The people and organizations committed to architectural work and community involvement were honored May 19 at the annual Caretakers of a Legacy awards ceremony, held at the German Village Meeting Haus.

The people and organizations committed to architectural work and community involvement were honored May 19 at the annual Caretakers of a Legacy awards ceremony, held at the German Village Meeting Haus.

Three couples and a group of volunteers received praise and a plaque from the German Village Society, which hosted the ceremony. The German Village Commission, the local architectural review board, made the award selections except for the President's Award, which was chosen by the GVS.

"Projects need not be large or even dramatic," said Jay Panzer, chairman of the commission. "As is often the case with historic preservation, some of the best projects are hardly visible at all and they never detract from the integrity of the historic structure.

"As I've often said, the Caretakers of a Legacy awards serve as a testament to how dedicated the residents of German Village are to staying true to our architectural heritage, whether by restoring original elements or building new to complement the old."

Brian and Lisa House won the Preservation Award; Daniel Kline and Marie Logothetis won the Commissioners' Award; Harvey and Michele Handler won the Chairman's Award; and the German Village Society's parks, public spaces and community events committee won the President's Award.

"The Caretakers of a Legacy awards give the German Village Commission the opportunity to formally and publicly recognize those who go above and beyond when it comes to architectural work in the historic district," said Jody Graichen, director of historic preservation programs for the society. "They give inspiration, incentive and recognition and add a new layer to the village's story each year."

The descriptions of the awards, according to literature supplied by the German Village Commission, are as follows:

The Preservation Award

Brian and Lisa House purchased their house, a former bed-and-breakfast at 157 E. Deshler Ave. in 2003. The Queen Anne home was described as having "a steeply pitched and irregular roofline, an asymmetrical body, Palladian windows and classical columns."

The Houses won the Preservation Award because of their improvements to the residence: "What had been an ordinary entrance became a grand transition from public sidewalk to private yard. A retaining wall and adorned iron gate were constructed, stone steps were added to the front porch and aligned with the home's entrance and the front yard was meticulously landscaped. A large patio was built in the rear yard along with a carriage house."

Architect Al Unetic and landscape architect Sue Jacobs Grant worked on the project to develop a concept that did not compromise the structure's historic integrity.

The Commissioners' Award

Daniel Kline and Marie Logothetis won the Commissioners' Award for their work on two Italianate porches in the front of their house at 647 S. Fifth St., which they converted from a double to single-family use.

The couple added "tongue-and-groove ceilings," handrails and balusters to the porches. They also tore up and reinstalled sidewalks on either side of the yard in the "traditional German Village herringbone pattern," restored wrought-iron fences, used an international firm to replicate porch columns based on detailed photographs and dimensions and installed synthetic roof tiles.

Chairman's Award

Harvey and Michele Handler completed an addition to their brick cottage at 703 S. Fifth St. The Handlers won the Chairman's Award because the addition at the rear of the structure added square footage to the cottage without compromising its historic integrity.

The project was designed by Damon Baker and built by Ben Niswander. According to the awards literature, "the floor-to-ceiling windows make it feel light inside and out and while it complements the historic cottage, it does not compete with it for attention."

President's Award

The German Village Society's parks, public spaces and community events committee was honored for its work by the President's Award. The committee's volunteers are involved in many local activities and organizations, including Actors' Theatre of Columbus, Friends of Schiller Park, Friends of Frank Fetch Park and the community garden at Livingston United Methodist Church.

The committee was "credited with beautifying German Village and raising money for projects throughout the neighborhood."

Sara McNealey chairs the committee, which has dozens of volunteers and members who represent various local organizations. According to the awards ceremony program, those members include: Carol Mullinax for Actors' Theatre of Columbus; Bert Stevens for Huntington Gardens; Connie Swain for the community farm at Livingston United Methodist Church; Ann Lilly for Gracie's Garden and the "Umbrella Girl" statue; Lindy Michael for the Schiller Park Arboretum Fund; Katharine Moore for the Friends of Schiller Park; Jerry Glick for the Friends of Frank Fetch Park, the German Village Garten Club, the Golden Hobby Shop; Ron Brush for the Schiller Park Recreation Center; Sarah Irvin Clark for the German Village Society's board of trustees; David Gaumer for the Third Street flower boxes, Schiller Park and the Garten Club; and Craig Seeds and Terri Leist for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.