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Green Bay area has historic preservation award winners

By Press Times Staff

OSHKOSH – Local people and groups won awards from the Wisconsin Association of Historic Preservation Commissions Friday, April 12, in Oshkosh.

For the Identification and Designation category Award of Excellence, the village of Allouez won “for outstanding accomplishments of creating a Historic District, placing three buildings on the National Register of Historic Places and conducting an Intensive Architectural Survey which has provided a wealth of information for the community,” according to a press release.

Bobbie Friedrichs, Allouez Historic Preservation Commission chair, and Trevor Fuller, Planning and Zoning administrator for the village, accepted the award.

Amy Sorenson, St. Norbert College, also won this award “for your initiative and continued efforts that resulted in the induction of the St. Norbert Campus Historic District onto the National Register of Historic Places. This is all the more remarkable as St. Norbert College is a private institution, your work carried through the transition of two administrations, and the results have received lauds and acclamations from the alumni, staff, administration and the surrounding community,” the press release said.

For the Economic Redevelopment/Revitalization category, the Hotel Northland won an Award of Excellence.

The project “was a pivotable restoration project within the newly created Downtown Historic District. This project was completed by the Greenwood Hospitality Group, which utilized Historic Investment Tax Credits to turn a troubled development into a success story for Green Bay,” the press release said.

John Williams, Hotel Northland general manager, accepted the award.

Lorenzen Holdings, LLC, of Green Bay also won an Award of Excellence for the Restoration/Rehabilitation category.

“Long neglected and deteriorating the rehabilitated building has created a jewel for exciting new businesses. The turnaround is having a ripple effect, not only in the Green Bay neighborhood, but in other communities that have come to study the success. The building has also received the Mayor’s Beautification Award,” the press release said.

In the Advocacy category, Green Bay Alderman and member of the Historic Preservation Commision, Mark Steuer, won an Award of Excellence.

“The hard-working HPC sponsored the creation of the Downtown Historic District, created a Historic Preservation Revolving Loan Fund, sponsored the revision of the Historic Preservation Ordinance making it eligible for Certified Local Government designation. In the process the HPC has been replaced and reformed as a Landmarks Commission serving a city that is regarded as an enlightened proponent of historic preservation,” the press release said.

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