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 John P. Gill

Recipient of the 2019

Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement

Little Rock attorney and historian John Gill has long had a keen interest in the preservation of Arkansas’s history and architecture. Throughout his career, Gill has demonstrated a passion for preservation through his service on the boards of the Little Rock Visitor Information Center Foundation that restored Curran Hall, the USS Hoga Committee for the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum, and Preserve Arkansas, where he was board president in 2010 and spearheaded a large fundraising campaign for the organization’s 30th anniversary. He has authored books about Arkansas’s historic county courthouses, Depression-era post office art, and the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion. Gill has been a strong preservation advocate, working on behalf of the Friends of the Historic White River Bridge at Clarendon in an effort to save and repurpose the bridge. For his efforts to research, document, and preserve the historic fabric of Arkansas, Mr. Gill is well-deserving of the Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement.

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Bronze Table Sponsors


Baldwin & Shell Construction, Inc.



Mr. and Mrs. Courtney Crouch, Jr.


Mr. Carl H. Miller, Jr.


Mr. and Mrs. John and Marjem Gill







Ouachita County Historical Society



David and Patricia Blick
Jim and Kathy Boyette
Richard C. Butler, Jr.
Courtney and Amber Crouch
Arkansas State Representative Charlene Fite, District 80
Dr. Joe Crow and Virginia Flynn
U.S. Congressman and Mrs. French Hill
Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C.
Mr. David Murphree and Dr. Ethel Goodstein-Murphree
Justice David and Mrs. Carolyn Newbern
Cheri and Mark Nichols
Aaron and Veronica Ruby

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List of 2019 Arkansas Preservation Award Recipients

Parker Westbrook Award for Lifetime Achievement
Award                          John P. Gill, Little Rock

Excellence in Heritage Preservation
Award                          Tontitown Oral History Project

Excellence in Preservation through Rehabilitation
Award                          Hotel Hale, Hot Springs
Owner: Zest Enterprises, LLC
Architect: Taylor/Kempkes Architects
Contractor: Harrison Construction Company, Inc.

Honorable Mention      First National Bank, Fort Smith
Owner: First National Bank of Fort Smith
Architect: Studio 6 Architects
Contractor: Beshears Construction, Inc.

Honorable Mention      Independence County Library, Batesville
Owner: Independence County Library System
Architect: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
Contractor: Clark Contractors, LLC

Excellence in Preservation through Restoration
Award                         Taylor House at Hollywood Plantation, Tillar
Owner: University of Arkansas at Monticello
Architect: JAMESON Architects, PA
Contractor: V.R. Smith & Sons (Phase 1)
Contractor: Naff Construction (Phase 2 & 3)
Contractor: A Plus Builders (Phase 4)

Honorable Mention      Arkansas House of Representatives Chamber Desks, Little Rock
Owner: State of Arkansas
Architect: Clements & Associates Architecture, Inc.
Contractor: Baldwin & Shell Construction Co.

Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education
Award                          City of Little Rock
For the Historic Sites App

Honorable Mention      UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture and UA Little Rock Department of Art and Design
For the Robinson Center exhibit at the historic Joseph Taylor Robinson Memorial Auditorium

Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Advocacy
Award                William Hawkins and Dr. John Wheeler, Camden

For their efforts to list the Washington Street Historic District on the National Register of Historic Places and further preservation efforts in downtown Camden

Ned Shank Award for Outstanding Preservation Publication
Award                          Images of America: Cane Hill
By Bobby Braly

Excellence in Personal Projects
Award                          Michael Gillihan
For the Spring Mill, Batesville

Outstanding Achievement in Adaptive Reuse
Award – Large Scale Development      The Paint Factory, Little Rock
Owner: Cromwell MT, LLC
Architect: Cromwell Architects Engineers, Inc.
Contractor: Central Construction Group

Award – Small Scale Development         Bark Bar, Little Rock
Owner: Happy Days Investments
Architect: AMR Architects
Contractor: Paul Page Dwellings

Honorable Mention      Fassler Hall, Little Rock
Owner: The McNellies Group
Architect: AMR Architects
Contractor: Central Construction Group

Outstanding Preservation Reporting in the Media
Award                          Tia Lyons, El Dorado News Times
For coverage of Historic District Commission meetings, Main Street El Dorado meetings and stories about preservation in El Dorado

Special Recognition of Outstanding Stewardship
Kerry McCoy, Little Rock
For Taborian Hall/Dreamland Ballroom

Outstanding New Construction in a Historic Setting
Award                   Robinson Center Renovation and Expansion, Little Rock
Owner: Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau
Architect: Polk Stanley Wilcox Architects
Contractor: CDI/Hunt Joint Venture