You may have seen the ad on our site for the Sir Walter Raleigh awards. We are very proud to be media sponsors for this event, a grand showcase of positive architectural contributions to Raleigh. Wednesday night the Appearance Commission will present the awards for Community Appearance. These projects are significant new development, rehabilitation and conservation efforts. This is the 27th year of the Sir Walter awards- over 200 projects have been awarded since 1983. The award winners are regarded as projects that are “enhancing the visual character of the City of Raleigh.” The public is invited to see the award presentation at Fletcher Opera Theater in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
It all starts at 8pm tomorrow Wednesday October 7th. See below for a preview of some of the winners, all photographed by David Millsaps.
550 E. Edenton St. A new house in an historic neighborhood, pairing innovative features with traditional forms.
The Ball Residence in west Raleigh. A contemporary re-do of an existing ranch house, providing a model of site-sensitive updating and expansion.
Lulu.com at 3101 Hillsborough St. Conversion of a landmark commercial building into a new corporate headquarters.
Solas at 419 Glenwood Ave. A bold new restaurant/ lounge presence in Glenwood South.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION/ REHABILITATION
Chiles Residence at 4217 Laurel Ridge Dr. Striking redesign of a hillside Modernist home.
Dos Taquitos Express at 106 S. Wilmington St. A major storefront make-over, bringing Wilmington Street’s rejuvenation to the outskirts of Capitol Square.
Fadum House addition and rehabilitation at 3056 Granville Dr. Renewal of a local Modernist masterpiece.
Glenwood Avenue Streetcar/ Bus Stop at Glenwood Ave. at Harvey St. A textbook renovation of a vintage transit structure.
City of Raleigh NeighborWoods Program (citywide). The City’s homegrown street tree program, which has planted 7,500 trees.
Raleigh Convention Center at 500 S. Salisbury St. Downtown Raleigh’s latest landmark
Shaw University Early Childhood Development Center at 317 E. Lenoir St. A state-of-the-art learning facility, born out of an inter-agency partnership.
The Brownleigh Building at 8208 Brownleigh Dr. An upgrade of an existing structure into a model of green office/ institutional design.
Wake Tech Community College Northern Wake Campus at 6600 Louisburg Rd. One of the first all “green” campus complexes in the nation.
Reedy Creek Greenway/ I-440 Pedestrian Bridge Lighting at I-440 Beltline and Wade Ave. Recreating the popular structure as a subtle “painting in light” at the edge of the North Carolina Museum of Art campus.
MAINTAINED OUTSTANDING APPEARANCE
City of Raleigh Cemetery Maintenance Group. The keepers of the three historic grounds in the City’s trust: City Cemetery, Mt. Hope Cemetery, and O’Rourke Cemetery.
John M. Kane. Innovator behind the transformation of the North Hills retail/ residential area.
George Smart, Jr. A champion of the local Modernist architectural movement, raising public awareness through web-based resources, grants, and public tours.