Community Preservation Grants Program

Preservation Piedmont is pleased to announce the revival of its grant program, which will provide modest grants to support projects that promote the protection of historic resources including significant cultural landscapes.  Categories of support include: documentation initiatives including surveys; basic stabilization of all types of historic fabric, including landscapes, public art and engineered structures as well as buildings; support for preservation-related publications and other media; and preservation education and interpretation initiatives.

Applications will be accepted twice a year, with deadlines of May 1 and Oct. 1, with grants awarded approximately 8 to 10 weeks after each deadline.

Proposals from the following areas will be considered: City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange.

To apply for a grant, download APPLICATION AND INSTRUCTIONS


Preservation Piedmont Awards

Preservation Piedmont began its Awards program in 2008, when it created an award to honor Martha Lewis Gleason, who was a driving force in the founding of the organization, and who had just passed away the previous December.


Martha Gleason was a native and lifelong resident of Charlottesville, growing up on historic Ridge Street. She was steadfast in her love of the community, and had a sustained interest in the city’s history and development. Outspoken and passionate, Martha was tenacious in her advocacy for  what needed to be preserved. But she was also insightful in recognizing when and how her community could embrace social change. She remains an exemplary local preservationist for us today.


Martha Gleason Award

The Martha Gleason Award was created to recognize the work of an individual or group engaged in an outstanding preservation effort. The first Martha Gleason Award was presented to Fred Schneider, Kristen Suokko, and the North Downtown neighbors of a proposed new house on 2nd Street NE that they successfully argued against, due to its incompatibility with the scale and pedestrian environment of the historic neighborhood.


Subsequent Martha Gleason Awards were presented to :



Jane Foster and the Oakhurt-Gildersleeve Neighborhood.

The neighborhood was listed as a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places that year.



Victoria Dunham, Woolen Mills neighborhood president, for her role in getting the Woolen Mills Village historic district listed on the National Register of Historic Places that year.


Preston Coiner, for his determination, enthusiasm, and heroic efforts in historic preservation in the local community. Preston passed unexpectedly the following year, in the midst of rehabilitating the Young Building at 1102 Carlton Avenue.


Robin Hanes for helping to preserve the Woolen Mills landscape.


Cinder Stanton and the Central Virginia History Researchers for their work toward the preservation of the Sammons property and cemetery.


Lynn Rainville for her recent book, Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia.


Southern Environmental Law Center for outstanding community preservation effort


Preservers of the Daughters of Zion Cemetery (Bernadette Whitsett-Hammond and Edwina St. Rose) for restoring and preserving a historic African American cemetery in Charlottesville.


Bill Emory for being steadfast in his efforts to protect both the cultural and natural values of the Woolen Mills neighborhood, the Rivanna River and the tree canopy of the City of Charlottesville. In 2017 he successfully led the effort to get Woolen Mills Historic Conservation District designated.



Jeremy Caplin, for his outstanding community service and commitment over the past 20+ years to preserve the 10th & Page/Venable neighborhoods by maintaining dozens of affordable homes and renting many to long-time community residents. (Photo below of Caplin receiving award at 2018 Annual Meeting)





Design Award

The Awards program was expanded in 2010, when Preservation Piedmont created a Design Award that was given to P.K. Kamuth for the Fry’s Spring Service Station rehabilitation. The early service garage was preserved and revitalized as an attractive and functional restaurant, incorporating what had been a gasoline pump canopy to cover an outdoor seating space.


Subsequent Design Awards were presented to :



Brian Wimer, coordinator for Project Gait-Way, a grassroots design competition for the Belmont Bridge to create "an iconic, pedestrian-centric, bike & auto friendly gateway.”


Preservation Technology Award

In 2012 the Preservation Technology Award was created, and given to Kristin Rourke and to Mary Joy Scala and the City’s Historic Resources Committee for the Downtown Audio Tour.


Adaptive Reuse Award


In 2012 the Adaptive Reuse Award was also created, and given to Martin Chapman for his original plans to rehabilitate the Coca Cola Bottling Works at 722 Preston Avenue.


Subsequent Adaptive Reuse Awards were presented to :



King Lumber Rehabilitation at 608-612 Preston Avenue (Mark Green and Tom Hickman of King Lumber Partners LLC)


Ix Art Park (Ludwig Kuttner)


Common House developed by Derek Sieg and Ben Pfinsgraff (in photo below), formerly the Mentor’s Lodge, an African American social club built in 1913 on West Market Street and location for activities for many Vinegar Hill community residents over a number of years.  Despite the collapse of the roof and rear walls during a snowstorm, the partners decided to persevere to save and restore the building.Their renovation of the historic social club was cited for its exceptional commitment to preserving the building’s integrity and respect for its history, while transforming it into an innovative new space.








Preservation Award


The Preservation Award was created in 2014 and presented to Julie Coiner for completing renovation of the J.S. Young Company Building at 1102 Carlton Avenue.


Subsequent Preservation Awards were given to :


Pleasant Grove House Museum in Fluvanna County;


Riverbend Development for outstanding preservation effort on the Coca Cola Bottling Works at 722 Preston Avenue


Archaeology at James Monroe’s Highland for unearthing the foundation of Madison’s original 1799 house and artifacts.



Locust Grove Tavern at Milton for rehabilitation of a historic residence


Publications Award


The Publications Award was created in 2016, for the book, Repository of Missing Places - Paintings of Lost and Kept Charlottesville, (Richard Crozier, Deborah McLeod, Justin Sarafin, and Laura Knott)


Preservation Research Award



Professor Lisa Goff, her students, local preservationists and others for their research and

public exhibition entitled Gone but Not Forgotten, Exploring Charlottesville’s History at the Daughters of Zion Cemetery.


Other Recognitions



Satyendra Huja for steadfast support of historic resources, first as a professional planner and later during his service as Mayor and Councilor for the City of Charlottesville.


Dede Smith for support of historic resources during her service as Vice-Mayor and Councilor for the City of Charlottesville.


Clarence McClymonds for his service as Preservation Piedmont Treasurer and Board member.

Preservation Piedmont

Established in 1993, Preservation Piedmont is a non-profit grass-roots organization dedicated to preservation public awareness and advocacy serving the City of Charlottesville, the County of Albemarle, and adjacent localities.


Postal Mail: P.O. Box 2803 Charlottesville, VA 22902

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