The National Trust for Historic Preservation will present its Peter H. Brink Award for Individual Achievement to Bernice Radle, founder and managing partner of Buffalove Development. Radle is one of 17 award winners to be honored by the National Trust during its 2014 PastForward National Preservation Conference this week in Savannah, Georgia.
Through her Buffalove work, Radle works to create cool urban spaces in an affordable, sustainable and high-design way. Her organization is bringing new life to four properties in Buffalo that were either foreclosed upon or on the brink of demolition. Unlike a typical development company, her long-term vision for these rescued properties blends art, community, historic preservation and neighborhood development. She is also a strong voice with the nonprofit, Buffalo’s Young Preservationists, helping a small army of preservation folks filled with enthusiasm and passion to preserve Buffalo’s future.
“Whether online or on-the-ground, Bernice Radle is constantly innovating to reinvigorate her favorite city,” said Stephanie Meeks, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “Her creative and hands-on approach has changed the face of preservation, and the conversation around it, in Buffalo.”
The award will be presented at the Richard H. Driehaus National Preservation Awards ceremony in Savannah, Ga., on November 13, 2014.
The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. These efforts include citizen attempts to save and maintain important landmarks; companies and craftsmen whose work restores the richness of the past; the vision of public officials who support preservation projects and legislation in their communities; and educators and journalists who help Americans understand the value of preservation. The winners of the National Preservation Awards will appear online at www.PreservationNation.org/awards.