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The Charlotte Gem Preservation Awards

Celebrate the Power of Preservation at the Charlotte Gem Preservation Awards, the premiere fundraising event for the Charlotte Museum of History. These awards celebrate restoration and building projects in the greater Charlotte region that exemplify the best of historic preservation. By shining a light on successful preservation projects that enrich our communities culturally and economically, the awards encourage everyone who calls Charlotte 'home' to save our historic built environment.

Save the Date for the 2024 Charlotte Gem Preservation Awards! See you May 9, 2024. Tickets on sale now!

Get Tickets

Tickets are $195/$175 for members and includes access to the Silent Auction, Cocktail Reception, and the Awards.

Special Early Pricing: Now through April 1, tickets are $175/$150 for members. 

2024 Schedule of Events

2024 Event Activities

Activities Include:

  • Silent Auction
  • Cocktail Reception
  • Award Ceremony
  • and other exciting delights to be announced shortly!

2024 Schedule of Events

6:00pm - The Event Begins with a Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction

7:00pm - The Awards Ceremony Begins 

Charlotte Preservation Awards Categories

NOMINATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2024 AWARDS

The Charlotte Preservation Awards honor restoration and building projects in the greater Charlotte region that exemplify the best of historic preservation. Anyone is welcome to nominate a project or you are welcome to self-nominate. The nomination form can be found by clicking the link below. For questions, please email Lauren Wallace at lauren@charlottemuseum.org.

  • Historic Building - Residential (i.e. a restoration, new addition, or preservation project at an existing historic building)
  • Historic Building - Non-residential (i.e. public space or business)
  • Historic Infill - Residential (i.e. a new building that was designed to compliment a historic environment
  • Historic Infill - Non-residential (i.e. a new building that was designed to compliment a historic environment
  • Individual or Group (an individual, community organization, or group of people who work to preserve the built environment or other pieces of our shared history)

Projects from the counties surrounding Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will be considered.

Nominations must be received by 5:00pm EST on March 1, 2024 for consideration.

How to Apply

To submit a nomination, please complete the Nomination Form. Nominations must be received by 5:00pm EST on March 1, 2024 for consideration. 

Once a nomination is received, members of the committee will review to ensure we have the information we need to move forward. After confirming eligibility, someone from the committee will be in touch with the next steps in the process and a chance to tell us a bit more about the project. If you are nominating a project you did not complete yourself, please let us know the contact information of the person who can best speak to specific details of the project for part two of the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: You are not able to save this nomination and then return to it later. We highly recommend moving through the questionnaire and copying the questions into a separate document, then fill in your answers later. Remember, you must use the Nomination Form link above or below to complete your nomination. 

The Charlotte Gem Award

This year during the awards ceremony in addition to the above awards, we will also be honoring an individual - a "Charlotte Gem" - someone who actively works to make Charlotte and the Piedmont Region a better place to live through advocacy, volunteerism, and general support for our community. This special award is selected by the Charlotte Museum of History Board of Trustees. 

The 2023 Awards

Meet the past year's winners. Learn more about each project by clicking the links below.

The 2023 Charlotte Gem Award Winner

Anthony Foxx

Our Board of Trustees chose Mr. Foxx in honor of his work serving as chair of the Davidson Commission on Race and Slavery as well as his advocacy for transportation equity.

Become a Sponsor

As the premiere fundraising event for the Charlotte Museum of History, sponsorship is critical to funding our mission of advocating for the preservation of our built environment and providing a space to tell the full history of our city. Sponsors receive recognition throughout the event, with additional opportunities to showcase your brand on our website, social media platforms, and in print. 

Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and ways to ensure your organization is recognized as a champion of saving and sharing our region's history by clicking the link below.

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