Preservation Burlington Annual Awards

Each year, Preservation Burlington recognizes historic buildings that represent outstanding efforts in preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or reconstruction. In doing so, this program seeks to promote continued efforts in heritage preservation as well as highlight its benefits. The program also recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the betterment of our community life.

2017 program honors preservation work and projects completed in 2016:

February 22, 2017 – 7-9pm
Main Street Landing Film House, 60 Lake Street, Burlington, VT
Light refreshments will be served. FREE (donations gratefully accepted).

This year’s special guests, Robert McCullough and Luis Vivanco, will present overviews of their respective books, Old Wheelways: Traces of Bicycle History on the Land and Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing. Phoenix Books will have copies of each book available for purchase at the event. All are welcome to attend this free and informative program.

Award Categories

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Institutional (civic, educational or religious)
  • Spirit (recognizes a property that represents outstanding ongoing stewardship of a historic property)
  • Ray O'Connor (recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to the betterment of our community life)

Award Criteria for Historic Properties


  • Properties must be located in Burlington and be more than 50 years of age.
  • Projects under consideration for the Residential, Commercial or Institutional awards must have been completed within the three (3) previous calendar years.

Merit Considerations

Projects/properties will be assessed according to the following, which are based on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties:

  • Recognition and respect for the period in which the historic property was constructed.
  • Adherence to a specific historic preservation philosophy—new additions or alterations should have been executed in such a manner that they have not impaired the essential form or integrity of the original.
  • Where alterations or additions are of contemporary design, the work must respect the original historical, architectural and cultural qualities of the underlying historic property.
  • Demonstrable impact on the community and ongoing efforts to preserve its historic resources
  • Degree of difficulty of the project.
  • Extent to which the project utilizes exemplary and/or traditional preservation techniques and materials.


We encourage nominations for our Annual Awards, from the community. You can nominate a property or individual for our Annual Awards here »

Past Award Recipients »

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