Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance Winners & Ceremony

The City of Raleigh cordially invites you to the 2014 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance. The awards are given in recognition of outstanding new contributions to the character and appearance of Raleigh. Since 1983, more than 200 awards have been presented to developers, designers, community groups, civic clubs, churches, and citizens.

Event Details

  • Tuesday, September 2nd @ Contemporary Art Museum – 409 West Martin Street
  • Reception and refreshments – 5 p.m.
  • Awards ceremony – 7 p.m.
  • Remarks by Jess Zimbabwe, Executive Director, ULI Rose Center for Public Leadership
  • Free and open to the public
  • RSVP – 919-996-4642

2014 Winners


2604 Hillsborough Street Building

2604 Hillsborough

2604 Hillsborough Street – Residential

  • Project officials describe this mixed-used development as “a pedestrian centric boutique student housing development”. Located across from D.H. Hill Library on the NCSU campus, the four-story building has 14 apartments, street-level retail, outdoor seating, aluminum canopies, and a sunken courtyard to serve as a buffer.



Merrimon-Wynne House

Merrimon-Wynne House

Merrimon-Wynne House – Historic Preservation/Rehabilitation

  • Vacant for five years, the building was moved in 2008 to the corner of Blount and Polk streets and extensively renovated by its current owner, Jodi Strenkowski. The 4,648-square-foot home can accommodate more than 200 guests and its grand opening was recently featured in Southern Bride and Groom Magazine.


Artists' Backyard Landscape Design

Artists’ Backyard

Artists’ Backyard – Landscape Design

  • Serving as a pilot project for NCSU, this space was designed by Professor Andy Fox’s Landscape Architecture 500 class over two semesters. The effort encourages the development of sustainable sites across campus while also giving students “real world” experience in design and construction; the team needed to mitigate significant erosion and flooding while protecting 200-year-old Shumard Oaks.



Raleigh Police Memorial

Raleigh Police Memorial

Raleigh Police Memorial – Public Facilities and Spaces

  • Located at the front of the Raleigh Municipal Building, this memorial is dedicated to the memory of eight officers who have given their lives since 1922 in the performance of their duties for the residents of Raleigh.  The granite-structured memorial features 21 stone structures that represent the community with a 60-foot water table flowing out of 8 holes and reflecting the sky.


Person Street Partnership – Public Service

  • Created by Philip Bernard, the Person Street Partnership hosts design and visioning workshops with students and professional architects to inject new life into the North Person Street Business District.



Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center

Buffaloe Rd Aquatic Center

The City of Raleigh’s Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center – Public Facilities and Spaces

  • One of the city’s most popular recreational facilities, the 18,500-square-foot building features a 3-story water slide, vortex, lazy river, water basketball and volleyball, 25-yard lap lanes, and a zero-depth entry with play area for tots. What truly makes the center unique, however, are its sustainable features designed by Szostak Design Inc. of Chapel Hill: solar-heated hot water, vegetated roof, bioswales to handle parking lot runoff and energy, regenerative media water filtration system, and LED lights in the parking lot.



The Wander Box Beer Garden

Wander Box

The Wander Box – Innovation

  • Crafted from a 20-foot shipping container, the Wander Box is a collapsible and portable beer garden created by Matt Tomasulo and Tactile Workshop designers. The container holds all of the accessories needed to transform any area into a complete beer garden, including 12 tables, seating for 100 people, and 8 steel poles for lighting to cover approximately 1,000 square-feet.


Midtown Park of North Hills

Midtown Park

Midtown Park – Community Space

  • Midtown Park is a new, privately funded component of the North Hills District. The gathering place features an outdoor stage and valuable green space for this dense, mixed-use development.

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