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Restored Courthouse Wins Top NC Architecture Award for Historic Preservation

Post Date:11/18/2014
At the Nov. 17 meeting of the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, the county received a copy of the Tower Award that honored the reconstruction of the Historic Courthouse. This is the top statewide award for historic preservation sponsored by the North Carolina AIA (American Institute of Architects).

The courthouse project architects, Hobbs Architects PA in Pittsboro, presented the award certificate to the commissioners. They submitted the project for award consideration, which required it to meet strict criteria.

“It was a huge honor to work on this project,” said Taylor Hobbs. “This award belongs to the community and to the county for rallying around the courthouse after the fire and supporting efforts to return it to its rightful place as the centerpiece of Chatham County.”
The Tower Award specifically recognizes well-designed projects by AIANC members that exemplify historic preservation and adaptive reuse in renovation, restoration or rehabilitation of a historic structure.

Nominated projects must be one of the following: on the National Register of Historic Place; a contributing building in a National Register historic district; a contributing building in a locally-designated historic district, or a locally designed landmark.

The AIA North Carolina Design Awards program recognizes architects for exceptional design expertise. Each project is carefully chosen bHistoric Courthouse wins AIA Tower Award for 2014y juries composed of some of the nation's most elite architects. Award winners must exceed benchmarks for outstanding architectural design, structural composition, and application of design theory.

PHOTO AT RIGHT: Historic Courthouse Architect Taylor Hobbs (right) presents a framed copy of the Tower Award to Commissioner Chairman Walter Petty. The frame is made from mahogany salvaged from the courthouse after the fire of March 201.

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