Join us to recognize the recipients of the 2023 Arkansas Preservation Awards and honor the Historic Washington Foundation, recipient of the 2023 Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement. General admission tickets are $150 each, and table sponsorships and patron tickets are also available. More information is below.
Seating is limited; RSVP before January 19, 2024.
Named in honor of Preserve Arkansas’s founding president, the Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement recognizes significant achievements in historic preservation over a period of years. The award may be presented to individuals, organizations, businesses, or public agencies whose activities may be of local, statewide, or national importance. The 2023 Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement goes to the Historic Washington Foundation.
For sixty-five years, Historic Washington Foundation (formerly Pioneer Washington Restoration Foundation) has been a leader in organized preservation efforts in Arkansas. With its incorporation in 1958, it became the first historic preservation organization in the state. In addition, the Foundation has been directly involved in the preservation of more historic structures than any other preservation organization in Arkansas. Besides its direct preservation work, Historic Washington Foundation (HWF) was instrumental in having the Washington Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. The Foundation also worked to create Old Washington Historic State Park (now Historic Washington State Park), which opened in 1973 to partner with HWF in preserving and interpreting the town, a partnership that remains strong today. In 1975, Parker Westbrook, a native of nearby Nashville, Arkansas, and an ardent preservationist, was elected to the Foundation board. He remained actively involved, eventually serving as volunteer executive director, for more than thirty years. Now, in recognition of its ground-breaking work in historic preservation in Arkansas, it is fitting for the organization he served to receive the Parker Westbrook Award.
|W. L. Cook Award for Excellence in Heritage Preservation||Eureka Springs Community Center Foundation
For the Eureka Springs Community Center project
|Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation||Martin Hall at Hendrix College, Conway
Owner: Hendrix College
Architect: WER Architects
Contractor: Nabholz Construction
|Excellence in Preservation through Restoration – Award||Willhaf House, Van Buren
Owner: University of Arkansas – Fort Smith
Architect: John Milner Associates Preservation / MAHG Architecture
Contractor: Crawford Construction Company
|Excellence in Preservation through Restoration – Honorable Mention||Crittenden County Bank and Trust Building, Marion
Owner: Fredrick Millar
Contractor: Fredrick Millar
|Excellence in Preservation through Restoration – Honorable Mention||Wingmead Cabin, Roe
Owner: Wingmead, Inc.
Architect: Revival Architecture, Inc.
Contractor: Historic Works, LLC
|Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education||Ritter-McDonald Cabin, Springdale
Owner: City of Springdale – Shiloh Museum of Ozark History
Architect: Clements & Associates Architecture, Inc.
Contractor: River Ridge Builders
|Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication||“Cy Sutherland: Architect, Educator, Preservationist” by Andrea Cantrell
Published in Washington County Flashback, Spring 2023
|Excellence in Personal Projects||Wallace Stone, Hot Springs
For Judge Glover’s Hideout at Malvern
|Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse||Benton Federal Building, Benton
Owner: Jonathan and Devan Hope
Architect: Williams & Dean Architecture
Contractor: Titan General Contractors & Hope Consulting
|Outstanding Service in Neighborhood Preservation||Angela and Bobby Mathews and Lynn Boyd, Little Rock
For the Chester Nests project, Little Rock
Award winners and sponsors of the 2022 Arkansas Preservation Awards
Award winners and sponsors of the 2021 Arkansas Preservation Awards
Award winners and sponsors of the 2020 Arkansas Preservation Awards
Program and sponsors of the 2019 Arkansas Preservation Awards
Program and sponsors of the 2018 Arkansas Preservation Awards
Program and sponsors of the 2016 Arkansas Preservation Awards
Program and sponsors of the 2017 Arkansas Preservation Awards