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Posted on: January 25, 2024

Nominations now open for Historic Preservation Awards

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Nominations that recognize outstanding efforts to restore and preserve some of Bristol’s oldest buildings are now being accepted by officials in both Bristol, Tennessee and Bristol, Virginia as the two cities prepare for their first-ever joint Historic Preservation Awards Program.

“Although our committees will continue to work individually to evaluate nominations and choose award winners in our respective states, we look forward to hosting a joint celebration during

National Preservation Month in May,” said Daniel Shew, chairman of the Bristol Virginia Historic Preservation Committee.

“Through one special event, we will shine a spotlight on some of Bristol’s oldest properties and reflect on the amazing history that both cities enjoy,” added Debra Kennedy of the Bristol

Tennessee Historic Preservation Committee.

The Bristol Virginia Historic Preservation Committee accepts nominations each year that recognize property owners and developers who engage in preservation projects within the city’s five designated historic districts. Those include Euclid Avenue, Solar Hill, Virginia Hill, Bristol Warehouse, and Bristol Downtown Commercial historic districts. A Citywide Historic Preservation Award is also available for a preservation project located within the city of Bristol, Virginia but outside one of the five historic districts. The Stewardship Award recognizes individuals for their long-term care of a contributing historic structure or those who have worked in historic preservation or been long-term advocates for historic preservation in Bristol, Virginia.

The Bristol Tennessee Historic Preservation Committee Properties accepts nominations for properties located in the Fairmount Neighborhood, Holston Avenue Neighborhood, and Bristol Downtown Commercial historic districts. Additionally, a Stewardship Award is available for individuals who have restored multiple historic properties. Nominations also are accepted for a Citywide Award, which recognizes a preservation project within the city but outside one of the three designated historic districts.

There is no fee to nominate a property, and nominations may be submitted by the property owner or by someone else. A brief description of the property and at least four photos of the exterior must be included. Only the exterior of the property will be considered. The deadline to submit a nomination for a 2024 award is March 31, 2024. Nomination forms may be submitted online or printed and hand delivered/mailed.

  • To nominate a property for a Bristol Virginia Historic Preservation Award, please go to https://www.bristolva.org/570/Historic-District-Preservation-Award where the nomination form can be found along with additional information, including a map of the five historic districts. For assistance or additional information, please call Daniel Shew at (276) 274-5271 or [email protected].
  • To nominate a property for a Bristol Tennessee Historic Preservation Award, please go to www.bristoltn.org/PreservationAwards. Nomination forms, a map of the city’s three historic districts, and a brief description of each award are available there. For more information, please contact Heather Moore at (423) 989-5549 or [email protected].

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