Nomination Categories and Criteria
- Preservation or Restoration of an existing historic building at least 50 years old.
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 their retention of form, features and character from a particular time period in a property’s history, while permitting the removal of materials from another period and limiting the upgrades to mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.
- Rehabilitation or adaptive reuse of an historic building. Rehabilitation emphasizes the retention and repair of historic materials, however provides for more latitude for replacement 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.
- Historic landscapes.
The study, preservation or restoration of cultural landscape features having particular 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.
- Cultural resources 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.
- Preservationist of the Year.
An individual who has made exceptional efforts and a significant contribution to protecting and preserving irreplaceable historic site/resources in Napa County.
- 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.