Historic Preservation Awards

Each year, the Historic Preservation Committee and the Department of Community Development & Planning recognize restoration efforts that have transformed some of Bristol Tennessee’s oldest residential and commercial structures to their former glory.  

Only the exterior of a building and property are considered for the award and nominations are based on:

  • The preservation of historic buildings through sensitive renovations, repairs, and/or compatible building additions.
  • The positive impact on the community and historic resources in Bristol.
  • Overall quality of work.
  • The project’s ability to serve as an example for other historic preservation projects.

Historic Preservation Committee

The Historic Preservation Committee is a subcommittee of the Bristol Tennessee Planning Commission. Current members are:

Susan Tanner
Debra Kennedy
Rebecca Wilkerson
Lucia Schneider
Maggie Elliott
Vickie Mitoraj
Andrew Snyder


Applications for 2023 will be available Aug. 15. You may access the application here. Properties located in the historic districts are eligible for consideration for the Historic Preservation Awards. The historic districts include:

  • Bristol Downtown Commercial Historic District (view map)
  • Fairmount Neighborhood Historic District, and (view map)
  • Holston Avenue Neighborhood Historic District (view map)

One property will be awarded in each historic district. In addition to the historic districts, a “City-wide” award will be given for a project which may be located anywhere within the city limits of Bristol, Tennessee. Anyone may submit a nomination and self-nominations are accepted.

2022 Award Winners

News Release

Past Award Winners

Stewardship Award, Joseph R. Gregory 
Bristol Post Office & Custom House at 620 Shelby Street
The Bristol Renaissance Center, 636 Shelby Street

City-Wide Award, J. Allen Hurley II 
City Centre, 100 5th Street

Downtown Historic District Award, J. Allen Hurley II
H.P. King  Department Store, 620 State Street

Holston Avenue Historic District Award, Phil and Nedra Hartley
Strauss/Hartley House, 700 Holston Avenue

Fairmount Historic District Award, Christa McClellan
312 Lynwood Street

Stewardship Award, J. Allen Hurley
Various downtown properties

City-Wide Award, George & Kim Knoll
924 Maryland Avenue

Downtown Historic District Award, Joseph Gregory
E. W. King Building, 636 Shelby Street

Holston Avenue Historic District Award, Debra Kennedy
916 7th Avenue

Fairmount Historic District Award, Emily Blackwell
423 Pennsylvania Avenue