This story was written by Emily West for the Franklin Home Page
Supporters of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County packed the lower section of the Franklin Theatre to recognize board members and landmarks that garnered historical preservation.
The Historic Five Points Post Office/First Bank became the overall winner of the foundation’s 48th annual award ceremony Tuesday evening. The structure will receive a bronze plaque on the outside of the building to credit its win.
“What they did was turn it into one of the first-class projects of Franklin,” said Dan Brown, a member of the Tennessee Historic Commission. “They did this all while keeping the use of the space.”
The bank invested $3 million into the renovation of the building, which returned the outside façade to its original look.
Julian Bibb, co-founder of Franklin’s Charge, helped announce the award ceremony along with foundation executive director Mary Pearce. The two put on the entire show, with a full presentation of how the foundation has affected the city.
Pearce explained the past year has been positive, with the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Franklin and starting the restoration project for the Old, Old Jail on Bridge Street.
Jail reconstruction, which will become the new home for the Heritage Foundation, has also received a substantial amount of funding for its effort. So far, $1.6 million has been raised with only $500,000 remaining to reach the ultimate goal.
In addition to fixing the structure, Pearce explained the space will now have a large parking lot for a lawn chair theatre and food trucks. Organizers said the project will reach completion by the end of 2015.
“We hope this is a treasure,” Pearce said.
The economic impact for the foundation’s four events – Brewfest, Main Street, Pumpkin Fest and Dickens of a Christmas – totaled out at $2,839,875 in 2014.
A saved relic, the Franklin Theatre, sold 70,000 tickets with a $3.5 million impact for Franklin.
“We all get to enjoy it,” Bibb said. “It’s a remarkable facility. What probably goes less noticed is how much other communities notice us.”
The crowd stood in the theatre as the duo on stage talked about the efforts for the Carter House Cotton Gin, which was recently unearthed in an archeological dig last week.
Bibb and Pearce recognized Donnie Cameron, who previously owned the property, for his patience in waiting for preservationist groups to purchase the land.
“This was one of the lynch pins of that success and was one those waited a long time to see,” Bibb said.
In addition to the overall award, the foundation also awarded other locations – commercial and residential – for their efforts throughout the year.
Submitted by Burt & Beth Moses (Award of Merit, Infill Residential)
1007 West Main
Hard Bargain Carol Wall’s new home
Submitted by Carolyn Wall, Brant Bousquet, & David Crane of Crane Builders (Award of Merit, Infill Residential)
361 9th Avenue North
Submitted by Jan & Mary Wells (Award of Merit, Historic Residential)
221 Lewisburg Ave.
Submitted by Dr. Friesinger and Michael Lee Restoration (Award of Merit, Historic Residential)
215 Fifth Avenue South
Submitted by Jason Ritzen & Robynne Napier (Award of Merit, Historic Commercial)
1549 Thompson Station Road West
Submitted by Jason Collins (Award of Merit, Historic Commercial)
232 Fifth Avenue South
O’More College of Design’s Farrar Fleming Hall
Submitted by the O’More School of Interior Design (Award of Merit, Historic Commercial)
232 South Margin Street
Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church
Submitted by Mike Ensch, Christi Ensch, Lillian & Bo Stuart, Hugh & Janet Tharpe (Award of Merit, Historic Commercial)
Fifth and Main Street
Historic Five Points Post Office
Submitted by FirstBank (Overall Winner)
510 Columbia Avenue
Old Natchez Trace
Submitted by Superindent Eddie Hood & Collier Engineering (Award of Merit, Community Enhancement)
1801 Old Natchez Trace
Cannons the Square
Submitted by Dr. Sam Gant, Sam Huffman, Sam Whitson, Pam Lewis and Mike Skinner (Award of Merit, Community Enhancement)
Main Street and Third Avenue
Cotton Gin House
New board members
The Heritage Foundation also voted in its new members that will now serve of the board. Outgoing members were Connie Haley, Ann Johnson, William Powell, Bob Roethemeyer and Rudy Jordan.
• Danny Anderson, Realtor, managing broker at Parks on Main.
• David Garrett, partner at Cheatham and Palermo and Garrett.
• Kay Heller, long time preservationist, owner of Rare Prints Gallery.
• Pam Lewis, CEO of PLA Media.
• Nancy Smith, entrepreneur, community volunteer, committed to brownstone project.