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2020 Historic Preservation Awards Recipients Announced

May 26, 2020

The 2020 Historic Preservation Award Ceremony for the City of Bristol, Virginia, will not be held in person due to COVID-19. However, award recipients are being honored through media. The Historic Preservation Award recognizes and honors property owners and developers who engage in preservation on property within the city’s five historic districts: Euclid Avenue, Solar Hill, Virginia Hill, Bristol Downtown Commercial, and Bristol Warehouse Historic Districts. Properties within Bristol, Virginia, city limits, but outside historic districts are eligible for the new Citywide Historic Preservation Award.

Because of current COVID-19 budget restrictions, the committee is grateful to community members who helped fund this year’s award plaques. Congratulations to the award recipients!

The Sharrett home at 718 Park Street was built in 1924. Current owners purchased the property six years ago with the intent to revive the home’s beauty after years of neglect. The home remained vacant for over a year and was in poor condition both on the interior and exterior. The front porch, front steps, and guttering were repaired and painted. Interior rooms were renovated, and missing light fixtures and door knobs were added. New landscaping was completed in the front and side yards, including high-end landscape lighting. The Sharrett family brought new life back to this beautiful historic home.

The Staples and Rizzo home at 224 Johnson Street was built 1891-1893 by artist and musician Charlotte Winston West, who supervised every detail of construction. The home was divided into apartments in 1950. When the current owners acquired the Victorian Stick style home, it had stood vacant approximately fifteen years. A leaking roof caused immense interior damage requiring major renovation. Exterior rotten wood, columns, porch balusters, rails, and the roof were replaced. Architectural features were modeled and replaced. The home’s extraordinary interior details include beautifully tiled fireplaces. Staples and Rizzo state “We are just the current caretakers of our historic Victorian Lady; her continuing story is still being written.”

The Ward home at 510 Russell Street was built in 1906 and purchased by the current owner in 2004, after standing vacant and neglected. The interior woodwork, mantels, and Tiger oak floors are exceptional amenities. The homeowner worked ten years on interior renovations before starting exterior renovations. The tile tin roof, back door, deck, and siding were replaced. The front porch was kept to its original design, and the ceiling and floor were replaced. New front porch rails were designed, machined, and installed. The homeowner worked tirelessly by hand for sixteen years with some assistance from family and friends.

The Benjamin Walls Gallery and WALLS Luxury Lofts building at 701 State Street was constructed in 1901. Restoration began in 2008, preserving history while bringing the building to modern code. The retrofitted façade was removed, original façade and wood transom windows restored, and the entire first floor removed. Historic Oak Trim, over 1800 board feet, was restored and original walls were incorporated. Sixty historic hinges and countless hardware pieces were restored. Front doors feature famous Bommer spring hinges patented in 1895. Seven original transom doors were located and reused. After years of tireless work and attention to detail, the project was completed in 2010.

The Stout home, referred to as “Sapling Grove, at 2273 Kingmill Pike, was built around 1823. Current owners acquired the home in 1982. Believed to be the oldest still occupied home in Bristol, Virginia, it was built as a two-story, three room I-plan in apparent Greek Revival style. Another two-story I-plan was then added shortly after to transform to an L-plan. Exterior walls are three bricks thick. The front porch is full height with a balcony on the second story. The rear porch and roof were altered in the 1920’s. The current owners have preserved the property close to its original condition for 38 years.

The Bristol Train Station at 101 Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard was built 1902-1903. It is a one to twostory brick building with a tower section, a seven-bay one-story midsection, and a six-bay two-story east end. In 1999, the Bristol Train Station Foundation began a ten-year renovation project to preserve the building and bring it into the 21st Century. The project included new roofing and guttering, parking lot paving and curbing, plumbing, HVAC systems, a catering kitchen, restrooms, interior and exterior lighting, and landscaping. The lower level Rock Room was also renovated. The Bristol Train Station is a centerpiece of downtown revitalization.

For additional information visit www.bristolva.org. Contact Catherine Brillhart, Chair: 276-591-6952.

  • Euclid Avenue Historic District – (Amy Hopper, Bristol Historical Association)
    Euclid Avenue Historic District – (Amy Hopper, Bristol Historical Association)
  • Solar Hill Historic District (Studio Bristol)
    Solar Hill Historic District (Studio Bristol)
  • Virginia Hill Historic District (Amy Hopper, Bristol Historical Association)
    Virginia Hill Historic District (Amy Hopper, Bristol Historical Association)
  • Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District (Benjamin Walls)
    Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District (Benjamin Walls)
  • Stewardship Award (Stout Family, Property Owner)
    Stewardship Award (Stout Family, Property Owner)
  • Citywide Award (Amy Hopper, Bristol Historical Association)
    Citywide Award (Amy Hopper, Bristol Historical Association)