August 16 Is Deadline for Sir Walter Raleigh Awards Nominations

News posted Jul. 24, 2013 - 9:30 am

The City of Raleigh is accepting nominations for the 2013 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards for Community Appearance. The annual awards recognize outstanding new construction, building renovation, and natural resource conservation in the Capital City.

Coordinated by the City of Raleigh Appearance Commission, the awards program was established in 1983 to celebrate exemplary achievements in enhancing the city’s appearance. This year the program marks its 31st anniversary. More than 200 projects, sites, and individuals have been honored to date.

Awards are offered in 12 categories, including new residential, commercial, or institutional construction, historic preservation/rehabilitation, sustainable design, and tree and landscape conservation. The award for “Maintained Outstanding Appearance” honors projects five years old or older. The “Individual” award is presented to a citizen who has consistently worked to preserve or improve city appearance.

The deadline for entries for the awards is Friday, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m. Nominations can be made online at or dropped off at the City of Raleigh Planning and Development offices on the third floor at One Exchange Plaza at 219 Fayetteville St. Nominations also may be mailed to: Raleigh Appearance Commission, Planning and Development, City of Raleigh, P.O. Box 590, Raleigh, 27602-0590. Also required, in addition to project information, are 10 or more digital photos of each nominated project or individual, submitted directly online or on CD or flash drive.

An independent jury will review the nominations. Award winners will be selected based on specific criteria, including exhibition of a new standard of excellence, awareness of land stewardship, innovation, conservation of natural and/ or historic resources, and exceeding applicable ordinances. The Raleigh City Council will confirm the jury’s selections. Awards will be presented at a ceremony on Oct. 22 at the Raleigh Contemporary Art Museum.

The 2013 Sir Walter Raleigh Awards are sponsored by the City of Raleigh.

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