Best Façade Rehabilitation over $10,000: This award recognizes the best single façade renovation project over $10,000 that enhances the commercial district and encourages further design improvements.
Winner: Kosciusko Strand Theatre Façade Restoration
Firm: Belinda Stewart Architects
Accepting: Tonya Threet (for Mayor Jimmy W. Cockroft, Kosciusko), Ingrid Gonzalez-Featherston (BSA)
The City of Kosciusko purchased the Kosciusko Strand Theatre at 209 N. Madison Street just off the square in downtown Kosciusko for the Strand Arts Center and Museum. The scope of work included a complete restoration of the theater façade, roof replacement and structural repairs. Supported in part by funding from the Mississippi Legislature through the Mississippi Arts Commission, the city is actively pursuing further grant opportunities to complete the historic restoration of the theater. Mayor Jimmy Cockroft wanted the City to set an example of a historic approach to downtown building restoration and rehabilitation.
Diane Boutwell-Grey, whose parents managed the ticket booth at the Strand for many years, said: “Today, the Strand, that Grand Old Lady, finally has her belongings about her again. It was a touching moment for me.”
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