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Preservation Awards 2004

by ArchitectureWeek

Although the built history of the United States is relatively young compared to that of most of the rest of the world, heroic efforts are sometimes needed to preserve what remains. The damaging effects of natural disasters, neglect, and "progress" often destroy old buildings before their historic value can be appreciated.

As a way of encouraging respect for our architectural elders, the National Trust for Historic Preservation makes annual awards to exemplars. In September 2004, the trust announced 16 diverse projects and organizations that have worked hard at protecting and revitalizing our built history.

At the time of the announcement, National Trust president Richard Moe stated: "Through their tireless work, these winners make sure that America's story is told in all its exuberance, drama, and diversity that's what historic preservation is all about."

Mill City Museum

One of the more unusual preservation projects is the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Once believed to be the world's largest and most technologically advanced flour mill, the General Mills building, vintage circa 1878, suffered decades of neglect during the 20th century and a disastrous fire in 1991.   >>>

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The Mill City Museum in Minneapolis, preserved and designed by Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd., was one of the recipients of this year's honor awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
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Cornerstones Community Partnerships works with communities throughout the Southwest United States to preserve historic vernacular architecture.
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