2021 Historic Preservation Award

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What is the Historic Preservation Award? 

The award recognizes Bentonville property owners who enhance the integrity of the city’s historic* properties. This is achieved by appropriate additions and/or exterior renovations to existing structures and compatible new construction.     

*Historic is defined as a structure that is approximately 50 years old or older, and embodies distinctive characteristics of a type, period or method of construction. A structure may also be designated as significant for its association with events or individuals that are important on a local, regional, national, or global level. In order for a structure to be designated as significant, it must retain a high level of historic integrity. A structure may also be significant if it is listed in or is eligible to be listed in the Arkansas Register of Historic Places or the National Register of Historic Places. 

Why was the Award Created? 

Bentonville’s history is important. Ongoing efforts to protect our city’s historic assets sustain the feeling of a rich community history that forms the heart of Bentonville. To recognize the accomplishments of those who have taken a committed role in the preservation of Bentonville’s historic integrity, the city created the historic preservation award. 

What are the Evaluation Criteria? 

Only a building’s exterior will be considered for the award, interiors are not subject to review. Nominations are to be evaluated through criteria based on four categories: 

1) Consistent property maintenance in terms of preservation or repair; 

2) Additions and/or exterior renovations that are especially suitable or compatible to existing structures

3) New construction that is compatible in terms of harmony, context, setting, and historic character

4) Overall appearance. 

How do I Nominate a Property? 

Any citizen, organization, business or agency may submit a nomination for property within the Bentonville city limits. You may nominate your own property or nominate someone else’s by filling out this form. All entries must be received by Friday, July 16, 2021. 

Who is the Selection Panel? 

Winning applications will be selected by a five member panel consisting of one City Council member, one Planning Commission member, two city staff, and a member at large. 

What Happens if I Win? 

Winners are honored by the Mayor at a regular City Council meeting. The winner is presented with a decorative yard sign designating their property as a winner. A photograph of the winner and property will be placed in the city’s newsletter, the “Bentonville Focus”. 

Contact Information

Christian Togmus, Planning Intern, email, (479) 271-3122.

Baylea Birchfield, Planning Technician, email, (479) 271-3122.

Visit the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program for more information about historic properties.