Past Preservation Prizewinners ~ 2010 Edition

By Danielle

In 2010, the awards banquet was held during the biennial historic preservation conference.  Preservation Alliance was in Fairmont that year, and it was wonderful to be there because Main Street Fairmont had recently received the Great American Main Street Award as one of the most outstanding Main Street programs in the United States.  Naturally Fairmont was the focus of this awards banquet, as there were so many notable projects.  We had the banquet at High Gate Carriage House, which was a real treat and was built in 1910 for James Edwin Watson, the son of James Otis Watson who was the founder of the American Coal Company (Consol).  Horace Trumbauer of Philadelphia designed the house in the Elizabethan half-timber style.

Browse the gallery for photos of the award winning projects and scroll down to read about the dynamic honorees.

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Most Significant Endangered Property Save – Marion County Jail, City of Fairmont Historic Landmark Commission, Jo Ann Lough and Randy Elliott, for restoration efforts of the jail and combining it with the Marion County Historical Society’s Museum Complex.

Community Preservation Award – Main Street Fairmontfor outstanding community preservation efforts.  Vera Sansalone and Sandra Scaffidi tirelessly worked at Main Street Fairmont to rejuvenate the downtown area, as well as preserve the town’s historic treasures.

Preservation Achievement Award – Former Congressman Alan Mollohan for his lifelong efforts in preservation-based economic development.  Mollohan played a pivotal role in the preservation of the 1921 bridge that connects East and West Fairmont.  He strongly supported historic preservation as an economic development tool, and the High Gate Carriage House was another project to which he provided funding.

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