Bob Kempkes (left) and Anthony Taylor of Hot Springs, recipients of the 2018 Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement.
Preserve Arkansas, the statewide nonprofit advocate for historic preservation, will honor the recipients of the 2018 Arkansas Preservation Awards on January 25, 2019, at the historic Albert Pike Memorial Temple, 712 Scott Street, Little Rock. The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:45 and the presentation of awards with emcee Rex Nelson at 7:30.
Named for Preserve Arkansas’s founding president and pioneer preservationist, the 2018 Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement will be awarded to Hot Springs architects Anthony Taylor and Bob Kempkes. Taylor and Kempkes founded Taylor/Kempkes Architects, P.A. in 1986 at Hot Springs. Over the years, Taylor and Kempkes have demonstrated a strong commitment to the preservation of our state’s built environment and the revitalization of downtown Hot Springs. Their notable Hot Springs projects include the restoration and/or rehabilitation of the Mountain Valley Spring Company Building, Old Post Office, Quapaw Bathhouse, and the Thompson Building. Please join us in congratulating Anthony Taylor and Bob Kempkes, and make plans to celebrate their achievements with us on January 25!
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Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement
Award: Anthony Taylor and Bob Kempkes, Taylor/Kempkes Architects, Hot Springs
Excellence in Heritage Preservation
Award: Ginger Sandy
For “Cedar Grove/Mobley Historical Preservation” Facebook page
Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation
Award: Des Arc Public Library (Historic First Presbyterian Church), Des Arc
Owner: Prairie County
Architect: Robert M. Schelle Architects
Award: Griffin Auto Company Building, El Dorado
Owner: El Dorado Festivals & Events
Architect: DLR Group
Contractor: Nabholz Construction
Award: ScholarMade Achievement Place, Ivy Hill Academy of Scholarship (Historic James Mitchell School), Little Rock
Owner: ScholarMade Achievement Place
Architect: Wittenberg, Delony & Davidson, Inc., Architects
Contractor: Clark Contractors, LLC
Excellence in Preservation through Restoration
Award: Brunson House, Historic Washington State Park
Owner: Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism
Architect: WER Architects/Planners
Award: Methodist Manse, Cane Hill
Owner: Historic Cane Hill, Inc.
Architect: WER Architects/Planners
Contractor: Kinco Constructors
Award: Shiloh Meeting Hall, Springdale
Owner: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, City of Springdale
Architect: Clements & Associates/Architecture, Inc.
Contractor: Cameron Construction
Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education
Award: University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, Department of Landscape Architecture
For the “Rising Above – Rohwer Reconstructed: Interpreting Place through Experience” website
Additional collaborators on the “Rohwer Reconstructed” project include the Arkansas State Archives, Arkansas State University, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, University of Arkansas Center for Advanced Spatial Technologies, and Special Collections at the University of Arkansas Library.
Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Advocacy
Award: U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman, Representing Arkansas’s 4th District, for his efforts to save the Federal Historic Tax Credit during tax reform
Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication
Award: University of Arkansas Press
For “It’s All Done Gone”: Arkansas Photographs from the Farm Security Administration Collection, 1935-1943
By Patsy G. Watkins
Excellence in Personal Projects
Commercial: Mary Ann Lee, Indigo Blue Coffeehouse, Pine Bluff
Residential: Greg Gallagher, 1919 Beech Street, Texarkana
Honorable Mention: Cecil and Denise Ennett, Kleinschmidt House, Little Rock
Courtney C. Crouch, Jr. and Brenda Crouch
Friends of “Rising Above – Rohwer Reconstructed” website
Carl H. Miller, Jr.
Ted and Leslie Belden
Courtney C. Crouch, III and Amber Crouch
Hon. John C. Edwards
Rep. David Hillman
JAMESON Architects, PA
Timothy W. Maddox, AIA
Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, PLLC
Justice and Mrs. David Newbern
Mark and Cheri Nichols
Soos Stained Glass
Stone’s Throw Brewing