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Honoring the best in historic preservation Louisiana Landmarks’ annual awards highlight 17 outstanding projects BY Hillary S. Irvin, Sally Reeves, Michael Duplantier and Sandra Stokes EVERY YEAR, the Louisiana Landmarks Society highlights the best historic restoration, renovation and new design projects around New Orleans, and this year is no different. The 17 winners of the society’s 2020 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation include an incred- ible array of residential, commercial and institutional building projects.   What has changed this year, though, is the way the organization will celebrate these awards. With the COVID 19 pandemic making in-person ceremonies not possible, the Louisiana Landmarks Society shifted to a virtual format, creating three videos and a self-guided driving tour showcasing the winners. Made possible with the support of GBX Group, the videos are available at   “We encourage those interested in the preservation of New Orleans’ architectural heritage to drive the city and see firsthand the positive impact these award-winning buildings are making in neighborhoods across the city,” Louisiana Landmarks Society President Sally Reeves said in a news release.   The Preservation Resource Center congratulates the winners of the 2020 Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation.   The following project descriptions were written by the Louisiana Landmarks Society. Residential Renovation and Rehabilitation PHOTO VIA GOOGLE STREETVIEW 1521 S. Carrollton Ave. Keith and Supreeya Scarmuzza; Daniel Samuels; Ashton Avegno One of four Thomas Sully-designed houses in the 1500 block of Carrollton, this 1905 residence was rescued from a fate of divided apartments, loss of historic fabric, inap- propriate additions and general lack of maintenance. The project began with demoli- tion down to the studs, replacement of a 1970s rear addition and installation of all new systems. In the course of the renovation, the owners were careful to save and restore all original hardware, doors, flooring, mantel tiles, trim and windows. Sully’s original blueprints for the house, discovered at Tulane’s Southeastern Architectural Archive, were the guidelines for the renovation. Davis/Stewart Residence 1808-10 Dauphine St. Richard Davis and Clifton Stewart; Charles A. Berg; JAT Construction Located on a picturesque quadrilateral lot formed by converging streets, this classic ex- ample of a circa-1835 double Creole cottage has regained its prominence in the rich streetscape of the Creole Faubourg Marigny. The renovation rescued this dilapidated cottage and brought back its original use as a double, with two owner-occupied units. An oversized roof projection, added during the early 1900s, has been removed with the original dormers refurbished and relocated properly, thereby restoring the façade roof- line. And, as lagniappe, the circa-1930 brick gas station now serves as a cozy guest suite. 1450 Moss Street Historic Restoration New Orleans, LA 70119 Custom Residential Design (504) 482-0925 504.482.0925 1450 Moss Street New Orleans, LA 70119 26  (504) 975-8270 IN PRINT • PRESERVATION SEPTEMBER 2020