2007 Biennial Award Winners

The Awards Program honors the achievements of individuals, businesses and community groups which have made outstanding contributions to enhance the appearance of the city and county. The 2007 Biennial Awards Program was held at the Anderson Center on the Campus of WSSU on October 16. Thirteen winners were awarded.



Mellow Mushroom Photo

Mellow Mushroom - Winner of the Count Zinzendorf Award

Mellow Mushroom is located on Fourth street in downtown Winston-Salem. Completed in January 2006, the Mellow Mushroom restaurant has proven to be a vibrant addition to downtown Winston-Salem.

The renovations to the building included: demolition of existing interiors awnings, and storefront; painting of the exterior; and installation of the new storefront, partitions, finishes, and signage. The restaurant also features outdoor dining on Fourth Street. The renovations to the building have improved this restaurant space with an open and inviting atmosphere. This renovation has improved this section of Fourth Street in appearance and brought nightlife back to this area of downtown.



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Mock Orange Bikes - Winner of the Count Zinzendorf Award

Mock Orange Bikes is located in the historic 1928 Summit Street Pharmacy in the West End neighborhood. The store is located in a building that departs from the conventional architecture of the neighborhood; allowing the owners to keep with their funky atmosphere.

All of the design work, both exterior and interior, was completed by owners or friends of the business. Countless hours were spent on the interior; including the construction of the original bike display racks. The exterior awnings and the installation of bars on the windows, primarily utilizing recycled bike parts, enhanced the windows. Finally, over-grown vegetation was removed, which allowed the entire facade to be viewed. The logo on the sign was designed by Clark Whittington, a Winston-Salem artist. The rehabilitation of the Mock Orange Bikes building is a successful project that attests to the economic viability of historic buildings.



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5ive & 4orty - Winner of the AIA of Winston-Salem Award

5ive & 4orty Art Gallery was founded by Amy Garland and Joy Ritenour in the summer of 2006. It is located in Winston-Salem's Downtown Arts District, and offers gallery visitors an opportunity to experience contemporary works by emerging national talent. The existing gallery space was renovated to resemble galleries found in larger metropolitan areas. 5ive & 4orty is intentionally sparse, a white rectangle, with concrete floors and 12 ft ceilings. It was upfitted to also serve as a meeting space for businesses and community organizations.

According to art critic Tom Patterson, "Since making its debut, 5ive & 4orty has established itself as the Arts District's most elegantly designed gallery - perfectly suited to showcasing art - and the one representing the most high-caliber work."



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Ogburn Properties - Winner of the Joseph Winston Award

Ogburn Properties is a Real Estate company that serves as both a rental and brokerage agency. When Sam Ogburn, Jr. purchases a property, he does so with the full commitment to repair, restore, and/or renovate the building to its best possible condition. 

Ogburn properties photo 2From 2005 to 2006, Sam has worked on four properties, in different neighborhoods of Winston-Salem: 605 & 607 Miller Street, 1401 Brookstown Avenue, 1334 Revere Road and 707 & 709 Watson Avenue. The properties on Miller, Brookstown and Watson included extensive exterior repairs and renovations from windows and roofs to the restoration of porches; and, interior renovations from floor to ceiling.



Ogburn properties photo 3In May of 2005, the future of 1334 Revere Road was uncertain...the property was listed on the City's demolition list due to the unfit conditions. The City gave Ogburn Properties 120 days to repair the structure from the time of purchase. The neighbors were excited to hear that someone was fixing the place, along with cleaning the yard.

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Collectively, the work that Ogburn Properties completes in the City of Winston-Salem has a dramatic impact on the appearance and economic viability of neighborhoods.



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Evergreen Cemetery - Winner of the City Council Award

Evergreen Cemetery is located on a 47-acre plot of land located along New Walkertown road on the City's east side. It was opened in 1944 to take the place of the former Evergreen Cemetery and graveyard on private  property owned by James Foy, a prominent African-American farmer. The original graveyard was in the Liberty Street area and backed up to Smith Reynolds Airport. It had to be moved in the early 1940's because the airport needed to expand it's runways in order to ship goods during WWII. The Works Progress Administration helped move 700 graves from the old evergreen Cemetery to the current location.

During 2006, the City of Winston-Salem's Public Works Department; including Vegetation Management, Cemetery and Engineering, took on an enhancement project at Evergreen Cemetery. The project included the installation of 1100 feet of new sidewalk, decorative fencing and new landscaping. This project has had a major visual impact on the cemetery and this area of New Walkertown Road. 



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Biotechnology Research Facility A1 - Winner of the Mayor's Award

Located in the Piedmont Triad Research Park, the Biotechnology Research Facility A1 is an embodiment of Winston-Salem's transition from a tobacco/manufacturing economy to a science and technology based economy. Built on the edge of Downtown, the facility continues to line the City, the urban wall that fronts the railroad and Highway 52. It consciously borrows from the rich tobacco traditions of Winston-Salem in its use of building materials, form and proportion to suggest that it too is one of the many tobacco factories that form the eastern edge of Downtown. The appearance of the building transitions from the simple brick box of the past to the modern expression of a curtain wall, metal panels, and concrete to illustrate the embracing of both past and future. The modern expression of the building occurs in specific places that are like new growth in a plant, budding out where new opportunities exist- toward Business 40 and the future development of Piedmont Triad Research Park. The Biotechnology Research Facility A1 demonstrates excellence in these areas: responding to local context, accommodating various user needs, and fitting in with present and future developments.



