Historic Preservation Awards

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Mesa Historic Preservation Board





The Mesa Historic Preservation Board invites your nominations for the Annual Preservation Awards for Outstanding Achievement. A Mesa tradition since 1998, awards are given to individuals, businesses, organizations and/or projects in recognition of outstanding achievements in preserving Mesa’s cultural and historic resources.


If you wish to nominate a project, please take time to prepare an application. The deadline for submittal of completed applications is 5:00 PM, Friday, March 27, 2020 to Arianna Urban, Mesa Historic Preservation Coordinator, at

Nomination Information           Nomination Form       


Nominations will be judged on impact on the community; quality and difficulty of the nominee’s project or efforts; and the degree to which the project or activity is innovative, pioneering or serves as an example to the community.

Successful nominations for building projects should focus on how the work preserved the building’s historic character and historic fabric and must meet the appropriate Secretary of the Interior Standards. Nominations should not focus on non-historic interior design nor on features such as new bathrooms, closets or mechanical systems, although the challenges of incorporating such features into a historic structure may be addressed.

  • In the case of building projects, the award recipient(s) will be the property owner(s) who carried out the project.
  • All submitted projects must be complete by the nomination form deadline. Current and ongoing projects will be eligible for future Historic Preservation Awards.
  • The awards will be presented at a televised City Council Meeting to be announced.
  • Submission of a nomination serves as a release that City of Mesa may publish information about and images of your project with credit to the award recipient and photographer.
  • The Historic Preservation Board reserves the right to consider an application under a category

    other than the category specified in the nomination.

  • Award selection will be made by a panel of jurors comprised of the Historic Preservation Board, preservation and design professionals, and community leaders. All jury decisions are final.



2019 Historic Preservation Award Recipients

Mesa City Council recognized the 2019 recipients of

Historic Preservation Awards at its Oct. 21 meeting:

  • City of Mesa - Rehabilitation and Restoration for the assistance in preserving the City of Mesa’s neon signs
  • Michelle Donovan - Rehabilitation and Restoration for the building façade at The Nile Theater and The Nile Coffee Shop
  • Kathy Adams - Stewardship for the building façade at the Nile Theater
  • Bruce Nelson - Local Preservationist for the Research and Production of the documentary “Nile Theater: An Oasis in the Desert”
  • Sandra Gracia Apsey - Education and Outreach for the preservation of the Washington Park/Escobedo Community

The City’s Historic Preservation Board selected the recipients from a group of nominations received during the spring. 

Since 1998, the City has recognized more than 50 citizens and preservation projects for their contributions to historic preservation in Mesa.

2019 Nomination Categories

Please see the Nomination Form for a full explanation of the categories.


The award recognizes those outstanding individuals, professional, student and avocational, and organizations who have assisted with preservation and research efforts for contributions to archaeology in Mesa.


This category honors the preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration of historic and recent past properties; sympathetic additions which enhance the historic fabric, and sustainability projects and initiatives which respect properties’ historic character.


This category recognizes projects that convert the use of a historic resource from the use for which it was originally designed to a new use, including any rehabilitation needed to accommodate the new use.


This category recognizes non-construction projects that contribute to the greater public understanding of Mesa’s history and historic resources.


The restoration or preservation of a Mesa historic landscape, the educational opportunities and access to the historic landscape or the preservation of a landscape of cultural significance, or the completion of a new design that enhances the historic fabric of the community.


Reserved for an outstanding individual who, through personal effort and/or involvement in historic preservation projects, has made a significant contribution to the preservation of Mesa’s heritage.


This award recognizes an individual, organization or owner(s) of historic property who demonstrate a high degree of commitment to the preservation of the structure(s) and historic resources in Mesa.

INDIVIDUAL LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT (20 or more years of exemplary service):

A lifetime achievement award for individuals that have made important and sustained contributions to the understanding and promotion of historic preservation.


Previous Award Winners

456 N Robson
2018 Preservation Achievement Award for Rehabilitation & Restoration
456 N. Robson

2017 Venue Projects Preservation Achievement Award for Rehabilitation & Restoration
43 S Macdonald
120 N Hibbert

2017 Paul Chaisson Preservation Achievement Award for Rehabilitation & Restoration
120 N Hibbert

 126 N Hibbert

2017 Paul Chaisson Preservation Achievement Award for Rehabilitation & Restoration
126 N Hibbert


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