USA Historic Preservation Tour – Third Award Presentation

USA Historic Preservation Tour – Third Award Presentation

Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award
Historic Preservation Recipient Zell Millard I was joined by the Mayor of Woodbine, Bill Hutcheson, and 30 local well-wishers for the presentation which was co-hosted by Woodbine Main Street. The award recipient, Zell Millard has held the moniker of “Mr. Woodbine,” for more than 60 years. Some years back, when an old country school house was slated to be razed, Zell went to work, found a new home for it, and organized the moving event. The Merry Brook School & Genealogical Center now anchors the south edge of a collection of buildings representative of Woodbine’s small town history: the Woodbine Depot, a 1928 canopy gas station, an outdoor amphitheater, an interpretive gazebo featuring Lincoln Highway history and one of the few remaining CNW Cabooses…all residing in the newly named Zell…
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USA Historic Preservation Tour and a Chicago Bungalow

USA Historic Preservation Tour and a Chicago Bungalow

Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award
Second Historic Preservation Award Presentation in Chicago We left Lansing Michigan at 5.30 am and headed for Chicago for me to give my second Historic Preservation Award at 10 am.  After being in Lansing for a few weeks, Chicago city seemed enormous!  The morning sun gleamed on the downtown highrises as we made our way through rush hour traffic toward the historic neighborhood of Lincoln Square. [caption id="attachment_3133" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Early morning Chicago[/caption] The architecture in Chicago is quite unique. LOTS and LOTS of brick!  One of the most iconic residential homes in Chicago is the bungalow. Neighborhoods of detached, low-rise, single-family homes were built between 1910 and 1940 and the bungalow is the most common type of building in Chicago. Here's a classic example. [caption id="attachment_3134" align="aligncenter" width="450"] A…
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New Awardees and Events

Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award
April 23, 2013 Julie Liska Lincoln Square Community, Chicago, Illinois Julie Liska is an architect, preservationist and owner of a classic historic Chicago Bungalow and with the help of her husband Steve, she lovingly restored her bungalow in the Lincoln Square community. For many years she has worked with the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association to promote bungalow preservation through educational seminars and events in bungalow communities throughout the city, thereby sharing her knowledge of historic materials, energy efficiency and quality design practices. April 25, 2013 Zell Millard Woodbine, Iowa Zell Millard is a champion of historic preservation; saving country schools from demolition, selling record numbers of Iowa Sesquicentennial license plates and holding his own community development focus groups. Holding the moniker of “Mr. Woodbine,” for more than 60 years, he’s…
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My First Historic Preservation Award Presentation

My First Historic Preservation Award Presentation

Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award
And the Award Goes to Dave Muylle of Lansing, Michigan! Chilly weather conditions and even snow, could not dampen the enthusiasm regarding historic preservation from the Lansing community on this day!  Around 80 people attended, enjoying the presentation, refreshments and then touring through Dave's restored homes at 139 and 141 Leslie Street to see for themselves Dave's fine craftsmanship.  Many stayed at length to chat and enjoy the comradery of fellow supporters of old home restoration. My award to Dave was a framed and plaqued painting of 139 and 141 Leslie Street, two of the Craftsman homes Dave has completed within the last year. Here it is! I would like to thank Lansing Council President, Carol Wood and 1st Ward Councilmember, Jody Washington who joined me in honoring Dave as…
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Announcing the First Recipient of my Historic Preservation Award!

Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award
Lansing craftsman brings old homes back to life! I believe that beautiful old buildings, with true craftsmanship should be preserved and maintained so that they can continue to serve an example of what QUALITY architectural design and construction is all about.  In my opinion, such homes and buildings are art forms -- that's what inspires me to paint them. The award is my way of recognizing individuals who have been instrumental in preserving the historic buildings of their area.  Naturally the award I present is a framed pen and watercolor painting of the awardees latest historic project. The first recipient of my Historic Preservation Award therefore will go to Dave Muylle, a person who epitomizes true craftsmanship and quality restoration. Being that I am in Lansing currently with it being the…
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My New Historic Preservation Award

My New Historic Preservation Award

Leisa Collins Historic Preservation Award
I have traveled around the country and had the joy of painting many remarkably preserved historic homes in many diverse locations and in many styles. In speaking with the owners, I have always been moved by their care and thoughtfulness in meticulously restoring and upholding the timelessness of their grand works of art. I have seen that it is the individual, the homeowner, the community leader who is the main cheerleader and caretaker for saving and preserving beautiful historic homes and buildings. And, in the main, I have found that most do not undertake such care just for themselves and their families who live in them but have a larger eye towards keeping whole the historic fabric and beauty of their communities. I have decided because of this that such…
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