Preservation Excellence Awards




Thursday, May 9, 2024
6 – 9 p.m.

Peterloon Estate
8605 Hopewell Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45242


Congrats to the 2024 Preservation Award Winners


Save the Date for the next

Awards Ceremony on May 15th 2025

Join CPA in celebrating National Preservation Month by recognizing excellence in preservation across 9 categories:


Awards for Individuals or Organizations


Preservation Champion
Impact Award

Volunteer Award

Awards for Building Projects

Projects must have been completed in the last 3 years. 

Preservation Excellence in Sustainability

Preservation Excellence in Commercial Projects

Preservation Excellence in Residential Projects

Preservation Excellence in Adaptive Reuse

New Construction/Infill


Submissions are currently closed and will reopen in early 2025.


Meet the Jury

Thank You Preservation Excellence Award Sponsors




Sponsors receive complimentary tickets to the ceremony, marketing exposure and recognition.


Show the community your preservation pride by becoming a sponsor of this year’s awards.


See sponsorship levels and benefits here


Enter to win prizes including local tours, tickets, heritage merch, hotel stays, wine, bourbon and more!

2024 Raffle Contributors 

Friends of Music Hall

American Legacy Tours

Cincinnati Observatory

Mercantile Library

Findlay Market

Taft Museum of Art

Thunderdome Restaurant Group

New Riff Distilling


Renaissance Cincinnati Hotel

Memorial Hall

Brewing Heritage Trail

Cincinnati Museum Center

Ensemble Theatre

Past Winners

2024 at Peterloon Estate

See images and details about the winners here.


2024 winners:

Volunteer Award: Chris Hanlin

Education: Covington Academy of Heritage Trade

Preservation Excellence-Sustainability: Peppers Construction, Cincinnati Headquarters by Emersion Design

New Construction/Infill: Deagan Square by Orleans Development

Preservation Excellence- Commercial Projects: Aglemesis Bros, Oakley Store by RWA Architects

Preservation Excellence-Residential Projects: Wedge Haus by Revival Designs  

Preservation Excellence-Adaptive Reuse: Probasco Auditorium by MSP Designs

Impact Award: Mergard Lanes by ARXC Studios

Preservation Champion: Craig Niemi from the Cincinnati Observatory


See images and details about the winners here.


2022 winners:


Sustainability- Myers-Heckman House 1526 Elm Street 

Owner: Kristen Myers and Chris Heckman

Architect: SOL design + consulting 

Contractor: GreenBau

Key Subcontractors: Schaefer, Inc. Structural Engineer


Adaptive Reuse- 1835 Baymiller 

Owner: Abdiel Acevedo

Architect: studi:yo-b

Contractor: Bry Remodeling 


Residential Rehabilitation- Robert Skipper Jr and Karen M. Hillis Skipper The Henn House 

Owner: Robert Skipper Jr and Karen M. Hillis Skipper

Architect: Drawing Department and Natalie O Design

Contractor: Kent Dugan of KMD Construction


Commercial Rehabilitation- 1833 Sycamore Street- The FlatIron Building


Primary Contact: Neyer Holdings Corp and The Port

Owner: Neyer Holdings Corp

Architect: New Republic 


Institutional Rehabilitation- Walnut Hills Library 2533 Kemper Ln


Primary Contact: Ashley Barnhill- Walnut Hills Library

Owner: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County 

Architect: Fishbeck 

Contractor: Megan Construction 


Restoration- Taft Museum of Art 

Owner: Taft Museum of Art

Architect: GBBN

Contractor: Huseman Group

Key Partners: National Endowment for the Arts, Save America’s Treasures


Education- Jewish Cincinnati Bicentennial 

Primary Contact: Marie Krulewitch Browne

Preservation Leadership- American Sign Museum

Owner: American Sign Museum- Tod Swormstedt and Cindy Kerns

See images and details about the winners here.

2021 winners:




Urbanist Media Podcast/Invest in Neighborhods

Deqah Hussein-Wetzel




Music Hall Finials

City of City, Leased to MHRC 

Friends of Music Hall

Ken Jones

Structural Systems Repair Group

Upland Place Residence

Laura Kitchen

Ken Jones

Scott Douglas, Douglas Contracting




The Standard Covington

Paul Weckman and Emily Wolff


Peters Cartridge Factory Apartments & Cartridge Brewing




Century Design Workshop

Michael Miritello Woodworking & SKT Ceramics




John Paul McEwan

John Paul McEwan

Habitat for Humanity/Cincyhouse Historic and Custom Remodeling




Courtyard Cincinnati Downtown

Courtyard by Marriott


HGC Group

Structural Systems Repair Group


The Manse Apartments

The Model Group

Episcopal Retirement Services

City Studios Architects




Sol design + consulting Offices & Apartments

Sol Pendleton Arts LLC

Sanyog Rathod, AIA

The Model Group

See images and details about the winners here.


