Recognizing extraordinary citizens who conducted excellent projects and programs, an enthusiastic audience celebrated recent preservation triumphs on October 14 in Gaithersburg. Six Montgomery County individuals and groups were honored this year with presentations by public officials, historians, and admirers.
The Awards continued MPI’s tradition of combining friendliness and good food with recognition of excellent projects and programs. Public officials, local historians, and others familiar with each awardee presented heart-felt descriptions in person and on video. In the words of one attendee, “The Awardees were so deserving…. All went seamlessly without a hint of all the work that went into it.” All gathered at historic Grace UM Church were impressed with the great preservation work occurring in Montgomery County.
Congratulations to the 2022 awardees:
Michael Dwyer award to Sandy Wright and David Therriault for preservation and adaptive reuse of the historic Franklin Veirs house in Poolesville as a bakery, cafe, and restaurant at Locals Farm Market
Award to James and Dale Sloan for sensitive renovation and enlargement of their early 20th-century bungalow in the Historic District of Takoma Park
Award to Zach Ransom and Boy Scout Troop 496 for an historically appropriate reconstruction of the outhouse behind the 1895 Boyds Negro School
Award to architect Miche Booz for adaptive reuse of a 1920s one-car garage in Brookville as a modern cottage
The County Executive’s Award to Historic Takoma’s African-American Oral History Project for its efforts to preserve and share memories of life in the Black community through interviews and production of three videos.
The Montgomery Prize to the Montgomery Countryside Alliance for more than 20 years of educating the public and creating programs in the Agricultural Reserve that defend and maintain the Reserve as an agricultural area and preserve the historic rural landscapes of Montgomery County, Maryland