Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance

Last updated Sep. 20, 2016 - 10:06 am
Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance

About the Awards:

The Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance recognize outstanding new contributions to the character, environment and appearance of the City of Raleigh. Since 1983, the Raleigh City Council has presented more than 200 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards to developers, designers, building owners, community groups, civic clubs, churches and citizens.

2016 Awards Ceremony

Congratulations to the 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards!

The 2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards was held on Wednesday, September 7 at CAM Raleigh. Over 220 attendees helped celebrate this year’s 12 award winners. Visit the photo album to view photos of the event and the award winners.

2016 Sir Walter Raleigh Award Winners:


The Ten at South Person, 516-522 S. Person St.

Hungry Neck Urban Infill, 554 & 556 E. Edenton St. & 558, 562 & 567 New Bern Ave


The Aloft Raleigh Hotel, 2100 Hillsborough Street

Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU), 3600 Wake Forest Rd.

Historic Preservation/Rehabilitation

Church on Morgan, 136 East Martin St.

Lewis-Smith House, 515 N. Blount St.

Public Facilities and Spaces

Talley Student Union Addition and Renovation, North Carolina State University, 2610 Cates Ave.

Landscape Design

Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve, 2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd.

Public Service

Jane B. Thurman

Beginning and Beyond Child Development Center: Design + Build, 322 E. Cabarrus St.

Community Impact

Boulted Bread Company, 614 W. South St.


Raleigh Murals Project, 707 E. Lane St.


SWRA Sponsors

Program Sponsorship Information - Contact Carter Pettibone if you are interested in becoming an event sponsor.

2016 Award Categories

Award Categories:

  • Residential:
    Awards for this category are given for new residential development, conversion to residential use, or improvement made to existing residential areas. The entry may be for either multi-family developments or single-family developments of multiple buildings.
  • Commercial:
    Awards in this category are presented for all types of new retail, office construction, or adaptive use and may include industrial, warehouse or corporate projects that have a positive impact on the city's visual environment.
  • Historic Preservation/Rehabilitation:
    Awards in this category are given for preservation or rehabilitation of existing buildings, especially Raleigh's historic resources.
  • Public Facilities & Spaces:
    Awards in this category are for local, state and federal projects including office, education and transportation-related facilities and may also be given for projects which enhance the appearance and livability of public areas of the City, including parks, streets, neighborhoods, and churches.
  • Landscape Design:
    Awards in this category are for projects that exemplify an integrated approach to resource conservation, a respect for existing features of the site and/or significantly preserve Raleigh's natural features and trees, including exemplary design of utilitarian site elements transformed into public amenities.
  • Public Service:
    Awards in this category are given for groups or individuals who have created and implemented projects of any scale that improve the appearance and/or environment of the City.

Awards are made based on project merit, as determined by the selection criteria. Awards are not necessarily made in every category, nor are there a predetermined number of awards in a category in any given year.

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