April 30, 2004
CW wins two prestigious Arthur Ross Architecture Awards
The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has won two Arthur Ross Awards from the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America. The institute gave the foundation one award in the Stewardship category and a second in the category of Patronage. Named for the honorary chairman of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America’s board of directors, the Arthur Ross Awards for Excellence in the Classical Tradition began in 1981. They are given annually to individuals, firms, organizations and patrons in selected fields to honor their present-day contributions to classical architecture in the United States.
“Colonial Williamsburg is legendary,” said the institute in announcing the awards. “The re-creation of the town is not only a living museum of ideas and artifacts, but a model of enlightened urbanism. The clarity and practicality of its layout and the elegance of its architectural language has served as a model for a new generation of architects and planners who are now seeking to design more humane and historically grounded settings.”
“The jury cited not only the brilliance of Colonial Williamsburg as first conceived but also the foundation’s ongoing commitment to design excellence and enlightened interpretation,” said Institute President Paul Gunther. “In making our presentation to Colonial Williamsburg, we also celebrated the lessons of traditional urban planning, which the foundation imparts to the visiting public and innovative practitioners alike. It is the totality of the historic community that enlivens each part.”
“It is an honor to join the company of so many noted organizations and architects who have received this award in the past two decades,” said Colin G. Campbell, Colonial Williamsburg’s president, chairman and chief executive officer. “Since the earliest days of our town’s restoration, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation has sought to fulfill its educational mission of helping the future learn from the past by dedicating itself to architectural excellence and the preservation of cultural and material resources for future generations.” Campbell and his wife, Nancy, chairman emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, accepted the awards Monday, May 3 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City.
Among past recipients of the Arthur Ross Award is Quinlan Terry of Essex, England, who received an award in the Architecture category in 2002. Terry served as the designer for the College Corner Building, the new retail and office building in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square.
In making this year’s selections, the jury noted Colonial Williamsburg’s stewardship of important architectural and historic resources, commitment to preservation, quality craftsmanship and authenticity, and the foundation’s encouragement of excellence in planning and design. The jury cited the College Corner Building as a particularly fine example honoring classical architectural traditions. The institute also noted the accumulation of knowledge at Colonial Williamsburg as a significant contribution to the understanding of history and lifestyles of the 18th century.