A Special Citation provides recognition for projects that do not fit into other categories or recognizes outstanding individual or group accomplishments in the field of historic preservation.
Maplewood Neighborhood Association
19th Ward Community Association
South Wedge Planning Committee
Rochester, New York
The Awards Committee recognizes these three outstanding organizations for their innovative urban revitalization strategies over many decades of work in their neighborhoods. With its historic architecture and magnificent Frederick Law Olmsted-designed parks, the Maplewood area has benefited greatly from the work of its neighborhood association, which celebrates the strengths and creativity of the residents, encourages home ownership and maintains the character of the neighborhood. The designation and expansion of the National Register-listed Maplewood Historic District has proven a very successful strategy to encourage the rehabilitation of the historic houses located there. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the 19th Ward Community Association strives to preserve the residential character of its neighborhood by fostering a multi-racial community where people share a sense of pride and culture, as well as history. Recently, the Association sponsored the designation of four new National Register Historic Districts to further encourage the rehabilitation of its historic homes. The South Wedge Planning Committee is a partnership of neighbors and entrepreneurs working together to preserve the city’s South Wedge Urban Village. SWPC began in 1975 as an outreach program of Calvary St. Andrews Church, with strong support from Rev. Judy Lee Hay. It has grown to include many diverse volunteers, whose leadership has resulted in the designation of a large National Register Historic District, to promote the renovation of the historic buildings in the neighborhood.