Edina, Minn., Feb. 16, 2022 – The nomination period for the Edina Heritage Award is now open. Each year, the award is given by the Edina Heritage Preservation Commission to a local business, person or neighborhood for a commitment to preserving, rehabilitating or restoring a historical place in the city.
“Every May we celebrate our past during National Preservation Month. Part of that celebration is honoring those who have taken great care of our historic resources,” said Annie Schilling, Heritage Preservation Commission Chair. “Edina honors those amazing stewards of our past with our Heritage Preservation Award. It is our great privilege to award those exemplary Edina preservers of history!”
The Heritage Award was established in 2003 to showcase local preservation activity happening on Edina properties. Any individual, company or organization is eligible for the award, including non-residents, but the historic property or resource must be located in Edina. Current members of the Heritage Preservation Commission and past recipients are not eligible for the award.
The 2021 Heritage Award was given to Steven Suckow and Holly Ziemer for their restoration of a classic Mid-Century Modern home at 5900 Olinger Blvd. Originally built in 1966 by the Lundgren Company, it was purchased by Suckow and Ziemer in 2008 and restored in 2019, emphasizing classic California Modern designs refined by Joseph Eichler and others.
Previous winners include the 44th & France Small Area Plan, Mueller Residence, Johnson/Anton House, Vayda House, Savory’s Gardens, Arthur Erickson House, Southdale Center, Convention Grill, St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, a colonial revival home in the Edina Country Club District, the Coddington House on Blake Road, Edina Morningside Community Church, the historic Sly Farmhouse on Brookview Avenue, the Morningside Neighborhood, Edina Cinema for its iconic sign, the Baird House, and the Baker Home.
Award nominations are due 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 4. Nominations can be submitted online at EdinaMN.gov/HeritageAward. Submissions should include the address of the heritage resource; description of its preservation, rehabilitation or restoration; and the name and address of the owner (if applicable). A photo should also be included. Entries can also be mailed to Edina Heritage Award, Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St., Edina, MN 55424.
The award will be presented at the Edina City Council Meeting during National Preservation Month in May. For more information about the Heritage Award, contact Assistant City Planner Emily Bodeker at 952-826-0462 or ebodeker@EdinaMN.gov.