2020 Winners:


Adaptive Reuse Award: Kenton County Government Center


Rehabilitation Award: 

Price Hill Masonic Lodge

Kent Lofts

Dr. Charles Metz House

Sixth Street Exchange

Bradford Building

Jackson Lofts 

Kinley Hotel


Craftsmanship Award: Suss Lofts Mural Restoration


Education Award: Cincinnati Revealed


Special Merit Award: The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority

See images and details here.
2019 winners:

  • Rehabilitation Award: 1925 Vine, OTR
  • Fechheimer House, East Walnut Hills
  • Rehabilitation Award: Offices in Walnut Hills
  • Rehabilitation Award: Latta House, Ludlow
  • Adaptive Reuse Award: The Public Comfort Station, Walnut Hills
  • Restoration Award: Woodward Theater Marquee, OTR
  • Community Leadership in Preservation Award: Alexis Liu for leadership in advocacy for the Bella Vista Historic District in Bond Hill
  • Cultural Heritage Award: Brewery District Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (BDCURC), for Brewing Heritage Trail
  • Cincinnati Preservation Journalism Award: Nick Swartsell of CityBeat, for “An Incomplete Utopia: Looking at the Legacy of Greenhills,”
  • Outstanding Accomplishment in Preservation Award: Cincinnati Union Terminal restoration.

See images here and learn more here.
2018 winners:

  • Cincinnati Music Hall
  • Cincinnati Sign Garden
  • City Club Apartments
  • City of Cincinnati
  • 1819 Innovation Hub
  • Film Center Lofts at Findlay Market
  • Finding Kenyon Barr
  • 501 East Sixth Street
  • Flatiron Building Stabilization
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel

Learn more about the winners here.


Education Award
King Studios Traveling Suitcases Program


Rehabilitation Awards:


Baldwin Building, 655 Eden Park Drive, Walnut Hills

CASTO/Neyer Properties, developers


Lincoln Grant Scholar House, 8th and Greenup streets, Covington

KY African American Heritage Site


Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine Historic District


Rabbit Hash General Store, 10021 Lower River Road, Burlington, KY

Rabbit Hash Historic District


“Wildwood,” Groesbeck Lodge at Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Rd, Milford


Strietmann Center, 235 West Twelfth Street

Over-the-Rhine Historic District

Grandin Properties, developer


Artichoke OTR, 1824 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine Historic District

Artichoke Properties, LLC, developer

See images and learn more here.

2016 winners:




Abigail Apartments at 512 E 12th St

512 E 12th St, 45202, Pendleton

Over-the-Rhine Historic District

512 E 12 LLC


Belvedere Condominium Lobby Restoration 

3900 Rose Hill Ave, 45229

North Avondale

Belvedere Condominium Owner’s Association


Louis Hauck Summer Home (Hauck Family Summer Estate)

12171 Mosteller Road, Sharonville, 45241

Precision Built Corporation


Crossroads Uptown

42 Calhoun Street, Cincinnati 45219

Clifton Heights

Crossroads OSG Inc

Platte Architecture and Design

Advantage Group Engineering

Model Construction Group

Construction Process Solutions — Owner’s Rep

Crossroads Church


Hotel Covington

638 Madison Avenue, Covington KY 41011

Downtown Covington Historic District

The Salyers Group


Jenkins House

839 Washington Avenue, Newport KY 41071

East Row Historic District

Triple J Property Management


440-442 Liberty Hill Street

Prospect Hill Historic District

Mount Auburn

Morgan Liberties LLC


Marion Hall 

992 Marion Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45229

North Avondale

Ryan L. Messer and James A. Musuraca


Tailor Shop OTR

1667 Hamer Street, Cincinnati OH  45202

Over-the-Rhine Historic District

Tailor Shop OTR LLC


Trevarren Flats

961-975 East McMillan Avenue

Peebles Corner Historic District

Walnut Hills

Trevarren Flats I LLC


Norwood Fire Company No. 2

3901 Montgomery Road, Norwood 45212

City of Norwood


Warner Brothers Building

1600 Central Parkway, 45202

Over-the-Rhine Historic District\

Grandin Company Limited



Hauck House Mural Restoration 

Ken Hughes, Decorative Restorations 




1405-1407 Elm Street, Over-the-Rhine

Elm Street Ventures LLC

Learn more here

2015 winners:


Rehabilitation Awards:  


Archdiocesan Archives Renovation

Owner: Archdiocese of Cincinnati

Architects: Chameleon Architecture

Contractors: Danis Building Construction, Dayton


Beasley Place

Owner/Contractor: Over-the-Rhine Community Housing

Architects: CR Architecture + Design 

Contractor: HGC Construction, Inc. 

