival and Queen Anne home still retains much of its historic integrity: original newel post, interior doors, transoms, windows, and Eastlake hardware. 906 Studio Architects’ plans prioritized preserving the historic integrity of the house while making the building functional with private offices, a conference room, a break room, an additional bathroom and two cabins. private telephones. To protect the original material and create intimacy, innovative solutions have been found; for example, the original pocket doors connecting the salons were embedded in false walls but can be easily removed in the future without damage. New interior finishes have been carefully crafted to create comfort and connection, combining late 1800s design with today’s functionality. The Franklin Innovation Center serves as a landmark where stories from the past inform future design, and future design inspires impending innovation.
Infill Excellence in a Historic Neighborhood: 502 11th Ave N., Hard Bargain Neighborhood Association
The Hard Bargain Association preserves the historic Hard Bargain neighborhood by renovating existing homes, building high-quality affordable housing, and enriching the community spirit of the neighborhood. In 2020, the Association began work on filling a vacant lot at 502 11th Ave North where one of the Polk Row houses once stood. Completed in 2022, the home is the same award-winning design featured in Southern Living magazine in 2015. Completed this month, the home is ready for occupancy.
Excellence in Preservation through Restoration: McLemore House, African American Heritage Society of Williamson County
The 1880 McLemore House, located in the historic African American neighborhood of Hard Bargain, opened in 2002. The house, owned and operated by the African American Heritage Society of Williamson County, tells the story of Harvey McLemore and of his family’s journey from slavery, Reconstruction, and their life in Franklin and the Hard Bargain neighborhood. During its renovation in 2002, the house needed repairs and restoration by 2020. With a $56,000 grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission and an additional $78,000 from community support, the Society was able to rebuild a period-appropriate porch, replace aging roof, replace modern flooring with materials salvaged from an 1880s home, repair chimneys and chimneys, and bring period furniture into the house.
Excellence in Heritage Preservation: Preservation Park Historical Panels, Town of Thompson’s Station
The town of Thompson’s Station’s preserves the area’s natural beauty with the 207-acre Preservation Park. Purchased in 2013 and placed in a conservation easement with the Land Trust for Tennessee and the Civil War Trust, it protects southern and northern development while connecting the city’s regional network of trails and greenways. The park also preserves part of the battlefield for the March 5, 1863 engagement at Thompson’s Station during the Civil War. To tell this story as well as a larger story of the city – people, places, events and cultural history – the Thompson’s Station Parks and Recreation Board has partnered with Civil War Trails, MTSU Center for Historic Preservation and the Heritage Foundation to place a series of historic markers and the trail system in Preservation Park. The seven panels provide park guests with an in-depth and grounded history of the surrounding landscape, people and culture.