How do you know when an eye-catching home or structure should be nominated for the Ridley Park Historical Preservation Award?
The Award is given to historic homeowners who have maintained, or renovated their home in such a way that the historic materials and features have been preserved and highlighted.
House are judged on three basic categories - Maintenance, Streetscape, and Authenticity. The qualifications for Maintenance and Authenticity are based on the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties, which is a guideline for how historic structures can be repaired, restored and altered. The qualifications for Streetscape have more to do with how the landscaping enhances the view of the structure from the street.
The first requirements for the Nomination are fairly straightforward:
The homes are judged by members of the Ridley Park Historical Architectural Review Board and the Historic Commission who follow the standards and guidelines of the Department of the Interior. These guidelines include preserving the historic character of the property, retaining distinctive materials, and maintaining the property as a physical representation of its time.
Each year this award is given to industrious homeowners who through meticulous work have restored the exterior of their home to it's original beauty and grandeur.