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OLLU to receive preservation award for rehabilitation of Main Building

Our Lady of the Lake University’s Main Building gains recognition once again by being named as an honoree for the 2013 Preservation Texas Annual Honor Awards.

Sponsored by Preservation Texas, Inc., the Honor Awards recognize outstanding and inspiring accomplishments in historic preservation throughout Texas.

Main Building will receive the Historic Rehabilitation Award. The award acknowledges the proper rehabilitation of a historic resource to an earlier or original appearance.

The following appears on Preservation Texas’ website regarding Main Building’s rehabilitation and:

“Our Lady of the Lake’s Main Building and adjoining campus is exemplary of Chateauesque Revival architecture and the most prominent landmark on the city’s West Side. In 2008 the building was nearly lost to a fire that destroyed its roof and fourth floor and heavily damaged its lower levels. The university restored the heavily damaged, but irreplaceable landmark, bringing it up to 21st century-academic facility standards while maintaining its historic integrity. Today, Main Building stands as an inspiration to all in San Antonio as one of the first iconic contributors to the revitalization of a neighborhood that is primed for growth and investments. Its completion has led to plans to renew nearby Elmendorf Lake and rethink 24th Street as it passes through the campus in front of Main Building.”

The awards ceremony will take place on Dec. 5 at 5:30 p.m. at Mission San Jose. The event is open to the public. Tickets are $45 each.

For more information, visit www.preservationtexas.org

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