The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, AIA Minneapolis, and Preserve Minneapolis, annually partner on this awards program to honor exemplary projects, individuals, and community organizations that celebrate and enhance the heritage and historic character of Minneapolis.

These awards highlight the year’s best achievements for transforming a historic property, building, or landscape and reinventing it to incorporate both new and old elements in a way that that is respectful to the past. Projects are judged on attention to the quality of design, architecture, workmanship, and materials as well as the positive impact on the surrounding neighborhood and community.

2015 Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission Award winners:

Download  the 2015 press release.

Historic Restoration, Rehabilitation, or Adaptive Reuse Project

ASI Photo 11ASI Turnblad Mansion Kitchen Restoration
Team Members:

Peggy Korsmo-Kennon, ASI
Laura Faucher
David Forsberg, WATSON-FORSBERG, CO.
Brandon Hager, Pinnacle Wall Systems
Joe Becker, Twin City Tile & Marble Co.
Steve Schmid, Floors by Steve
Roger Pegg, Pegg-Whitney Woodworks
Dave Gunderson, Fresh Air Finishers
Marque Jensen, Minne-Mex Construction
Tom Prasky, Egan Mechanical
Mark Hawkins, Premier Electrical Corporation


Cuningham_Heritage_NoB4Bennett-McBride House

Team Members:

John Cuningham, FAIA, Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.
Fournier and Kris Thompson, Stafford Home Service
Paul Hovd, Hovd Heating & Plumbing
Original Builders–T.P. Healy, Styba Builders, Inc.
Peter Holly
Patrick Plautz, Minnesota Valley Cabinets
Scott Bodine, Bodine Painting Company
Chuck Cox, 2nd Nature Lawn & Landscaping


04-after_rearfacadeGrain Belt Office Building Rehabilitation

Team Members:

David Dye, Everwood Company
Kevin Carroll, CPED, City of Minneapolis
Chad Weis, Eagle Building
Enrico Williams, Kaas Wilson Architects
Elizabeth Gales, Hess, Roise and Company
Patrick Sarver, Civil Site Group


P1110103Sandbo Roof Replacement

Team Members:

John Sandbo and Jean Thoreson, Homeowners
Scott Mohs, Mike Mohs Construction
John Mohs, Mike Mohs Construction



08-after_D8E1521Valspar Headquarters/VAST Rehabilitation

Team Members:

Jackie Barrett, Valspar Inc.
Brad Harvey, Anderson Construction Company
Roger Christensen, AIA, Christensen & McIlwain Architects P.A.
Tina A. Wyffels, BKBM Engineers
Stan McCoy, Michaud Cooley Erickson
Mike Hart, American Masonry Restoration
Charlene Roise, Hess, Roise and Company


New Addition to an Historic Building

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Team Members:

Lois Mueller, RS Eden
Terri Cermak, AIA, Cermak Rhoades Architects
Barry Vulcan, Frerichs Construction Company
Barb Broen, Broen Housing Consulting

Grassroots: Advocacy & Education

legendaryhomes-pg5Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes

Team Members:

Bette Hammel, Writer, Co-producer, Fundraiser
Karen Melvin, Photographer, Co-producer, Art-Director
Pam McClanahan, Publihser, MHS Press



The Steve Murray Award

DSCN1143 (2)Barbara Bezat

Barbara Bezat worked at the Northwest Architectural Archives at the University of Minnesota for 24 years, retiring at the end of 2014. During her tenure she assisted innumerable researchers, scholars, instructors, students, architects, engineers, and property owners in tapping the amazing resources of the archive. She promoted and cultivated growth of the collections by engaging the preservation community, and shepherded the digitization of the collections. In recent years, her identity became virtually inseparable from the archives she oversaw, and for the many preservation professionals who had come to rely on her knowledge and professionalism, she will be sorely missed. Honoring her with the Steve Murray award would be a fitting tribute to her decades of service to the archive, and a recognition of the positive impacts her work has had – and will continue to have – on preservation projects across the region.

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About the Partners

AIA Minneapolis

AIA Minneapolis is the largest of three AIA Minnesota chapters with more than 1,600 members. Centered in Minneapolis, the chapter territory includes the southwestern portion of the state. As a large chapter, AIA Minneapolis participates with other large chapters nationwide to focus attention on significant issues facing members. The chapter provides leadership, networking, and outreach opportunities for its members. Reference our website at

Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission

The Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) was formed in 1972 to serve as a citizen advisory body to the Minneapolis City Council. The HPC is part of a nation-wide network of groups dedicated to the preservation and celebration of our local and national heritage. The Commission holds public hearings on matters related to preservation twice each month. Projects that come before the commission are administered through professional preservation-planning staff in the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED). These meetings are specifically held so that the Commission can hear from the public on matters related to heritage preservation. The public is welcome to attend and highly encouraged to participate.

Preserve Minneapolis

Preserve Minneapolis is a newly registered non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Minneapolis by recognizing, preserving, and revitalizing the architectural and related cultural resources of the city of Minneapolis. Founded in 2003, the group was originally brought together to attract the 2007 National Trust for Historic Preservation conference to the Twin Cities. Preserve Minneapolis hosts monthly discussions and tours highlighting preservation activities in Minneapolis.

City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development

The City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED) provides preservation related services within Minneapolis local government. These services include professional review for preservation permit applications, ongoing efforts to evaluate the historical significance of buildings and districts, recommendations for designation of local landmarks; prepares and administers design guidelines; conducts on-going research of eligible sites and districts; provides public education and community outreach programs; collaborates on the integration of historic preservation with City planning and development activities.