Two Georgetown institutions — and — received awards for excellence in historic preservation at a ceremony Thursday.
The Excellence in Historic Preservation awards are in their ninth year. Mayor Vincent Gray and representatives from the D.C. Office of Planning’s (OP) Historic Preservation Office recognized projects this year that "represent an investment of $272.5 million in historic districts and landmarks in the District," according to a press release.
“Properly done, historic preservation adds not only to our quality of life, but also to our economic well-being and long-term appeal as a beautiful, historic and well-preserved city full of aesthetic and cultural treasures," said Gray in a prepared statement.
According to the press release, this year's award-winning projects invested an estimated total of $272.5 million in the District in historic districts and landmarks.
The (3260 R St.) was honored with the Stewardship award for the renovation after a the 2007 fire five years ago.
Georgetown Neighborhood Library: Martinez+Johnson Architecture PC; Smoot Construction; Hoshide Wanzer Williams Architects PLLC; EHT Traceries, Inc.; John J. Christie & Associates PC; D.C. Public Library; Jerry McCoy.
Jerry McCoy, the special collections library for the Peabody Room at the library, posted on Georgetown Patch's Facebook wall about the recognition.
He wrote that he was honored to receive the award for his "efforts in returning to the community the special collections of the DC Public Library's Peabody Room in Georgetown."
McCoy was quick to thank the DC Fire Department for its quick work to save the Peabody room during the fire in 2007. He also credited his colleague Mark Greek and long-time volunteers Wendy Erlanger and Richard Hare for their own roles in saving, restoring and organizing the collection.
(644 31st St.) was recognized for its archeology project.
Tudor Place Historic House and Garden Archaeology Project: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden/Tudor Place Foundation, Inc.; Dovetail Cultural Resource Group.