OGDEN -- Ogden High School has earned national recognition for the quality of its historic renovation.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced Monday that OHS is one of 18 award winners to be honored at the organization's national conference.
"On behalf of all of us at the National Trust for Historic Preservations, congratulations," the letter to the Ogden School Foundation said, in part. "... congratulations on a superb job."
The award will be presented to the Ogden School District, Ogden High School and Ogden School Foundation at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony on Friday in Indianapolis. Co-recipients for the Ogden High renovation are Cooper Roberts Simonsen Associates, EDA Architects and Hughes General Contracts.
Mary Galbraith, Weber County Heritage Foundation vice president, filed the nomination paperwork.
"The recognition is amazing," she said. "It's always exciting when there's an organization as prestigious as the National Trust for Historical Preservation that recognizes your community's efforts. I'm sure there were bigger projects from much bigger cities nominated. It's wonderful to see that Ogden's hard work paid off, and that Ogden High became a historic building that is still used every day."
The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.preservationnation.org) noted the community, school board and private donor support of a $64 million rehabilitation and restoration, and upgrades that enhanced the school's functionality for modern students and made the school more sustainable and energy efficient. The decision to invite the community to see detailed restoration work up close gave community members a greater appreciation for both the space and the project, the National Trust noted in the announcement, released Monday.
The National Trust described Ogden High as "... a community gathering place and a source of civic pride since the 1930s," adding that the state's first $1 million high school is " ... a stunning example of Art Deco architecture."
Janis Vause, Ogden School Foundation executive director, said she and other district officials learned of the honor in July, but were told the news could not be released at that time.
"I was surprised and amazed we got it," Vause said. "I know how highly competitive it is. I was ecstatic. I think the Ogden community should be very proud of the building, which it supported through bonding and the private campaign. It's an award that is well-deserved."
Additional preservation projects to share 2013 honors are the African Meeting House, Boston; the Boyle Hotel, Los Angeles; Fort Sam Houston, Texas; the Indiana Landmarks Center, Indianapolis; the Kelly Cullen Community, San Francisco; the NSO Bell Building, Detroit; St. Augustine Mission, Los Lunas, N.M.; the St. Louis Public Library, St. Louis, Mo.; and the Warren Cultural Center, Greenfield, Iowa.
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