October 18 – Plant Riverside District Wins Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation 2021 Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation | Construction and building


October 18, 2021 – Plant Riverside District was recently featured with a 2021 Preservation Award for Rehabilitation Excellence at the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation’s Fall Ramble in Macon, Georgia.

“We are deeply honored to be recognized by the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation for our commitment to preserving the past while planning for the future in the Plant Riverside District,” said Richard C. Kessler, President and CEO of The Kessler Collection. “Throughout the development of Plant Riverside District, it was important to preserve the historic elements of the original 1912 power plant, including iconic chimneys and other original architectural details. We transformed an abandoned power station along the Savannah River into an award-winning destination that has been hailed as Savannah’s entertainment district. “

The District of Plant Riverside has been honored by the Georgia Trust with an Award of Excellence in Rehabilitation, which recognizes projects that make compatible use of a building through repairs, alterations or additions while preserving the characteristics of the property that convey its historical value. The prizes are awarded on the basis of the project’s overall contributions to the community or state and its compliance with the Home Secretary’s standards for handling historic properties.

Each year, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation recognizes outstanding projects completed within the past year as well as individuals of the State of Georgia who have made significant contributions to the field of historic preservation with its annual Preservation Awards. The Georgia Trust Preservation Awards Committee reviews projects in a variety of categories including restoration, rehabilitation, sustainable rehabilitation, preservation, stewardship, and preservation service.

Plant Riverside District has received numerous accolades from global, national and local organizations for historic preservation and urban design. Earlier this year, Plant Riverside District was honored as the recipient of the Congressional Grand Prize for the New Urbanism’s Charter Awards 2021 and won a 2021 Urban Land Institute Global Award of Excellence and a Des Americas 2021. Additionally, the project was recognized as the Americas Lodging Investment Summit (ALIS): Development of the Year 2020 and won a 2021 Preservation Award from the Historic Savannah Foundation.

Founded in 1973, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation is one of the nation’s leading non-profit preservation organizations. The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation supports the preservation, protection and revitalization of the state’s various historic resources.


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