German Village Gazette

Caretakers of Legacy awards ceremony set for May 14

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The Caretakers of a Legacy awards program, which honors those who make significant architectural and personal contributions to German Village, will be held May 14 at the Meeting Haus.

The ceremony celebrates those dedicated to retaining the character and distinction of the past while creating a thriving and contemporary community in German Village, officials said.

"Each year, German Village recognizes recently completed outstanding architectural projects with Caretakers of a Legacy awards," said Jay Panzer, chairman of the German Village Commission.

"The German Village Society designates one awardee and invites members of the German Village Commission to select the others.

Although the criteria of the awards vary somewhat, all are presented to those who have gone the extra mile to make the environment of German Village so very special."

The evening will start at 6:30 p.m. with wine and light appetizers, followed by the 7 p.m. award presentations. Winners won't be announced until the evening's program.

The Caretakers of a Legacy awards program was established to honor people, projects, and organizations that contribute to the preservation and enhancement of the historic fabric of German Village.

In celebration of Preservation Month, the German Village Commission honors three projects:

* The Preservation Award -- awarded to a property owner in recognition of an outstanding example of restoration, preservation or maintenance of a property or architectural element in German Village.

* The Commissioners Award -- awarded to a property owner in recognition of a recently completed project that contributes to the architectural, historic, and aesthetic character of German Village and that shows sensitivity to the streetscape and surrounding properties.

* The Chairman's Award -- awarded to a property owner, an individual, an organization or a business entity in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the historic, architectural or aesthetic character of German Village and to the community's quality of life.

Meanwhile, the GVS conveys the President's Award, which is given to a property owner, an individual, an organization, or a business entity by the society in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the historic, architectural or aesthetic character of German Village and to the community's way of life.

"Our President's Award-winner for 2014 is someone who is an absolute pillar of preservation in the German Village community," said Shiloh Todorov, executive director of the German Village Society.

"Everyone in The Village will know the person's name and contribution and will want to join us to celebrate a lifetime of service."

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