Each year, the Preservation Society of Asheville and Buncombe County presents the Griffin Awards to outstanding projects and individuals that further the goals of historic preservation in our community.
Restoration - Projects that accurately depict the form, features, and character of a property as it appeared at a particular period of time. Restoration may entail removal of features from other periods of the building’s history and reconstruction of missing features from the restoration period. It may include limited and sensitive upgrading of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and other code-required work to make the property functional.
Rehabilitation – Projects that allow for newer compatible use of a historic building through repair, alteration, and/or additions while preserving portions or features of the building which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values. Changes that achieve a false sense of historical development over time will not be considered.
Adaptive Re-use – Projects that adapt a historic building for a purpose other than what was originally intended while preserving portions or features of the building which convey its historical, cultural, or architectural values.
In-Fill Construction Within a Historic District or Traditional Neighborhood – Projects in historic districts or traditional neighborhoods within the City of Asheville or Buncombe County that respect the contributing factors of the original context. A focus will be placed on the project’s compatibility to adjacent scale, character, materials, colors, siting, landscape and forms of the locale. The project should enhance the integrity of the immediate area.
Research, Publication & Education – Recognizing excellence in communicating the value of historic preservation to the public, including exemplary historical research, publication, oral history initiatives and the development of innovative educational programs or websites.
Stewardship – Long term care which has been sensitive to the historic character and fabric of a significant historic or architectural resource in Asheville or Buncombe County. For example, an owner. institution, or organization who maintains a historic structure long term. Resources include buildings, collections, landscapes, cemeteries, and archaeological sites.
Preservation – This award recognizes individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to historic preservation through philanthropy, leadership, promotion or advocacy.