Preservation Piedmont welcomes proposals from non-profit organizations, individuals, and self-organized collaborators that embrace and promote protection, re-use, rehabilitation, and re-interpretation of historic resources, including significant cultural landscapes and archaeological sites. Categories of support include, but are not limited to:

  • documentation and research initiatives including surveys and nominations,

  • preservation education and interpretation initiatives,

  • basic stabilization of all types of historic fabric, including landscapes, public art and engineered structures as well as buildings, or

  • support for preservation-related publications and other media.

Proposals will be considered from individuals, organizations, and/or localities from the following: City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, and Orange. We anticipate that grant requests will be up to $3,000, giving careful consideration to the potential users’ impact and continuity of the project.

To apply for a grant, download APPLICATION AND INSTRUCTIONS.

Recent grant recipients include:


  • Woolen Mills Chapel Foundation - bell chapel stabilization, $1,500 | November 2020

  • Rose Hill Baptist Church - cemetery restoration efforts, $1,500 | November 2020

  • Friends of Esmont - book on history of Esmont village, $3,500 | November 2020

  • Jackson P. Burley Varsity Club – book on history of high school, $1,000 | June 2020

  • Louisa County Historical Society – porch painting project $1,000 | August 2019

  • Virginia Organizing / B.F. Yancey Heritage and History Committee – history project and exhibit, $1,000 | November 2018

  • Albemarle Blue Ridge Heritage Project – signage, $1,000 | June 2017


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.


Roulhac Toledano, in recognition of her many contributions to Preservation Piedmont

and her gift of a lifetime of knowledge of preservation that she brought to the Charlottesville Community. We also honor her vision for adapting the Pink Warehouse so that it became one of the first modern mixed use buildings in Downtown with offices, commercial, and residential spaces.


Other Awards

The Awards program was expanded in 2010, when Preservation Piedmont awarded 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.


Additional awards in various categories have been presented as follows:


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

​Kristin Rourke and to Mary Joy Scala and the City’s Historic Resources Committee for the Downtown Audio Tour.

Martin Chapman for his original plans to rehabilitate the Coca Cola Bottling Works at 722 Preston Avenue.



Julie Coiner for completing renovation of the J.S. Young Company Building at 1102 Carlton Avenue.


Pleasant Grove House Museum in Fluvanna County

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



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

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

Repository of Missing Places - Paintings of Lost and Kept Charlottesville, Richard Crozier, Deborah McLeod, Justin Sarafin, and Laura Knott


Ix Art Park (Ludwig Kuttner)

Locust Grove Tavern at Milton for rehabilitation of a historic residence.

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.


Common House for the renovation of the historic African American 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. 


Jackson P. Burley Varsity Club (Jimmy Hollins) in recognition of their outstanding efforts to commemorate the 1951 Burley School, and to honor its place in local history, by seeking a nomination to individually designate Burley School on the National Register of Historic Places and Virginia Landmarks Register.

St. John Family Life and Fitness Center, Inc. (Rebecca Kinney and Kevin Hawkins) in recognition of their efforts to rehabilitate the 1922 Rosenwald School, to honor its place in local history, and to repurpose St. John’s School as a community center.

B. F. Yancey Heritage and History Project (Charlotte Brody and Peggy Scott) in recognition of their outstanding efforts to commemorate the 1961 B.F. Yancey Elementary School, to honor its place in local history, and to repurpose Yancey School as a community center.

801 Park Street, Charlottesville (Kristin H Jensen and Daniel G Krasnegor) in recognition of the distinguished restoration of the 1893 Trevillian-Tennyson house at 801 Park Street.


BR Development (Brian Roy) in recognition of the redevelopment of the Woolen Mills factory.
Mapping C’ville (Jordy Yager) in recognition of its efforts to examine equity through history and in using a collaborative platform to reveal and map racial covenants, infrastructure, and more.
Cultivate Charlottesville in recognition of leadership responding to the Covid-19 crisis and continued dedication to working towards a more just and healthy food system for all.
Stony Point Development Group in recognition of their rehabilitation of Trinity Episcopal Church.
Stone’s Throw (Curry and Andre Uflacker) in recognition of the rehabilitation of Stone's Throw.
Dinsmore House (Ryan Hubbard) in recognition of sensitive rehabilitation of and reinvestment in Dinsmore House at 1211 West Main Street.
Albemarle County / Office of Equity and Inclusion in recognition of the inclusive and thoughtful process that resulted in the removal of a Confederate Monument from the County Courthouse grounds.

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.