Annual Awards Info ~ Call for Entries
Entry Deadline To Be Announced

The Annual Historic Preservation Awards, presented by the Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs (HPA), is a local competition recognizing outstanding restoration projects and compatible new construction projects in the greater Colorado Springs community.  Established in 2002, the contest honors property owners and professionals for their dedication to the ideals of preservation, as well as for their commitment to excellence in rehabilitating old structures and creating compatible new structures. The criteria for judging will NOT follow the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties exclusively. Rather, the judges will use their experience, knowledge of preservation and judgment to evaluate each entry on the merits of their efforts to celebrate the historic qualities of their projects.

What Projects are Eligible?

  • All projects must be located in the greater Colorado Springs area.
  • Restoration projects must be on structures at least 50 years old.
  • Projects must have been completed within the past five years.

Who May Enter?

The awards program is open to property owners, professionals (architects, contractors, craftspeople, and designers) substantially involved with the project, or third parties (preservation organizations, municipal governments, individuals) who know of outstanding projects in the greater Colorado Springs area.

Why Enter?

Gain exposure and receive public recognition for your importantcontributions to the City’s historic character.
Be recognized at the annual awards gala and receive a framed certificate presented to winners.


Complete the official entry form for each project submitted and return to HPA Gala Committee Chair, Tim Boddington, P. O. Box 345., Colorado Springs, CO. 80901.

Entries must be received by the deadline for entries (see below).

Cost to Enter?

There is no cost to enter. However, there is a fee for the Gala dinner. We love it when our nominated projects have owners and architects and contractors attend!

Portfolio Format

  • Entries will be submitted in either of two formats, whichever is most convenient for the entrant to produce.
  • Format One is an 8-1/2” x 11” folder containing the following with separate narrative:
  • 4-6 historic photographs of the structure, site, area involved.
  • 4-6 photographs of the site before construction.
  • 4-6 photographs during construction/restoration noting important historic elements being restored.
  • Four to six photographs of the completed site.
  • Any images you choose which help tell your story.
  • Apply one photograph per page.
  • Narrative: Tell a compelling story.
  • Successful nominations tell the story of their project in the most compelling way, both visually and through description, explaining:
  • The project’s historic context
  • Specific goals of the project
  • Specific challenges the project team had to overcome
  • The project’s benefits to the community
  • The broader lessons to be drawn from the project

All original photographs will be returned. (We would like the permission to scan and copy each original photograph for our archives and to use the scanned images in power point presentations).

Note:  If you are nominating a property which you do not own, please arrange for written permission from the owners and attach to your nominating form.

Format Two:

Exactly as above only submitted as a Microsoft PowerPoint presentation, one photograph per slide (JPEG preferred), with a separate narrative box. Do not caption over the top of a photograph. Please note that including graphics or other information on PowerPoint slides does not help your nomination. Submit on a disk readable on a Mac, if possible. Disks become property of the Historic Preservation Alliance.

Submit A Separate Portfolio For Each Category

  • Residential Restoration
  • Civil Restoration
  • Commercial Restoration
  • Compatible New Construction
  • Compatible Landscape for Historic Property
  • Stewardship, Maintenance is Preservation


Winners will be announced at the Historic Preservation Alliance Gala Event, (date and location TBA).

For additional information please contact Tim Boddington at 719-339-9168 (cell).

We look forward to your participation!

Michael Collins, President
Historic Preservation Alliance of Colorado Springs