2021 Heritage Preservation Awards

Organizations and individuals who have done exceptional work to conserve Santa Fe’s architectural and cultural history are honored by a consortium of local groups.

The Historic Santa Fe Foundation, the Old Santa Fe Association and the city’s Historic Preservation Division celebrated Preservation Month in May by recognizing stewards of history and culture. They tentatively plan to host an in-person awards event later this year.

The awards are primarily given for remodeling or repurposing an historic building, with a careful eye on preserving the heritage of the structure. Occasionally, recognition is given to efforts which, while not directly construction-related, support preservation in other ways. This year, for example, the Old Santa Fe Association granted its Cultural Preservation Award to Connie Eichstaedt and Alan Osborne of Southwest Seminars, for their seminars providing education on the history and value of Santa Fe’s past.

Scott Cherry’s build-design company, Lightfoot Inc., which specializes in historic renovations, took home two separate honors in 2021: the Architectural Preservation Award and the Cultural Preservation Award, for work on two separate properties.

The Old Santa Fe Association and the Historic Santa Fe Foundation have been engaged in preserving the city’s history for a long time. The Old Santa Fe Association was founded in 1926 by John Gaw Meem and a host of other concerned citizens, to preserve the city’s historical assets. The Historic Santa Fe Foundation was founded in 1961.

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