Preservation Awards Program

Download a Nomination Form (PDF) or request a form at City Hall.

The awards program nomination period is: June 7 – June 21, 2019

The Excelsior Springs Historic Preservation Awards Program, sponsored by the Excelsior Springs Historic Preservation Commission, is an exciting opportunity for the community to celebrate the outstanding preservation projects that were recently and substantially completed in the City’s historic districts. In 2019, awards will be given to the most outstanding commercial and residential projects. Eligible are private citizens, organizations, businesses or any one group who recently preserved a commercial or residential historic structure located within the Elms Historic District, Boarding House Historic District or Hall of Waters Historic District. The term “recently and substantially” will be applied liberally by the Commission and awards committee.

The Preservation Award is intended to showcase exceptional projects in preservation, restoration and stewardship of structures within the City’s historic districts. The Commission hopes that by recognizing exceptional works, it will encourage more quality restoration and preservation as well as provide an opportunity to educate the public on some of the more outstanding historic structures within the City.

Projects that may qualify for an award are projects that restore a historic structure that may be in disrepair or vacant/abandoned, restoring the structure to its former glory. Projects can be nominated by the property owner, tenant, contractor or the passer-by. Eligible projects are those that have complied with the City’s Certificate of Appropriateness (COA) process (where applicable).

The Hiawatha House was recognized with a Legacy Award in 2014. It is individually listed on the Local Landmarks Register.

The selection process will be based on the following general criteria:

• The project’s ability to serve as a model example for historic preservation
• Application of the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation
• The overall quality of the work performed on the structure

The Preservation Awards ceremony will take place on July 10, 2019 at the Excelsior Springs Historic Preservation Commission meeting at the Council Chambers, Hall of Waters.