Society Honors Persistance and Perseverance in Preservation

By: Giang Nguyen Email
By: Giang Nguyen Email
Constitution Hall and Friends of the Free State Capital were one of the honorees at the Shawnee County Historical Society's Sixth Annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony.

Constitution Hall and Friends of the Free State Capital were one of the honorees at the Shawnee County Historical Society's Sixth Annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee County Historical Society celebrated its Sixth Annual Historic Preservation Awards Sunday afternoon at the historic Thatcher Building on 112 SE 8th Street.

The awards ceremony recognized local efforts to preserve and rehabilitate historic structures.

"All our recipients had a vision," Debra Goodrich-Bisel, president of the society, said. "And they're firmly planted in a very real structure, literally, in this real structure with challenges and opportunities. But they have a vision for what it can be and they acted on that vision to make those things a reality."

"That spirit is what we're honoring here today," she said.

Goodrich-Bisel presented plaques to the following six honorees:

The Historic Jayhawk State Theatre on 720 SW Jackson Street, awarded for "Persistence in Historic Restoration Efforts"
Constitution Hall and Friends of the Free State Capital on 427-429 S. Kansas Avenue, awarded for "Perseverance in Historic Restoration Efforts"

Jjohn and Julie Lyle of the Elmhurst neighborhood, awarded for "Historic Preservation and Neighborhood Revitalization"

The Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Washburn University, awarded for "Preservation of Historic Property" at 1810 SW Mulvane Avenue

Benoit Swinnen, awarded for "Adaptive Reuse of Historic Property" at 917-921 S. Topeka Boulevard.

The Schultz Family of The Break Room on 911 S. Kansas Avenue, awarded for "Maintaining & Dining Theatrical Production Excellence in an Historic Building"

Members of the Topeka Landmarks Commission were also present to celebrate local landmarks that have been recognized in the national register, including the William Crosby House on 1109 S. Topeka Boulevard, the ATSF Motive Power Building on 1001 NE Atchison Street, the Hughes Conoco Service Station on 400SW Taylor Street, the North Topeka Baptist Church on 123 NW Gordon Street and the John C Harmon House on 915 SW Buchanan Street.


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