Here are the winners of the 2022 Sarasota Heritage Awards
Over the weekend, construction crews took a break to work on new skyscrapers toward the downtown Sarasota skyline. And at the same time, acts of historical preservation were celebrated.
In addition to nominations from the public, a jury of local architecture and history experts and advocates weighed this year’s historic preservation project applications to decide who might deserve a heritage award from the Sarasota County. Four stood out and were announced the winners during a luncheon at the Sarasota Garden Club last weekend.
The nominees’ projects were judged for their success in the rehabilitation, restoration or adaptive use of a historic building, and the judges took into account the impact of the project on the community.
“Celebrating these successes is important and a way to share information about the people and places working to preserve our heritage,” says Lorrie Muldowney, Awards Committee Chair and Past President of the Sarasota Alliance. for Historic Preservation.
In most cases, it would have been financially up to the winners to tear down the once crumbling and neglected buildings and start anew, but these were “labours of love”, says Muldowney. “And it’s important to let people know that they can do award-winning work and that we appreciate them.”