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Celebrating construction: Slope civic leaders accepting submissions for 2018 preservation awards • Brooklyn Paper

Celebrating construction: Slope civic leaders accepting submissions for 2018 preservation awards

After: The church after its renovation.
Park Slope Civic Council

They’re honoring the best of Park Slope’s born-again buildings!

Leaders of the Park Slope Civic Council are now accepting submissions for the Ortner Preservation Awards, which they will dole out to recent renovation or ground-up-construction projects in the neighborhood that they believe enhance its aesthetic appeal.

The awards are in honor of long-time Slopers Eleanor and Everett Ortner, who, beginning in the 1960s, played a pivotal role in transforming the then in-decline neighborhood into the vibrant community it is today by encouraging folks to buy and restore houses there.

The husband and wife, who died in 2012 and 2006, also played key parts in the creation of the Park Slope Historic District, the city’s largest landmarked district of its kind, according to the civic council, which set a deadline of Dec. 15 to submit applications.

Categories for the 2018 awards include:

• Exterior restoration: The repair of, or duplication of, significant architectural details to preserve the integrity of a structure’s decorative and functional elements.

• Rehabilitation of a historic structure: Significant exterior modifications, alterations, or additions to a building to make it habitable and compatible with its original architectural character.

• Adaptive reuse: Transformation of a building to serve a new purpose, while maintaining its architectural integrity, thereby sustaining the unique identity of the neighborhood.

• New construction: Design and construction of a new building that, while contemporary, complements the historic character of neighboring structures.

• Neighborhood intervention: Action by an individual or group to prevent the demolition or disfigurement of a historic structure, or the erection or modification of a building that will have a detrimental effect on the appearance and historic character of Park Slope.

Projects eligible for consideration must meet the following requirements:

• Within the area bounded by Flatbush Avenue, Plaza Street West, Prospect Park West, the Prospect Expressway, and the west side of Fourth Avenue.

• Completed between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 1, 2018.

• In compliance with applicable city codes.

And projects involving current trustees of the Park Slope Civic Council, or Ortner Award jurors, will not be considered for awards, which will be selected by an independent panel of experts in architecture, historic preservation, and community affairs.

Apply for a 2018 Ortner Preservation Award by submitting application materials no later than Dec. 15, 2018 via e-mail to John Mazurek at jmazurek15@gmail.com. Applications can also be mailed to Ortner Preservation Awards, c/o Park Slope Civic Council, 123 Seventh Ave., Box 172, Brooklyn, NY 11215.

Before: Seventh Avenue’s Old First Reformed Church, which won the 2017 Orter Award for exterior renovation, before its restoration.
Park Slope Civic Council

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