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2018 Arkansas Preservation Awards

Anthony Taylor and Bob Kempkes founded Taylor/Kempkes Architects, P.A. in Hot Springs in 1986. Their firm specializes in restoration, adaptive reuse, multi-family housing, commercial, and parks and recreation projects. 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 and Bob, and make plans to celebrate their achievements with us on January 25, 2019!

When: January 25, 2019
Where: Albert Pike Memorial Temple, 712 Scott Street, Downtown Little Rock
5:30 PM – Reception
6:45 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Presentation of Awards
with emcee Rex Nelson

In order to be listed in the printed program, replies must be received by January 11, 2019.

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List of 2018 Arkansas Preservation Award Recipients

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 (First Presbyterian Church), Des Arc

Owner: Prairie County
Architect: Robert M. Schelle Architects
Contractor: Multiple sub-contractors

Award                         Griffin Auto Company Building, El Dorado

Owner: El Dorado Festivals & Events
Architect: DLR Group
Contractor: Nabholz Construction

Award                         ScholarMade Achievement Place (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                          Shiloh Meeting Hall, Springdale

Owner: Shiloh Museum of Ozark History, City of Springdale
Architect: Clements & Associates/Architecture, Inc.
Contractor: Cameron Construction

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

Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Education

Award                          Department of Landscape Architecture Fay Jones School of Architecture + Design, University of Arkansas
For the “Rising Above – Rohwer Reconstructed: Interpreting Place through Experience” website

Outstanding Achievement in Preservation Advocacy

Award                          U.S. Congressman Bruce Westerman, Representing Arkansas’s 4th District

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

                                    for the Indigo Blue Coffeehouse, Pine Bluff

Residential                  Greg Gallagher

                                    for 1919 Beech Street, Texarkana

Honorable Mention      Cecil and Denise Ennett

                                 for the Kleinschmidt House, Little Rock

Thanks to our generous sponsors!


Mr. Tim Leach


Mr. Courtney C. Crouch, Jr.
Workers and Friends of Rising Above: Rohwer Reconstructed


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