Heritage Award


The Edina Heritage Preservation Board (HPB) sponsors an annual “Edina Heritage Award” to showcase local historic preservation activity. The award is presented during National Preservation Month, usually the first week of May. The National Trust for Historic Preservation sponsors Preservation Month in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society, the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota and other statewide and local organizations.


  • The Edina Heritage Award will be given to the individual, family, company or organization that has contributed to the historic fabric of the community and made an outstanding contribution to the preservation, rehabilitation, restoration and use of Edina’s heritage resource.
  • Any individual, company or organization is eligible to be nominated for the award, including non-residents, but in order to be considered, the heritage resource must be located in the City of Edina.
  • Current members of the Edina Heritage Preservation Board are not eligible.
  • One award is given each year.


  • The deadline to submit a nomination is 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2016. Click here to make a nomination.
  • Nominations will be submitted to the Edina Heritage Award, Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.
  • A committee appointed by the Heritage Preservation Board will select and notify the award winner.
  • A commemorative plaque will be presented to the award winner at a regular meeting of the Edina City Council during National Preservation Month in May.

Previous recipients include:


2003 - George Baird House – 4400 W. 50th St:

Recognizing the care taken when adding an addition to the rear of the home.

2004 - Edina Theater Sign:

Built in 1934, the sign was demolished by a tornado in 1980 and rebuilt to the original specifications. In 2003, the building owner extensively overhauled the sign – researching the color palate of the art deco era.

2005 - Morningside Neighborhood:

Recognizing the 100th anniversary of the neighborhood, which was celebrated all year in 2005 with monthly events geared toward celebrating their history.

2006 - Sly Farmhouse - 6128 Brookview Ave.:

Constructed in 1866 on original 160 acre farmstead north of Valley View and east of Concord Avenue. Current owners built a basement family room where there had been no basement. The same company that moved the historic Shubert Theater oversaw the process, suspending the home over the work space while the family continued to reside in the house.

2007 - Edina Morningside Community Church (EMCC) - 4201 Morningside Road:

Home to a United Church of Christ congregation that dates back to 1902, the current church building dates back to 1922, when the Morningside Congregational Church congregation moved from what is now a single family home at 4003 Morningside Road. Although EMCC experienced several significant building phases, the structure maintains a timeless quality, with each addition blending seamlessly into the next – meeting the growing needs of not only their congregation, but the community at large.

2009 - Coddington House – 300 Blake Road:

This wood framed, Craftsman-style home was constructed in 1911 by Elmer Coddington, a comptroller at the Minneapolis Moline tractor factory in nearby Hopkins. After decades of neglect, Bob Sauer and Robert Zoller purchased the home in 1989, and seeing its potential, worked painstakingly on preserving and renovating the home, detached garage, as well as the grounds. This early Edina homestead was recognized for being a showpiece of the West Minneapolis Heights and Mendelssohn neighborhoods.

2010 – Peter & Sandy Cochrane’s Home – 4611 Arden Ave.:

This 1938 American Colonial Revival home located in the historic Country Club District underwent an extensive renovation in 2009 – 2010 to include a new front entry portico and new detached garage. The attached garage was converted to a mudroom and an expanded patio area, and new windows and siding were included. The Cochranes received a Certificate of Appropriateness for the new front entry and detached garage from the Heritage Preservation Board. This Country Club District home is applauded for the homeowner’s attention to detail and concern for the home’s historic integrity.

2011 – St. Stephen's Episcopal Church – 4439 W. 50th St.:

The 2011 Preservation Award was presented to St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church as they prepare for their 75th anniversary celebration. The original sanctuary, dedicated on March 19, 1939 was inspired by the parish churches of rural England. Over the years, the church has undergone three major construction projects. Yet with each project, the church nestled into its creek side location stayed true to the faithful interpretation of the original English country heritage. The Heritage Award celebrates the spirit of the community through wonderful structures such as St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church. There is a community pride that is felt toward this building whether one attends its services, or simply enjoys driving by to take in its splendor.

2012 – The Convention Grill – 3912 Sunnyside Road: 

Recognized for being a historic Edina gathering place since 1941, The Convention Grill has served its classic burgers, fries and malts to generations of Edina residents. Its classic menu compliments the Art Moderne architecture of the building with its glass block windows, steel trim and neon lighting on the exterior; while the interior takes one back in time with the original lunch counter, intimate booths and juke box. After over 70 years of service, The Convention Grill is applauded for enriching the historic fabric of the community.

2013- Southdale Center- 10 Southdale Center:

The nation's first fully enclosed, climate-controlled mall. The mall underwent a $20 million renovation to bring back the mall's mid-century design. Southdale Center originally opened in 1956 consisting of a 800,000 square-foot space. The mall then consisted of a grocery store, upscale apparel stores and a small zoo. Now, the mall consists of 1.3 million square feet. The mall consisted of a unique delivery style-underground. This tunnel system is still used today. This keeps deliveries made to the mall unable to be seen from the streets and parking lot. 

2014 - Arthur Erickson House – 5501 Londonderry Road:

The Arthur Erickson House was built in 1950 through the direction of (Frank) Lloyd Wright Jr. Arthur Erickson and his brother Alfred, who ran a petroleum business that eventually became Holiday Stationstores, commissioned two homes on the west side of Edina. The home belonging to Alfred was torn down in 1998, making the preservation of the Arthur Erickson home even more exceptional. Wright brought many elements of the outdoors into his design of the home, including indoor, irrigated planters that line the edge of the house. Each planter is shaped like a triangle, with two of the three sides serving as floor to ceiling windows looking out into the yard. In addition to many windows, the home has a sprawling “Z” shape that allows each room to have an open and bright feeling.

The home has been cared for and preserved by Brian and Linda Tell since 1993.

2015 - Savory's Gardens - 5300 Whiting Avenue: 

Owned by Arlene Savory and her son Dennis, Savory's Gardens is a long standing nursery business, originating in 1946, Savory's is nestled into a residential neighborhood south dotted with vegetable and hobby farms. The Savory family originally owned 12 acres, but as their property was sold off for residential development, they continued to maintain their homestead and family business.

Savory's Gardens personifies the theme for 2015 Heritage Preservation Month "Explore Edina's Hidden Treasures"; flourishing as a renowned source for rare hostas with hybridization of in excess of 2,000 varieties over the years -- their gardens are open to the public and provide a beautiful retreat within the city limits.

2016 - Vayda Residence - 5201 Wooddale Ave.

Owners Doug & Patricia Vayda worked closely with Rehkamp Larson Architects to build upon the historic character found in this quaint 1935 Tudor home.

In order to preserve signature rooms - the entry, dining room, and vaulted living room - the addition was designed to sit back on the site, allowing the historic living room gable to keep its prominent position on the front façade.

The height of the eaves and profiles, sash size of the windows, style of the brick, interior trim profiles, door and arch styles, and plaster wall texture all remain untouched in the original areas of the house and are meticulously repeated throughout the new space.

New cabinetry inspired by existing details, custom wrought iron railings with a historic blackened finish and salvaged door hardware help to preserve the house’s integrity.

The overall sensitivity to scale, form, materials, and craftsmanship successfully created a seamless unified house with consistent period character, and elevated its overall size and function for modern living.


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