Preservation Awards Recipients Announced

For National Preservation Month

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – To commemorate National Preservation Month, the City of Corpus Christi Landmark Commission announces the 2020 award recipients for local preservation efforts.

Recipient of the Individual Award is Karen Howden. After a career as an award-winning Flour Bluff history teacher, Karen served on the Landmark Commission, and is currently an active member of the Nueces County Historical Commission and the Nueces County Historical Society. While her accomplishments in heritage preservation are many, her work at the historic Old Bayview Cemetery is most commendable. For the past several years, Karen has brought together community groups and heritage organizations, from the Daughters of the Republic of Texas to the Veterans Band, for a living history event at the Old Bayview Cemetery called, “Voices of South Texas.”  
Iglesia Ni Cristo is the recipient of the Project Award for the organization’s purchase and restoration of the church property at 1002 Elizabeth Street and service to the local community. This site received a local historic landmark designation in 2003 by the City of Corpus Christi.  Originally built by South Bluff Methodist Church, the Romanesque Revival building opened in 1926. An education building, which matched the church's buff face brick finish, was completed next to the church by 1948. The church closed in 2006, and Methodist Church South sold the property in 2008. In 2014, Iglesia Ni Cristo purchased the property, undertook a restoration, and continues to use the historic buildings. Iglesia Ni Cristo is commended for its commitment to historic preservation, enhancing Corpus Christi’s quality of life and fostering neighborhood revitalization.   
The awards ceremony will be held at a future time and place to be announced. National Preservation Month was established nation-wide by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to recognize the importance of historic sites and landmarks and the contributions of residents towards preserving the city’s local heritage and the nation’s history. Historic preservation enhances the local economy through heritage tourism and creates a sense of place through community revitalization. 
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