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Forsyth County Animal Shelter - Winner of the County Commissioner's Award

During the summer of 2006, the Department of Animal Control moved from its old location on Fairchild Drive in Winston-Salem to their newly constructed facility on Sturmer Park Circle.  Forsyth County Animal Control is a full service animal-care-and-control agency in Forsyth County. The Department has been serving the citizens of Forsyth County since 1950 and includes the Animal Shelter and Law Enforcement Divisions. 



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803 Gales Avenue - Winner of the Benjamin Forsyth Award

Built in 1928, the property is a contributing building to the Ardmore Historic District. William and Sherry Beasley purchased this house in the Ardmore Historic District in 1983. Since purchasing the property, they have continued to work on their front yard; planting, replacing and manicuring the landscaping. Their garden reflects the trends of gardens in the early 1920's in that it is full of perennials, shrubs and trees; planted from the street curb to the front door of the house. Their work has had a large impact on their neighborhood.



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Central Family YMCA - Winner of the Benjamin Forsyth Award

John Newman, of John Newman Garden Design, created the gardens at the entrance to the Central Family YMCA building. He started the garden in 1993 and has continued to repair and manicure the garden as renovations at the YMCA have occurred.

The garden is inspired by nature with an informal design to reflect more of a garden than just landscaping. This has been achieved with mature species that give four seasons of interest through woody ornamentals and evergreens. The intent of the garden is to expose the people of Forsyth County to a diversity of ornamental plantings. 



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Hanes Community Center - Winner of the Flora Ann Bynum Award

The property located on the corner of Coliseum Drive and University Parkway is shaded by beautiful oaks, ornamental cherries, southern magnolias and dogwoods. In the late 1980's to early 1990's, the beautiful oaks were topped and stripped of their dignity. The large diameter willow oaks were then left to fight for survival until property manager David Miner and arborist David Lusk decided to preserve these large trees by method of reconstruction pruning. The willow oaks had extensive large diameter dead limbs and decay, which became a concern for their health and vigor. Reconstructive pruning enabled the trees to store their energy reserves efficiently and naturally. It is also important to note that these trees are no longer a safety liability.



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Single Brothers Garden at Old Salem - Winner of the Flora Ann Bynum Award

As part of Old Salem Museums & Gardens continuing efforts to restore the landscape of Historic Salem, recently they completed the restoration of the Single Brothers' Garden. If you have not visited for some time, it would be difficult to miss the massive transformation that has taken place behind the Single Brother's House.

Where the garden complex now sits was the old Visitors Center constructed during the 1960s and demolished in 2004. After years of planning and work, cultivating green space has be restored. The primary reason for restoring this garden is to expand the interpretation of the landscape to include important elements of Salem's cultural history, including the large-scale cultivation practices of the Single Brother's Choir.

The project's success can be attributed to the fact that the mission of the museum appealed to the collective memory and self-identity of the Winston-Salem community. This restoration is one of the largest garden restoration projects in recent years anywhere in the country. The removal of structures and reclamation of green space in a city environment has a profoundly positive impact on the well-being of those who visit and reside in this urban setting. 



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David Lusk - Winner of the George Black Award

Lusk Tree Services, is committed to care, management and preservation of trees and woodlands in the Piedmont Triad Area. They have a reputation of providing quality service. They consider each tree and each job with unique and deserving of the most modern arboricultural practices available in order to insure the safety, beauty and health of trees.

 Owner and founder, David Lusk, is a Winston-Salem native and has owned Lusk Tree Service for 28 years. He has studied arboriculture under Dr. Alex Shigo, an internationally recognized tree expert. Not only does David operate a company that is respected for the work they do to protect and preserve trees but he also teaches tree maintenance to service clubs, schools and other interested parties through lectures and demonstrations.



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Reynolda House - Winner of the Classic Award

Reynolda House, built in 1917 by Katherine Smith Reynolds and Richard Joshua Reynolds, occupied the center of a once 1,067 acre estate. The main house serves as the Reynolda House Museum of American Art and was opened to the public in 1965. Today, a large portion of Reynolda can be explored on foot. The property includes the main house, and twenty-eight of the original thirty buildings, restored formal gardens noted for their weeping cherry trees, and a sixteen-acre, lake which has reverted to wetlands.

Work continues on the grounds of Reynolda. Most recently a modern addition was constructed on the rear of the main house. Great care was taken so that design did not conflict with the historic character of the house and so that the addition could not be viewed from the main elevations. In 1999, the restoration of the Greenhouse Gardens was completed. Maintenance of these formal gardens and the natural trails on the grounds are ongoing.

Reynolda House has demonstrated commitment to the enhancement and preservation of the Reynolda Estate. It is a treasure to be discovered and enjoyed by the entire community. 



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Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful - Winner of the Community Appearance Commission Award

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful was organized in 1979 as the Winston-Salem Clean Community Committee. The original purpose of the organization was to promote public interest in the general improvement of the environment as well as to initiate, plan and coordinate programs for litter control for the Winston-Salem community on a sustainable basis, implement and maintain the Clean Community Program and develop plans for improving the health, sanitation and safety of the city by beautifying the streets, highways, stream banks, lots, yards and similar places.

Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful oversees many activities in the City to promote beautification: Big Sweep, an annual fall event to clean up local waterways; Community Roots day, an annual spring tree planting event; Flower Bulb Blitz; Great Winston-Salem clean up, a spring roadway clean up effort; Adopt a Flower Bed, Street and/or Stream programs; Clean and Green, and education program for local schools; and the Flower Bed Program. Most recently they have also added the Graffiti Patrol and Sign Sweeper program.

The Community Appearance Commission is pleased to honor Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful. Their programs have made a positive impact on the community in which we live and work.


Posted 10/25/07

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