2015 Historic District Preservation Award Winners

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June 1, 2015 - ​The City of Ann Arbor Historic District Commission (HDC) will present its 31st annual Preservation Awards Monday, June 1 at the Ann Arbor City Council Meeting.

Every year, the HDC gives awards to citizens or institutions who have done an outstanding job maintaining or renovating historic structures, or who have supported historic preservation over the years. Through its awards for Preservation, Rehabilitation, Special Merit, Preservation Project of the Year Preservationist of the Year and Centennial Awards, the HDC reminds the community of  the value of its built environment which we encounter daily in our lives. A beautiful church, a restored school, a renovated house that perks up a street or a downtown with restored storefronts — all contribute to the quality of life which we so value in Ann Arbor. There are 17 awards this year:  nine for Preservation, three for Rehabilitation, one Adaptive Reuse, two Special Merit Awards and one Preservationist of the Year. Award-winning properties range in age from pre-Civil War to midcentury modern and from commercial to residential to religious buildings.

The awards were determined by a committee appointed by the HDC. Committee members included Susan Wineberg (chair), Ellen Ramsburgh, Patricia Austin, Grace Shackman, Francis Wright, Tom Stulberg, and  Louisa Pieper. Jill Thacher, the city's historic preservation coordinator, staffs the committee. To views details about each home visit

Preservation Awards are given to owners who have maintained the historic character of their property for at least 10 years. Congratulations to:

John and Patty Zeichman, 332 Eighth St.

Lee and Susan Kaufman, 630 Fifth St.    

Stephen Muller and Christina Tsien, 1150 Mixtwood. 

Walter and Geraldine Mayer, 1000 Berkshire. 

Hoover LLC, 2015 Washtenaw. 

Marcia Feingold, 352 Hilldale. 

Clayton and Ann Wilhite, 2101 Hill St. 

Robert Samborski, 3865 Glazier Way. 

Anne Chase, 2855 Devonshire. 

REHABILITATION AWARDS are given to projects that have substantially returned a property to its historic condition. Congratulations to:

Steve Gutterman, 713 and 715 Miller. 

Daniel and Marianne Clauw, 514 Lawrence. 

Victor and Sheryle Lacca, 402 Second.  

ADAPTIVE REUSE AWARDS are given to projects that change the historic use of a building to a new use that is sympathetic and complementary to the building. Congratulations to:

Kathy Sample and Bill Brinkerhoff - Argus Farm Stop. 325 W. Liberty.  

SPECIAL MERIT AWARDS are given to unusual single changes to the historic character of a building or other projects relating to local history. Congratulations to:

First Baptist Church, 420 E. Huron – Slate roof replacement.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church-420 W. Liberty – Slate roof replacement.

Dr. H. Mark Hildebrandt, 1930 Cambridge – for the book History of St. Andrew's Church Part II.

PRESERVATIONIST OF THE YEAR, Congratulations to this year's award winner, Judith (Judy) Chrisman, collections chair, recording secretary and past president of the Washtenaw County Historical Society.

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Contact Information

Jill Thacher
Historic Preservation Coordinator
734.794.6200 ext. 42608

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