Ortner Preservation Award Nominations for 2022

Pictured above is the Henry Bristow School – PS 39 on 8th Street & 6th Avenue, the 2014 Ortner Award Winner for Exterior Restoration

Are you aware of a recent renovation, new building or community endeavor that has enhanced the appearance of our historic neighborhood? If you do, we would love to hear from you. Anyone can submit a nomination for the Civic Council’s annual Ortner Awards.  See the link at the end of this article.  Applications will be sent to candidates who are nominated, which must be completed and submitted by February 1, 2022. 

Park Slope is constantly threatened by poorly designed construction and irresponsible actions, especially on blocks that are not landmarked. This is why the PSCC began issuing awards in 2014 intended to recognize construction projects compatible with the neighborhood’s original architecture and interventions by residents that enhance its appearance. 

The Preservation Awards honor Evelyn and Everett Ortner who moved to Park Slope in the 1960s when the neighborhood was in decline. Long term residents were moving out, buildings were being abandoned and houses were difficult to purchase because the neighborhood had been redlined by mortgage lenders and insurance companies. The Ortners and a few of their neighbors launched an effort to encourage people to move here as part of an effort to revitalize Park Slope. Their actions resulted in Park Slope becoming the attractive and vibrant community that it is today. The couple also played a pivotal role in the creation of our Historic District, now one of the largest landmarked districts in NYC. 

Recipients of the Ortner Preservation Awards will be selected by a panel of experts in architecture, historic preservation and community engagement. The awards, sponsored by Tarzian Hardware, will be presented at the April 2022 meeting of the PSCC.

Suggestions of candidates for and questions about the Ortner Preservation Awards can be emailed to John Casson, Chair of the Ortner Award Committee at jcasson@parkslopeciviccouncil.org. Eligibility requirements for the six categories of awards and an application form can be obtained by clicking this link