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2021 Arkansas Preservation Awards

 Photos from the Arkansas Preservation Awards ceremony are available here.

Photo credit: Stephanie Dunn King Photography


On January 28, 2022, Preserve Arkansas hosted its annual Arkansas Preservation Awards dinner and program to honor individuals and organizations for projects focused on historic preservation, education, and advocacy throughout the state. Honorees and guests celebrated with a reception and banquet at the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion in Little Rock, followed by a program recognizing Gary W. Clements, AIA, of North Little Rock and the award-winning projects. State Historian David Ware of Little Rock served as Master of Ceremonies for the event. Silver Table Sponsors for the 2021 Arkansas Preservation Awards were Clements and Associates Architecture, Inc.; the Division of Arkansas Heritage; and the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design. Read below for additional information about our honorees!

2021 Parker Westbrook Award Winner

Gary W. Clements, AIA

A lifelong history enthusiast, Gary Clements has been an ardent supporter of historic preservation since 1981, when he graduated from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture. Clements started working on preservation projects at the Arkansas State Capitol in 1985, when he was on the staff of Burt Taggart and Associates, and this work at the Capitol building and its grounds continued through the establishment of his own firm, Clements and Associates, in 1997. There are only a few spaces in the building, from the dome to the basement, where Clements has not been involved with efforts to restore or rehabilitate the building. Most recently, Clements completed the renovation of the Arkansas State Treasury office in fall 2021. The Capitol work affected Gary’s personal life as well – he met his wife, Ann, during his first assignment to field measure the building.

In addition to his notable work at the State Capitol, Clements has completed restoration and rehabilitation projects throughout the state of Arkansas. He has served on numerous preservation-related boards and commissions and continues to do so. Clements was a pioneer in the restoration of his neighborhood, the Argenta Historic District, working with the Argenta CDC to rehabilitate 55 living units in the mid-1990s. The O’Kelley-Clements House, economically too costly for a CDC project, became Gary and Ann’s personal project, which was recognized with a preservation award in 1998. Preserve Arkansas was pleased to recognize Gary Clements for his 40 years of dedication to the preservation of Arkansas’s built environment. Congratulations, Gary!


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors



Carl H. Miller, Jr.

Justice David and Mrs. Carolyn Newbern

Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.

Breck and Anne Speed

John and Marjem Gill

              Beverage Sponsor

2021 Arkansas Preservation Award Recipients

Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement Gary W. Clements, AIA, North Little Rock
Excellence in Heritage Preservation Washington County Oral History Project
Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation Old Jail B&B, Historic Washington State Park
Owner: Arkansas Dept. of Parks, Heritage and Tourism
Architect: WER Architects/Planners
Contractor: Contech Contractors/GEP Contractors
Excellence in Preservation through Restoration – Winner Coca-Cola Bottling Plant, Morrilton
Owner: Crow Group, Inc.
Architect: Terry Burruss
Contractor: Crow Group, Inc.
Excellence in Preservation through Restoration – Honorable Mention 26 W. Center, Fayetteville
Owner: 26 W. Center, LLC
Architect: Skiles Architects, PA
Contractor: Dan Minkel
Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education Bob Keltner, Little Rock
For his short film, “Knoopy and Kavanaugh: Back in the Old Neighborhood”
Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Advocacy Marshall Ray, Jacksonville
For his work championing training in preservation trades
Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication Arkansas Made: A Survey of the Decorative, Mechanical, and Fine Arts Produced in Arkansas through 1950, 2nd Edition
By Swannee Bennett, Jennifer Carman and William B. Worthen
Published by the University of Arkansas Press
Excellence in Personal Projects James and Ann Ballard Bryan, Little Rock
For the Marshall House at 2009 S. Arch Street
Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse – Award The ARTSpace and ARTWORKS on Main, Pine Bluff
Owner: Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
Architect: AMR Architects

Contractor: East Harding Construction
Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse – Honorable Mention Ellis Building/Atlas Restaurant, Fayetteville
Owner: Quantum Properties
Architect: DEMX Architecture
Contractor: Oelke Construction
Outstanding Preservation Reporting in the Media Jim Pfeifer, AIA, Little Rock
For his regular articles in Hillcrest Life and Heights Living magazines and condensed posts on his History of the Heights Facebook page
Outstanding New Construction in a Historic Setting – Award Hill Station, Little Rock
Owner: Little Gidding, LLC
Architect: JAMESON Architects, PA
Contractor: Cline Construction, Inc.
Outstanding New Construction in a Historic Setting – Honorable Mention Alpha Delta Pi Sorority House, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
Owner: Alpha Delta Pi House Corporation
Architect: WER Architects/Planners
Contractor: Kinco Constructors
Outstanding New Construction in a Historic Setting – Honorable Mention The Haywood, El Dorado
Owner: El Dorado Hospitality Services, LLC
Architect: AMR Architects
Contractor: Clark Contractors
Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson – Award Justin Elbert, Little Rock
For his work on the Marshall House at 2009 S. Arch Street
Outstanding Work by a Craftsperson  – Honorable Mention Renaissance Roofing, Rockford, IL
For the copper dome restoration project at the Mississippi County Courthouse at Osceola
Outstanding Service in Neighborhood Preservation The Events Center at Fairview Park, Camden