Nominations sought for local historic preservation Clay County residents are invited to nominate property owners who have made efforts to preserve and restore their historic properties for Clay County Commission Preservation Awards. Begun in the year 2001, the preservation award program is cosponsored by the Clay County Commission and the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission. The program's aim is to recognize and encourage outstanding preservation efforts by commercial and private property owners in Clay County.
Work that is eligible for awards includes preservation, restoration, sensitive additions to older properties, and adaptive reuse of older structures. The commission is especially interested in nominations of preservation efforts that are appropriate to the style of the structure; accurate to the date of construction; show quality workmanship and sensitivity to the surrounding area. Nominations for rural residential, urban residential, commercial, agricultural, and other types of buildings are among the categories for which awards will be presented. All Clay County residents are encouraged to participate in the nomination of historical structures for these categories.
Awards for 2001 were presented to Melton and Margaret Boline for the Boline Barn, Garfield Township; Jim and Michelle Laughlin for the Laughlin's House, Yale Street, Vermillion; Burbank School, Burbank; Banasiak-Strandell Garage, Forest Avenue, Vermillion.
Nomination forms for this year's awards may be obtained from the Clay County Historic Preservation Commission, c/o Austin-Whittemore House, 15 Austin Street, Vermillion, SD 57069.
No expertise is required to complete the form, which should take no more than a few minutes to complete. All nominations will be considered. The deadline for nominations is April 26. Final awards will be made by the Clay County Commission during Historic Preservation Week in May.