Reflections Holiday Issue | Volume 17, Number 5 - Page 19

cifically the historic buildings that stood in Bryan County at Henry Ford ' s arrival . The guidelines preserve these historic resources and ensure all future development is harmonious in size , scale , material , and siting with the historic buildings ."
In addition , architectural design guidelines in the District are " intended to establish an inviting image and welcoming character along the City ' s main entry points into and through the community which complements the historic character protected by the Ford Avenue Historic District …”
This August , Mayor Russ Carpenter presented the Architectural Excellence Award to three local businesses ; GeoVista Federal Credit Union , Great Oaks Bank , and St . Joseph ' s / Candler Urgent Care . The award " recognizes design excellence within the City of Richmond Hill that strives to protect the unique character and integrity of areas that embody significant elements of Richmond Hill ' s history and present a positive image along key entry points to the community . The recipient has added value to our community in a way that establishes an inviting and welcoming character along the City ' s highly visible corridors . The quality development and harmonious design also complement the historic character protected by the Ford Avenue Historic District .”
In 2019 , the City of Richmond Hill received its own state award for Excellence in Rehabilitation of the former Henry Ford Bakery from the Georgia Trust which recognizes projects that make compatible use of a building through repair , alterations or additions while preserving features of the property that convey its historic value .
As we approach the 35th anniversary of the society in 2022 , I applaud the collective efforts of these organizations , elected officials , business owners , and citizens who value historic preservation for both social and economic reasons . We have challenges ahead but let ' s continue working together to tell our remarkable story . •
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