Preservation Durham To Host People's Choice Award for Adaptive Re-use During CenterFest
Festival-goers will choose their favorite adaptive re-use project in Durham.
September 9, 2013 (Durham, NC) – When CenterFest Arts Festival revelers visit Preservation Durham’s information table this year, they’ll get to vote for their favorite renovation and re-use of a Durham historic property.
Preservation Durham, the non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Durham’s historic buildings and neighborhoods, participates in CenterFest each year. This year, however, Executive Director Wendy Hillis and her volunteers will display “before” and “after” photographs and other details about a few historic buildings in Durham that have been “repurposed” for a new use -- just as the turn-of-the-century tobacco warehouses were repurposed into BrightLeaf Square and the American Tobacco Company’s factories were transformed into the mixed-use American Tobacco Historic District.
The adaptive re-use project that receives the most public votes will be announced during Preservation Durham’s Preservation Awards ceremony in October.
“With the People’s Choice Award, we’re not only celebrating the arts at CenterFest, we’re also celebrating the reuse of existing and historic properties, which are key elements in sustainable development,” Hillis said. “Durham is home to many well-designed buildings that have stood the test of time and that contribute to the city’s unique streetscapes as well as the quality of life of our citizens. We’re looking forward to discovering what CenterFest folks think is the best adaptive re-use project of recent years.”
The Durham Arts Council will celebrate the 39th Annual CenterFest in downtown Durham on September 21 and 22. CenterFest is the longest running juried outdoor arts festival in North Carolina and showcases over 150 juried, visual and performing artists from across the country. The event includes food, diverse entertainment, and educational activities for families. For more information on CenterFest, visit http://centerfest.durhamarts.org.
For more information on Preservation Durham’s ongoing efforts to protect Durham’s historic architectural heritage, visit http://preservationdurham.org.
About Preservation Durham:
Preservation Durham is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to preserving Durham’s architectural heritage. The organization was founded in 1974, originally as the Historic Preservation Society of Durham. Preservation Durham has worked to establish historic districts in Durham that provide tax credits for homeowners of historic houses. Preservation Durham ’s Endangered Properties Fund helps buyers and sellers of historic properties protect them with preservation covenants. Its Renovators Network provides information and expertise to homeowners and other renovators. For more information visit www.preservationdurham.org.