Funders: City of Cincinnati, Ohio Housing Finance Agency, First Financial Bank


Education Matters 

Owner: Lower Price Hill Matters, LLC

Contractors: Brashear Bolton Architects

Contractors: HGC Construction, Inc.


408 Overton Street, Newport, KY

Owner/Developer: Mansion Hill Properties

The Crown

Owner: Crown Building, LLC

Architect: Hampton Architects 

Contractors: Premier Tri-State Roofing


J.H. Rhodes House

Owners: Benjamin and Kristen Walters

Architects: Preservation Architecture Services Team

Contractors: Benjamin Walters, Chris Holtman, Jeff Niemis, Joel Stafford


Tate Ale House

Owner: Ale House Landlord

Architects: Drawing Department

Designers: Reid & Taylor

Contractors: HGC Construction, Inc.

Engineered Building Services, Inc.

Advantage Group Engineers

City Studios Architecture


Chatfield College Over-the-Rhine Campus

Owners: Chatfield College 

Architects: Emersion DESIGN 

Contractors: Endeavor Construction 

Michael Matts

Douglas Owen


Clifton Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County 

Owners: Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Architects: McClorey and Savage

Contractors: Motz Engineering



Probasco Fountain

Owner: City of Cincinnati

Clifton Town Meeting


Frida 602, Covington

Owners: Lucky Twins LLC

Contractor: Don Biendenharn


Stonelick Covered Bridge

Owners: Clermont County 

Engineers: Smolen Engineering, Ltd.

Contractor: The Righter Company, Inc.


Special Recognition Award:

1706 Lang Street Stabilization

City of Cincinnati

Hamilton County Reutilization Corporation

Contractor: Structural Systems Repair Group


Education Award:
Jeanne Rolfes, “Cincinnati Memories”


President’s Award for Service to Preservation:

Dave Zelman, AIA

See images and learn more here.

2014 winners:


Rehabilitation Awards:


The Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel

Owner: Bartlett Building Limited

Architects: FRCH Design Worldwide

Consulting Engineers: Thorsen Baker & Associates, Inc.

Contractors: Columbia Sussex Corp.


Weaver/Finger House, Delta Avenue

Owner/Contractor: David Finger 

Architects: RWA Architects, Inc.

Structural Engineer: Pinnacle Engineering.


Color Building, Vine Street, OTR

Owner: Paint Building LLC

Developer: 3CDC

Architect: GBBN Architects

Construction Manager: Core Resources

Structural Engineer: Pinnacle Engineering

Preservation Consultant: 720 Consulting


Elm Street Senior Housing

Owner: Elm Street Senior Housing Limited

Developer: Over-the Rhine Community Housing; Model Group

Architect: CR Architecture + Design

Funders: Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing; Ohio Housing Finance Agency; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Rothenberg Preparatory Academy 

Owner: Cincinnati Public Schools

Architect: WA Architects, with GBBN Architects 

Construction Manager: Turner/DAG

Structural Engineer: GOP Limited

Mechanical/Electrical Engineer: KLH Engineers

Civil Engineer: Abercrombie & Associates

General Contractor: Performance Construction

Masonry/Terra Cotta Restoration Contractor: Kestner Waggoner Restoration Group, Inc.

Rooftop Garden Funder: Over-the-Rhine Foundation


Nicolay Lofts

Developer: NorthPointe Group

Architect: City Studios

Contractor: HGC Construction Company


Westfalen Lofts

Developers: NorthPointe Group and John Hueber Homes

Architect: Wichman Gunther Architects

Contractor: John Hueber Homes


Hummel Building

Developers: Grandin Properties and 3CDC 

Architects: Denis L. Black and Associates

Contractor: Hudepohl Construction 


Stewardship Award: 


City of Covington Historic Preservation Guidelines


Spring in Our Steps 

See the winners here.


Education Award:  

Cincinnati’s Terrace Plaza Hotel: An Icon of American Modernism; 

Shawn Patrick Tubb


Lifetime Achievement Award:  

David and Barbara Day, of David Day, Designer & Associates, Inc.


Rehabilitation Awards:  

The Reserve, Downtown
Developer and Co-Owner: Ashley Commercial Group. Co-Owner: Arcadia Communities. Partner: City Studios Architecture.


21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati, Downtown

Developer: 21c Museum Hotels

Architect: Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel. Partners: The McCall Group LLC, Deborah Berke Partners, Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers PSC, Atlantic Engineering, Messer Construction, Judith B. Williams, Illumination Works LLC.


Andreas E. Burkhardt House

3989 Beechwood Avenue

North Avondale

Owner: Sandra Wilson


Glenmore Playhouse

3716 Glenmore Avenue


Owner: The Drama Workshop


Sustainability Award:

GreenSource Cincinnati Headquarters, Downtown

Owner: GreenSource Cincinnati

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