At the Thursday night meeting of the Huntsville City Council, the Historic Huntsville Foundation received a commendation from Mayor Tommy Battle recognizing the Foundation's commitment to the preservation of Huntsville-Madison County's historic buildings and sites through grants made to preservation projects from the Through the Garden Gate Grant. Funded by proceeds from the sale of Through the Garden Gate, the Foundation has awarded over $500,000 to qualifying projects over the past year, including the City of Huntsville for the resurvey of Twickenham Historic District, Big Spring Partners for restoration of the historic Frist National Bank Building on Westside Square, and Lincoln Village Preservation Corporation.
Members of the HHF Board of Directors recognized at the Thursday night meeting were board chairman Jim Marek, Lucy Brown, Judy Carden, Stephanie Sherman, Kay Lowry, and Katie Stamps. Donna Castellano, author and creative director of Through the Garden Gate, accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation. The Proclamation will be displayed in the HHF conference room.
Mary Jane Caylor, Executive Director of Big Spring Partners, later expressed her sincere gratitude to the Historic Huntsville Foundation for the grant awarded to assist with needed maintenance to the historic Bank Building.