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Award for Excellence In Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), recognized efforts that both advanced the nation’s historic preservation goals and provided affordable housing and economic development opportunities for low- and moderate-income residents.

2015 is the final year this award was presented in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Call For Entries

Nominations for the 2021 National Preservation Award are being accepted now. Submission deadline is 11:59 pm PDT on April 16, 2021.

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Fairbanks Flats

Beloit, Wisconsin

The 2009 HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation was recently presented to Gorman & Company Inc. for their outstanding achievement in renovating Fairbanks Flats. This historic development was originally segregated company housing built for African-American machinists in 1917 by Fairbanks-Morse, an engine manufacturer in Beloit, Wisconsin. Thanks to the efforts of this year's winner, Fairbanks Flats has been transformed into affordable row houses, with rents from $570 to $725. The project features historic elements (such as porch awnings and unique colors), modern amenities, and a rent-to-own option after 15 years of residence.

Presented by HUD in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, this award recognizes and celebrates the advancement of historic preservation while concomitantly providing affordable housing and/or expanded economic opportunities – particularly for low- and moderate-income families and individuals. More information on the 2009 HUD Secretary's Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation winning submission can be found at www.preservationnation.org/take-action/awards/ and www.gormanusa.com/webv1/docs/rent_search/FairbanksFlats.pdf. Interested readers will find more about the HUD Secretary's Award program at https://www.huduser.gov/portal/about/secaward.html.