Book Prize



In order for a book to be eligible for the 2013 Historic Preservation Book Prize, it must be first available in the United States between January 1, and December 31, 2013. Letters of nomination and six (6) copies of the nominated book must be postmarked by January 6, 2014, and sent to:

Andrea Livi Smith, Director
Center for Historic Preservation
University of Mary Washington
1301 College Avenue, Combs 134
Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300

Announcement of the book selected for the 2014 Historic Preservation Book Prize will be made during Preservation Week in May 2014. The author will receive a check in the amount of $500.00 and will be invited to deliver a lecture at The University of Mary Washington.  Both the author and the publisher will receive certificates in recognition of the award.

Established by the Center in 1988, the Historic Preservation Book Prize is awarded annually by a jury of preservation professionals to the book deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the field of historic preservation in the United States. In making its selection, the jury focuses on books which break new ground or contribute to the intellectual vitality of the preservation movement. Entries may come from any of the disciplines that relate to the theory or practice of historic preservation. Nominations may be made by any source.


A Graveyard Preservation Primer Lynette Strangstad Altamira Press/The Association for Gravestone Studies (nominator)
Building Seagram Phyllis Lambert Yale University Press
Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis Leo Hollis Bloomsbury Press
Embracing the Past Charles St. Clair Charles St. Clair (self-published)
Faded Glory Thomas E. Alexander & Dan K. Utley Texas A&M University Press
Heart and Soul of Florida: Sacred and Historic Architecture Elsbeth Gordon University Press of Florida
Museum Architecture Suzanne MacLeod Routledge
Museums and Social Activism: Engaged Protest Kylie Message Routledge
Old Building New Forms Francoise Bollack The Monacelli Press
Oral History, Community, and Work in the American West Jessie L. Embry (Editor) The University of Arizona Press
Preservation Primer – Volume 1 Danielle Groshong-Keperling and Charles Groshong Historic Restorations
The Archaeology of Citizenship Stacey Lynn Camp University Press of Florida
The Fragmented Politics of Urban Preservation: Beijing, Chicago, and Paris Yue Zhang University of Minnesota Press
Une Belle Maison: The Lombard Plantation House in New Orlean’s Bywater S. Frederick Starr University Press of Mississippi

2014 JURY

Gary Stanton, University of Mary Washington (Chair)
Andrew Dolkart, Columbia University
Malcolm Cairns, Ball State University
Lucy Lawliss, National Park Service
Douglas Sanford, University of Mary Washington
Madeleine Rhondeau ’14 (student juror), University of Mary Washington


1989 David Lowenthal, The Past is a Foreign Country
1990 TIE Samuel N. Stokes and A. Elizabeth Watson and others, Saving America’s Countryside: A Guide to Rural Conservation and T. H. Breen, Imagining the Past: East Hampton Histories
1991 Catherine W. Bishir, Charlotte V. Brown, Carl R. Lounsbury and Ernest H. Wood, Architects and Builders in North Carolina: A History of the Practice of Building
1992 Daniel Bluestone, Constructing Chicago
1993 Roy Rosenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar, The Park and the People: A History of Central Park
1994 Martha K. Norkunas, The Politics of Public Memory: Tourism, History, and Ethnicity in Monterey, California
1995 Carl R. Lounsbury, An Illustrated Glossary of Early Southern Architecture and Landscape
1996 Elizabeth Collins Cromley and Carter Hudgins, Gender, Class, and Shelter: Perspectives in Vernacular Architecture
1997 Mike Wallace, Mickey Mouse History and Other Essays on American Memory
1998 Kenneth E. Foote, Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy
1999 Roy R. Rosenzweig, The Presence of the Past: Popular Uses of History in American Life
2000 Richard Longstreth, The Drive-In, The Supermarket, and The Transformation of Commercial Space in Los Angeles, 1914-1941
2001 Daniel, Reiff, Houses from Books: Treatises, Pattern Books, and Catalogs in American Architecture, 1738-1950
2002 Joseph C. Biggott, From Cottage to Bungalow: Houses and the Working Class in Metropolitan Chicago, 1869-1929
2003 Susan L. Klaus, A Modern Arcadia: Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and the Plan for Forest Hills Gardens
2004 Nancy S. Seasholes, Gaining Ground, A History of Landmaking in Boston
2005 Alison Isenberg, Downtown America: A History of the Place and the People Who Made It
2006 Stephanie Yuhl,
 A Golden Haze of Memory: The Making of Historic Charleston
2010 Edna E. Kimbro and Julia G. Costello with Tevvy Ball, The California Missions: History, Art, and Preservation
2011 Lois Olcott Price,
 Line, Shade and Shadow
2012 Jeffrey Chusid,
 Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity
2013 Paul Hardin Kapp & Paul J. Armstrong,
 SynergiCity: Reinventing the Postindustrial City