The 32nd Annual Preservation Alliance Benefit Gala and Minnesota Preservation Awards was a great success!

What a fantastic night. The party surpassed all previous attendance and fundraising records. Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors and guests.


We were incredibly proud to honor two exemplary individuals with our highest honors –

    • We will presented the President’s Award to George Sherman – considered an industry titan , his commitment to improving communities has allowed him to take a leading role in revitalizing blighted urban areas. His unwavering vision have contributed to neighborhood transformations with developments that include Wacouta Commons and Lowertown, Riverside Plaza in Cedar Riverside, NorShor Theatre in Downtown Duluth, and the Mill District in Minneapolis.  His efforts have changed lives with increased housing options, improved career and educational opportunities, and even cultural experiences.


    • The Executive Director’s Award was awarded to Ms. Virginia “Ginny” Sweatt. Virginia “Ginny” Sweatt has been leading and inspiring reuse of historic places throughout Minnesota for nearly twenty years. Her volunteerism, passion and support of the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and National Trust for Historic Preservation are clear demonstrations of her love for history and architecture. Ginny’s legacy is always evidenced through the projects supported by the Sweatt Endowed Preservation Fund. This fund has helped countless projects in Minnesota including most recently the Kasson School, Pipestone Masonic Temple and Peavey Plaza.


2016 Minnesota Preservation Awards

Every year our jury has a specific and unique pool of nominations to choose from. We received a tremendous amount of such high-quality nominations for this year’s awards that our jury really had the most difficult time any of them could remember in reaching the final list of winners. There are four Honor Awards and four Impact Awards for a singular projects which exemplify undeniable impact, quality and vision in the field of preservation. Our heartfelt congratulations to this year’s winners.


Impact Awards

A-Mill Artist Lofts – Minneapolis, MN. Project Participants include: Dominium; BKV Group; Weis Builders; Schuler Shook; US Bank; Cornerstone; Enhanced Historic Credit Partners; Dougherty & Company LLC; ARCH3, LLC; Affordable Housing Partners; Hennepin County; Minneapolis City of Lakes; Winthrop Weinstine; Braun Intertec; ; HDR; MN DNR; Minnesota Historical Society; MacRostie Historic Advisors LLC; National Park Service; Federal Energy Regulatory Commission; Hess Roise; Loucks; Kennedy & Graven; Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board; Stinson Leonard Street; Commercial Partners; Sustology; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.; Marcy Holmes; Macdonald & Mack Architects; St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board

East 4th Street Preservation Project – St. Paul, MN. Project Participants include: City of St. Paul, Ward 7 City Councilmember Kathy Lantry; City of St. Paul PED; City of St. Paul DSI; Glendening Architectural Services;  Paul Ormseth;  Becca Colbert Design; Reiling Construction;  Croix Custom Homes;  Charles Nosie Construction; Anderson Pro Builders; Historic Saint Paul; Dayton’s Bluff Community Council; U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Capital Region Watershed District; CPMI, Inc.; Neighborhood Energy Connection; SiteLines Education

Minneapolis Portfolio Preservation Project (MP3) – Minneapolis, MN. Project Participants include: Aeon; Frerichs Construction; Wilson Development Services; Commercial Partners Title; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; Adsit Architecture & Planning; Faegre Baker Daniels; Mahoney, Ulbrich, Christensen & Russ; Diversified Real Estate Services; Rosemary Dolata; Advanced Masonry Group;  Loeffler Construction & Consulting; The Javelin Group; Dougherty Funding and Dougherty Mortgage;  MacArthur Foundation; NeighborWorks America; Calvert Foundation; BMO; Braun Intertech Bob Rykken;  Integra Realty Resources; Bowen National Research; Enterprise Community Partners; Local Initiatives Support Corp.; AEI Consultants; Marx/Okubo Associates, Inc.; James R. Hill; Marcus Hampton Survey; Summit Envirosolutions, Inc.; City of Minneapolis; Hennepin County; Family Housing Fund; U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; Westminster Presbyterian Church

Western U Plaza – Saint Paul, MN. Project Participants include: Aurora St. Anthony NDC; Sand Companies, Inc; US Bank CDC; Sand Architects, LLC; National Windows Associates; Miller-Dunwidde; Thomas R. Zahn & Associates; Sand Construction, LLC; Bank Mutual; GrayHall; LISC Twin Cities; GMHC; Twin Cities Community Land Bank; Minnesota Housing Finance Agency; City of Saint Paul; Metropolitan Council


Honor Awards

Custom House – Saint Paul, MN. Project Participants include: Exeter Group LLC; Nelson Construction & Development; Frana Companies; BKV Group; Stahl Construction; TCF Bank; Dougherty Funding LLC; US Bancorp Community Development Corporation; Enhanced Historic Credit Partners; The Metropolitan Council (TBRA); The State of Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED); The City of Saint Paul

Historic Seitaniemi Housebarn – Embarrass, MN. Project Participants include: LHB, Inc.; Bissonett Log Construction, Inc.; Kraus Anderson; Sisu Heritage

St. Nicholas Catholic Church – Carver, MN. Project Participants include: City of Carver Heritage Preservation Commission; City of Carver; St. Nicholas Catholic Church; Solid Restoration & Masonry, Inc.; Becklin & Whitney; Met-Con Companies; T J Exteriors; H & J Electric; Cedar Lake Electric, Inc.

The Commodore Bar & Restaurant – Saint Paul, MN. Project Participants include: John & Stephanie Rupp; First Bank of Baldwin; Capitol Carpentry; Gardner Plumbing; L&J Electrical; LWL Builders; Lofgremn Painting & Tile; Northern Hardscapes; Raul Painting



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