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Awards recognize city's best in architecture

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Renovations by architect Craig W. Murdick have earned recognition from the Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce for the Gentile home at 1894 Bluff Ave.
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The Grandview Area Chamber of Commerce has presented its 2012 Architectural Design Awards to five recipients.

The awards program was created "to recognize good architectural design that contributes to the community and promotes the whole area," said Dave Pritchard, who heads the chamber's economic development committee and coordinated this year's awards program.

The architects who created the designs as well as the owners of the buildings are recognized in the awards program, he said.

Awards were given in five categories:

* Residential renovation and addition -- design, Craig W. Murdick Architect Ltd.; owner, Gentile family, 1894 Bluff Ave.

* New commercial development -- design, Bass Studio Architects; owner, Adcon Shopping Center, Northwest Boulevard at King Avenue.

* Commercial interior -- design, WSA Studios; owner, Portfolio Creative, 777 Goodale Blvd.

* Mixed-use development -- design, Wagenbrenner Co. and Architectural Alliance; owner, Wagenbrenner Co. The Windsor Project, 1400 Grandview Ave.

* Hall of Fame award -- Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.

Projects completed since the last awards were given in 2009 were eligible for the first four awards, Pritchard said.

The Hall of Fame award recognizes existing structures built or improved over the last 10 years that remain in use today, he said.

A panel of four architects and one landscape architect served as judges for the competition, Pritchard said.

The chamber received 13 nominations for this year's awards, he said.

"The awards are designed to celebrate creative planning and designs that enhance the building environment in Grandview," said David Brehm, an architect and sustainability consultant who served as chief judge for the awards competition.

The Grandview area is fortunate to have a number of outstanding architectural firms and a tradition of building high-quality residences and commercial buildings, he said.

The awards originally were planned to be presented every two years, but the poor economy led to a one-year delay, Pritchard said.

"Our intention is to do the awards program again in 2014," he said.

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