Best of Maryland Awards 2020

Preservation Maryland Announces Best of Maryland Awards: Building Rehabilitations, Skilled Artisans, Museum Volunteers & Others Celebrated Across the Old Line State
Preservation Maryland is honored to shine a spotlight on the tireless work of volunteers, architects, artisans, and legislators doing the essential work of protecting the places that make Maryland such a special place to live, work, explore – and celebrate.

Our team of artisans is so thrilled to be recognized for the renovation and modernization of Enoch Pratt Free Library (Central Library) by the City of Baltimore with this 2020 Preservation Artisan Award.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library Central Library is the flagship location of the oldest public library systems in the United States, and through the work and skills of many hands during an extraordinary renovation and modernization project, the Library shines bright as a beacon of community, knowledge, and betterment. Like the work of innumerable authors housed in the Library, the renovation project itself was the collective work of dozens of skilled artisans led by EverGreene Architectural Arts and F.G. Vogt Company to revive this Temple of Learning.

Preservation Maryland Executive Director Nicholas Redding explained, “History is a critical guide in uncertain times. During this ongoing health crisis, museums and historic sites have stepped up to provide historical context for today’s struggles and are authentic backdrops to explore and discuss these issues.” Redding continued, “Preservationists have long known that our work is essential, and that’s underscored in this year’s class of diverse award winners from around the state who are helping to make our communities places we’re proud to call home.”

Celebrate with Preservation Maryland
This year’s Best of Maryland awardees are being presented awards at socially distant site visits across the state this month. The public is invited to learn more about each award and to help us honor them by attending a special event at Bengies Drive-In Movie Theater in Middle River, Maryland on Thursday, October 1, 2020. The awards event will be followed by a screening of the 1980s classic, “The Money Pit” as a nod to the challenging and sometimes humorous nature of saving old buildings. Tickets are on sale now on Preservation Maryland’s website, https://www.preservationmaryland.org/. All are welcome and proceeds support the nonprofit organization.