2023 Award of Merit Application

2023 Award of Merit Application

NCL Staff

Napa County Landmarks (NCL) Award of Merit program has 6 categories and criteria to encourage local preservation of historic places, landscapes, sites, and districts in Napa County. We are seeking the public’s recommendations.

Category #1 is for Preservation or Restoration of an existing historic building at least 50 years old. Its description is: preservation places a high standard on the retention of existing form, integrity, and materials of an historic property through protection, conservation, maintenance and repair. The project should reflect the building’s continuum over time, through successive occupancies and the respectful changes that have been made. Restoration focuses on the retention of form, features and character from another period and limiting the upgrades to mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems.

Category #2 is for Rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of an historic building. Its description is: rehabilitation emphasizes the retention and repair of an historic materials, however, provides for more latitude for replacements as it is assumed the property is more deteriorated prior to work. This category also allows for changes necessary to allow the historic structure to be put to a new use.

Category #3 is for Historic landscapes. The study, preservation or restoration of cultural landscape features having historical significance, whether through its integral contribution to the context of a qualified property or district, or in its own right. Such features can include roads and streets, lights and benches, vegetation, gardens, and yards, open spaces such as fields, parks, commons, or woodlands.

Category #4 is for Cultural studies, leadership, stewardship, legislation, reports, publications, programs, and computer software. Creative, innovative, and precedent-setting approaches to technological and preservation planning issues, non-profit or government programs, educational awareness, or advancement.

Category #5 is for Preservationist of the Year. Its description is: An individual who has made exceptional efforts and a significant contribution to protecting and preserving irreplaceable historic sites/resources in Napa County.

Category #6 is for Special recognition. This could be granted for a person/program not falling under a category defined above, that could be considered exemplary for other reasons.