The Preservation Foundation

2015 Ballinger Award Given
Posted Date 12/11/2015

 

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2015 Robert I. Ballinger Award Given

The 2015 Ballinger Award for outstanding restoration and rehabilitation of historic architecture was presented at the Preservation Foundation’s annual membership luncheon held on Friday, December 11th, 2015.  This year, the Foundation awarded Pelican House in Regents Park. Architect Clarence Mack designed the property in 1958.
 
Foundation Chair Pauline Pitt presented the Ballinger medal to Mr. Mandell and the Honorable Mary Ourisman for the renovation of their property.  

Accepting the Honorable Mary Ourisman said, "I am truly humbled and appreciative of this wonderful award."

A presentation was given honoring the property by the Preservation Foundation’s President Alexander C. Ives highlighting the restoration and renovation work.  Over 150 images by professional photographer Stephen Leek detailed the architectural features.  Ives said, "We take a particular pride in this home as it is a part of the first historic district in 25 years which we advocated for being designated, that is Regents Park. To that name, it is also of the Regency style which perhaps does not get enough attention as significant to Palm Beach and our architectural history.  The style very much reflects the post-war era just as one might say the same of Mediterranean Revival for the 20s or Georgian for the 30s and 40s. Architect Clarence Mack is also underrated likely for that very reason as his key contribution to Palm Beach seems to come in 50s.  Finally, you have a wonderful and sensitive renovation that highlights the best in the original aspects of the design while bringing things forward and advancing the property’s link to the water. The project respected the bones of the house in the way it deserved and not too many years ago might not have been treated.”
 
The restoration and renovation team consisted of the owners, the architects of Kirchhoff & Associates Architects, the design team of Bill Eubanks Interior Design, and the landscape designers of Nievera Williams Design among others.
 
The Ballinger award was first presented by the Foundation in 1987 and honors the late Robert I. Ballinger Jr., former chairman of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission. Struck by noted sculptor Edward Grove, the medal itself bears the likeness of a bust of Ballinger that was sculpted by Ballinger’s wife, Didi Ballinger, and, on the reverse, the name of the house being honored and its owners.

 

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 All images by Stephen Leek.

 

The Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach is a private, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the preservation of the historic, architectural and cultural heritage of Palm Beach, Florida. As the community advocate for maintaining the outstanding quality of life in Palm Beach, the Foundation has created a community-wide perspective seeing the unique buildings of Palm Beach as integral to the Town’s character as well as its future. What once would have been only issues of growth have been reshaped as issues of quality of life. By combining history, inventiveness and ingenuity the Preservation Foundation has helped forge a contemporary Palm Beach informed by its achievements in architecture, culture and design, not dismissive of them.
 
Over 30 years, the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach has given millions of dollars for the preservation and restoration of historic properties; worked advocating for over 300 landmark properties; recognized numerous architects, owners, and properties with awards; educated hundreds of thousands of children about the architectural, cultural and environmental legacy of Palm Beach; and saved thousands of archival documents in its library, among many other accomplishments.