Raleigh, N.C. — Community appearance was the focus of an awards ceremony Tuesday night at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh in which 14 recipients were honored for their contributions to the city's appearance, environment and livability.
Since 1983, the Raleigh City Council has presented the Sir Walter Raleigh Award to more than 200 developers, designers, community groups, civic clubs, churches and residents.
This year's awards were for projects in a dozen categories that ranged from multi-million dollar projects to modest site renovations, from historic homes to modern libraries and from multi-firm teams to a woman dedicated to improving the Capital City’s appearance.
The 2013 recipients were:
- Murphey School landscape renovations, 443 N. Person St. (residential)
- Capitol Broadcasting Corporate Headquarters (parent company of WRAL-TV), renovation and addition, 2619 Western Blvd. (commercial)
- First Presbyterian Church, 112 S. Salisbury St. (historic preservation/ rehabilitation)
- A.J. Fletcher Foundation Headquarters, 907-909 Glenwood Ave. (historic preservation/ rehabilitation)
- Raleigh City Farm, 800 N. Blount St. (community)
- The Salvation Army of Wake County’s Judy D. Zelnak Center of Hope, 1863 Capital Blvd. (community) (community)
- James B. Hunt Jr. Library, 1070 Partners Way (institutional)
- Wilders Grove Solid Waste Services Facility, 630 Beacon Lake Drive (industrial)
- AIA N.C. Center for Architecture and Design., 14 E. Peace St. (sustainable design)
- Heat Mitigation Garden at North Carolina State University, 120 Broughton Drive (site enhancement)
- Neuse River Trail, U.S. Highway 401 to Skycrest Drive section (tree and landscape conservation)
- Trees Across Raleigh’s Junior Tree Steward Program, tree plantings citywide (volunteer initiative)
- Partnership Elementary School, play area renovation, 601 Deveraux St. (parks and open space)
- Betty Adams, 1931-2013, recognized for improving her neighborhood and the arts community in Raleigh (individual)