Historic Richmond and storefront for community design are excited to announce the winners of the Golden Hammer Award. We had a record breaking 48 nominations this year! Over 150 people were attendance on November 2 to support those who were nominated.  It was a wonderful night to celebrate the variety of nominations and how each project brought new life to our historic built environment and their impact on our communities. Judges opted to split categories into “large” and “small” projects, or those above or below 5,000 square feet. The best place-making category was divided between “private” and “public” projects. Photos and a description of the winning projects are below.

Best Adaptive Reuse

Small- Jackson Modern

Large- Saunders Station

Best New Construction

Small- Maggie Walker Community Land Trust, First Home

Large- Varina Area Library

Best Placemaking Project

Private- The Garden at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church

Public- Maggie Lena Walker Memorial Plaza

Best Restoration Project

Small- Ledbury Flagship Store and Corporate Headquarters

Large- Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia


  View the map to see this year’s nominations!


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