Nominations accepted for historic preservation awards

PORT TOWNSEND — Nominations for the Jefferson County Historical Society’s annual Historic Preservation Awards are due Feb. 29.

The awards honor individuals and organizations that restore original structures or preserve traditions that form the historic fabric of Jefferson County.

Two types of awards are presented.

The Mary P. Johnson Award is given to historic structure projects that meet the secretary of Interior’s standards for restoration.

Certificates of appreciation are given for a variety of preservation and restoration projects and are not limited to physical structures.

Any project can be worthy of an award, and anyone can nominate a project for consideration.

All nominations will be reviewed by the Historic Preservation Awards Committee.

In the past, awards have gone to such major projects as restoring Port Townsend’s City Hall and the Jefferson County Courthouse clock tower, but, said Executive Director Bill Tennent, restoration of more modest buildings is equally important.

Non-structure awards have been presented to authors of local histories, museum exhibits, cemetery stewards, oral history projects and people who have contributed to the preservation of Jefferson County history.

In 2016, awards were presented to Todd and Kathleen Knoblock for restoration of the 1879 John E. Fuge House, Michael and Cora Loriz for restoration of the 1888 Star of the Sea Rectory, and David and Elizabeth Holland for restoration of the 1900 Dr. Jacob C. House House, all in Port Townsend.

Finnriver Orchard in Chimacum received an award for the restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use of the Bishop-Brown farm.

Nomination forms can be found online at or picked up at the historical society headquarters in historic City Hall, 540 Water St.

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