In an effort to recognize the efforts of those involved in preserving our unique architectural resources, the City of Fernandina Beach Planning & Conservation Department, in collaboration with the Amelia Island Restoration Foundation, the Amelia Island Museum of History, and Fernandina Beach Main Street, hosted the Historic Preservation Awards Ceremony on Thursday, May 9, 2019.
Numerous nominations were received over a two-month period. The awards received were the following:
Craftmanship: Recognizes traditional method of construction, included but not limited to wood working, wrought-iron work, framing, or plastering, and recognition of the craftperson that completed the work.
Winner: Rob Psulkowski, Built to Last Construction
Phelan-Verot House (116 N. 14th Street) and Lassere House (130 S. 7th Street)
Paint by David Witt Painting
New Construction: Awarded for sensitive design and careful construction of a new structure in either the Old Town or Downtown Historic Districts.
Winner: Gholson Residence (1102 Ladies Street)
Jag & Chris Gholson, Owners
Old Town Properties, Developer
Eric Moser, Architect
Beacon of Hope: Recognizes projects that embody the spirit of preservation through the ongoing care and maintenance of its historic structures.
Winner: Trinity United Methodist Church (715 Ash Street)
Storefront Façade Renovation: Projects that demonstrate sensitive treatment of historic storefronts.
Winner: Miranda Architects
Chandlery Building (201 Centre Street)
Preservation Innovation: Awarded to projects that demonstrate sensitive and creative solutions incorporating issues of sustainability, adaptive reuse and integration of accessibility improvements.
Winner: Summer House Realty (316 Ash Street)
Contractor: Daughtery and Company
Architect: John Dodd
Preservation Champion: Celebrating an individual dedicated to preserving Fernandina Beach’s heritage.
Winner: Arthur I. “Buddy” Jacobs
Keystone Award: Presented to the project that best represents Historic Preservation.
Winner: Amelia Schoolhouse Inn (914 Atlantic Avenue)
Architect: Miranda Architects
Contractor: Tim Young Construction, Inc.
An all-star cast served as judges for the awards: Adrienne Burke, AICP, Esq. Director, Nassau County Department of Planning and Economic Opportunity; C. Gregory Dale, FAICP, Principal, McBridge Dale Clarion; Katherine Beck, Florida Main Street Coordinator; Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation Officer, City of St. Augustine; Don Klima, President, Klima Consulting Group.
The steering committee who helped behind the scenes with gathering nominations, planning the awards event, designing the plaques and more, was comprised of the following volunteers: Salvatore Cumella, Historic Preservation Planner, City of Fernandina Beach; Jose Miranda, Board Member, Amelia Island Restoration Foundation; Theresa Poynter, Downtown Business Owner, Café Karibo and Timoti’s Seafood Shak; Mike Spino, Chairman, City of Fernandina Beach Historic District Council; and Josh Whitfield, Curator, Amelia Island Museum of History.
The ceremony was sponsored by Amelia Island Coffee, Amelia’s Treasures, Café Karibo, the Fairbanks House, the Florida House Inn, Miranda Architects, and Timoti’s.