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Posted on: August 4, 2021

City recognized for historic preservation efforts by Florida Trust

Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee, City of St. Augustine Historic Preservation Officer Jenny Wolfe, a

Awards presented for Organizational and Outstanding Achievement

The City of St. Augustine was recognized in two award categories by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation at the Florida Secretary of State Awards and Florida Preservation Awards at the Preservation on Main Street Conference in New Port Richey July 22.  

In collaboration with Taylor Engineering, Place Economics, Marquis, Latimer, and Halback, Inc., The Craig Group and Archaeological Consultants, Inc., the City of St. Augustine’s Resilient Heritage in America’s Oldest City, was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in the Resilient Preservation category.  The results of this study outline best practices for resiliency strategies that can be used in historic districts nationwide.  The comprehensive final document identifies methods for prioritizing archaeological sites threatened by rising seas, outlines the economic impacts of previous and future flooding events and recommends potential solutions such as mitigation strategies and policy revisions.  Having city-wide vulnerability assessments, adaptation strategies and mitigation planning for flooding and sea level rise are valuable sources of information for the City’s policymakers and the community’s property owners.  More information on this report is available HERE.

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Photo: The moving of Meldrim Cottage, front, side, and rear view. 

In the Organizational Achievement category, the City and the Florida Agricultural Museum received the Noteworthy Award for their collaboration to relocate the Meldrim Cottage, a significant vernacular structure representing the legacy of the early 20th century turpentine industry in Florida.  The original structure was built around 1946 in the South Davis Shores neighborhood and was held by the Meldrim family until 2018.  Instead of tearing down the property and losing this important historic structure, the city sought a new owner that would relocate the building to their property, which was achieved by the Florida Agricultural Museum.  It will be restored for interpretation and for visitors to the museum to enjoy in the future.

“This is a very proud moment for us and all those who worked toward these achievements,” remarked Jenny Wolfe, Historic Preservation Officer, and recently elected President for the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.  “St. Augustine has been recognized by the Florida Trust for many years consecutively, but we must remain committed to authenticity to preserve our unique city and continue the hard work that makes us worthy of these recognitions.”

Nominations for annual awards are made by the public with award recipients selected by a five-member jury from around the state representing a variety of backgrounds and experience. Preservationists and projects were awarded in these categories: Restoration/Rehabilitation, Adaptive Use, Resilient Preservation, Preservation Education/Media, Historic Landscapes and Organizational Achievement. 

 Top Photo:  Secretary of State Laurel M. Lee, City of St. Augustine Historic Preservation Officer Jenny Wolfe, and Lisa Craig, Principal, The Craig Group.  Other team members not pictured: Taylor Engineering, Place Economics, Marquis, Latimer, and Halback, Inc., and Archaeological Consultants, Inc.  Photo Courtesy of the Florida Trust and KramKran Photography.

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