Giving some old buildings new life as chic urban business locations earned awards for several Lexington entrepreneurs Sunday night at the Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation's annual Preservation Awards presentation.
The trust's Clyde Carpenter Adaptive Re-Use Award went to four winners this year: Dudley's on Short, a restaurant in the historic building at 267 West Short Street; Shorty's, The Urban Market, in a former bank building on West Short Street; Table Three Ten, a restaurant and bar in a onetime law office on West Short Street; and Wine + Market, which operates in an old brick building at West Second and Jefferson streets.
The Carpenter award honors creative ways of preserving and renovating old buildings for new, more modern uses.
The Blue Grass Trust gave its 2011 Community Preservation Award to the University of Kentucky College of Design's Historic Preservation Graduate Organization, which staged a symposium on adaptive re-use this spring.
There were two winners of the trust's Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Award.
The award went to Herald-Leader columnist Tom Eblen for his ongoing coverage of historic preservation in the newspaper and on his blog, The Bluegrass and Beyond, at Kentucky.com; and to Sally Van Winkle Campbell for her book Saving Kentucky: Greening the Bluegrass, which profiles Kentuckians committed to preserving the land.
Two other Blue Grass Trust awards had multiple winners.
The Preservation Craftsman Award went to Annis & Dryer Construction and Bill Faulconer in recognition of their commitment to quality craftsmanship for preserving historic buildings.
The Betty Hoopes Volunteer Service Award went to Amelia Adams Martin and Kirstin Keiser. It annually goes to a volunteer or volunteers from the trust's Antique and Garden Show committee.
The Barbara Hulette Award was given to Pete Laughlin for his efforts to preserve Central Kentucky history and heritage.
Maddie Lyerly received the Lucy Shropshire Crump Volunteer Award, which goes each year to someone who has provided exemplary service to the trust.
The Lucy Graves Advocacy Award went to John Jay Buchtel for his advocacy in support of historic preservation in the area.
The John Wesley Hunt Award for individual lifetime service to preservation in Central Kentucky was presented to real estate agent Jim McKeighen.