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Mercer County preservation project wins prestigious National Award
MEDIA CONTACT: Julie Willmot
TRENTON, N.J. - Mercer County has again been recognized as a true champion of historic preservation. County Executive Brian M. Hughes announced today that The National Trust for Historic Preservation has selected the Louis I. Kahn Bath House and Day Camp to receive the prestigious 2011 National Preservation Honor Awards. The award is for the preservation and restoration of the Bath House and Day Camp and the advocacy efforts associated with the project. The award is being collected tonight, Oct. 20, 2011 by Donna Lewis, Mercer County Planning Director; and Architect Michael Mills at an award ceremony at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo New York.
“Mercer County is rich with historic treasures. Historic preservation and hands-on history opportunities have always been important to me,” Hughes said. “Through collaboration and a genuine appreciation of this unique site, we were able to preserve and restore the work of one of the most famous architects in the world, and I am extremely proud of this recognition,” Hughes said.
Hughes has become one of New Jersey’s most staunch advocates for historic preservation. He recently led the effort to preserve, along with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, the Petty’s Run Archeological Dig Site in Trenton.
This is the second major award this year for the Kahn Bath House project. In May at a statewide historic preservation awards event, the restoration of The Louis Kahn Bath House and Day Camp Pavilion in Ewing received honors given by The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Historic Preservation Office and NJ Historic Sites Council. The theme was “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” The Bath House project award recognized the efforts of Mercer County and all entities involved in preserving this valuable resource.
Other honors for the project include:
AIA New Jersey – Merit Award Historic Preservation – award announced June 2011.
MUSE Award American Association of Museums – 2010 MUSE Award, Honorable Mention in the Online Presence category – presented in May 2010 at the MUSE Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles, CA.