Requirements & Nomination Form

The Awards Program

The Victorian Society in America has established the annual Preservation Awards Program to honor projects of outstanding merit in the preservation, restoration, or rehabilitation of buildings or significant structures that contribute to the heritage of the Victorian era.

In addition to the prestige of the Society's respected award, winners receive an illuminated certificate presented at a dinner during the Society's annual meeting. The Society also publicizes its awards through this web site.

The Board's Preservation Committee, responsible for administering the program, has promulgated the following requirements:

Project criteria

The preservation or restoration of structures important nationally, regionally, or locally is eligible for an award. Not-for-profit organizations whose mission is preservation or restoration in any of these categories are also eligible.  Individual private residences not open to the public are ineligible for preservation awards.

  • The structure must have been created during the period 1837 to 1917, inclusive. 

  • The property should be listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, or on a state or local register, either individually or as a contributing structure within an historic district.

  • The restoration have been completed not more than two years prior to submission of the nomination.

  • The project should encompass the completed restoration of a property; however, exceptions may be made depending on the magnitude and nature of the project. For example, the project may include only the exterior of a building or the adaptive reuse of a building.  Discussion with the Chair of the Preservation Committee is recommended prior to submission of a nomination (see name and contact information below).

Nominations must be:

  • submitted by an individual national member or a Chapter of the Society in good standing.  If a project is within the jurisdiction of a chapter, it must receive the endorsement of that chapter.

  • postmarked no later than February 15 and mailed to the Chair of the Preservation Committee (see name and address below).

Nomination documents must include:

  • a completed nomination form

  • A narrative of no more than five pages that:

Relates pertinent information about the history, dates, creator, etc. of the property, or organization 

Describes the preservation and/or restoration work accomplished, including methodology of procedure; problems encountered and solved; adaptive reuse (if any); systems upgraded; decisions concerning period of significance, historic re-creations, historic  furnishings, or replication of missing elements; and names of significant professionals and craftsmen involved in the project.  Public access to or benefit from the property, including educational or outreach programs, if any, should also be described.

  • Sufficient color photographs to illustrate the work that has been done on the project, including, as appropriate, views of the exterior, interior, outbuildings, landscape; before-and-after photographs are strongly recommended, if available. 

  • Letters of endorsement are welcome, though not required, from qualified individuals or officials attesting to the importance or professional quality of the work on the project.

  • Nomination documents, including photographs, must be submitted in both hardcopy and digital format. Digital may be transmitted either by email or CD. 

The Preservation Committee will review the nominations and transmit its recommendations to the Society’s Board of Directors, which shall make its decisions normally at its winter board meeting.

The Society’s board may make more than one preservation award in any year and may characterize awards based on the extent, quality, and significance of the restoration, such as award, commendation, honorable mention, etc.

Awards will be presented at the next annual meeting of the Society.  If a representative of the recipient is unable to attend the meeting, alternative arrangements will be made.

Go to: Nomination Form


The Preservation Committee will be pleased to answer any questions regarding the requirements, documentation, or procedures for the Preservation Awards Program.


Charles J. Robertson
Chair, Preservation Committee
1516 T Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009-3910

Telephone:  202-265-6669
E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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