Heritage Foundation Awards
Meeting of the Waters, one of Williamson County’s oldest and mostcherished residential landmarks, was named best in show in the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County’s annual preservation awards presentation Tuesday night.
The c. 1800 home on Del Rio Pike in Franklin was saluted for painstaking restoration efforts by owner Joseph Cashia, working with a team of scholars and historic building experts. Other buildings honored in six categories included a former city fire hall, now converted to offices for Stray Dog Film Company, a new pool house in an historic Franklin neighborhood, a new home in the city’s Hard Bargain neighborhood, the historically-inspired transit center in Franklin and the long-missing steeple of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
"I drove the judges around to the 22 sites nominated and it reminded me that there is no more beautiful place on earth than Franklin and Williamson County," said Heritage foundation executive director Mary Pearce.
"Private preservation is thriving, and our award winners represent the cream of the crop. We know how much labor, love and resources go into these projects, and we thank all of the nominees for helping to preserve our community’s heritage for our children and their children."
Winners in each category included:
Winner: Meeting of the Waters (Joseph Cashia)
Honorable Mention: 1008 Fair Street (Doris Alexander)
Honorable Mention: 803 Fair Street (Col. and Mrs. Samuel Whitson)
Honorable Mention: 419 Boyd Mill Avenue (Brad and Laura O’Shoney)
Honorable Mention: 335 Fourth Ave. S. (Martha and Dick Thuma)
Honorable Mention: 1010 Fair Street (David Morris and Michael Lee)
Winner: Old Fire House Garage (Stray Dog and Shirley McGrew)
Honorable Mention: 414 Bridge Street (Joe Melz)
Honorable Mention: 408 Main Street, The Red Pony (J. Martin Ozburn)
Honorable Mention: Frontier Building (Harmon Jones III)
Also nominated: Towne Centre Theatre, Brentwood (Investors Towne Center
Winner: 211 Lewisburg pool house (Robert Crosby)
Honorable Mention: 114 Lewisburg (Dan and Denise Klatt)
Honorable Mention: 1711 Old Hillsboro Rd., Walnut Hill (Mr. and Mrs.
Honorable Mention: 5395 Old Highway 96 (Bill and Dale Powell)
Honorable Mention: 3640 Bear Creek Lane (Dr. and Mrs. James Geraughty)
Honorable Mention: 802 Fair Street (Tree Lindsay)
Winner: 613 Mt. Hope (Linda Rutledge)
Honorable Mention: 723 Glass Lane, the Marshlands (Charles Winters)
Also nominated: The Weathers House
Winner: Transit Center, 708 Columbia Ave. (Franklin Transit Authority)
Winner: Cumberland Presbyterian Church, steeple restoration
Best in Show: Meeting of the Waters
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