January 22, 2015 Library of Congress Announces Winner of 2014 Holland Prize

Award for Drawings of Historic Buildings, Structures and Landscapes

Press Contact: Donna Urschel, Library of Congress (202) 707-1639
Public Contact: Robert Arzola, National Park Service (202) 354-2170
Contact: For an image of the 2014 winner, contact Donna Urschel or Robert Arzola.

A drawing of Broadview Park Pavilion in Fort Worth, Texas by Fort Worth architect Paul M. Dennehy is the 2014 Holland Prize winner, the Library of Congress and the National Park Service announced today.

The Leicester B. Holland Prize recognizes the best single-sheet, measured drawing of a historic building, site or structure prepared to the standards of the Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS), Historic American Engineering Record (HAER) or the Historic American Landscapes Survey (HALS). It is an annual competition administered by the Heritage Documentation Programs of the National Park Service. The competition’s jury recommends winners to the Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering in the Library of Congress, which supports the prize through the Paul Rudolph Trust. The trust was established by, and in memory of, the distinguished American architect Paul Rudolph, a proponent of the art of architectural drawing.

Dennehy, vice-president of Dennehy Architects Inc., made his prize-winning drawing of the Broadview Park Pavilion in Fort Worth to HABS specifications. In 1935, the Civilian Conservation Corps had designed and constructed a series of park structures at the western confluence of the Trinity River as it enters Lake Worth. The pavilion is located on an east-facing bluff and offers a commanding view of the lake, parklands and the city of Fort Worth and beyond.

Submissions by Steve Utz of Meadville, Pennsylvania, and Jean-Guy Tanner Dubé of Oxnard, California, are the honorable-mention winners.

Utz submitted a HABS-measured drawing of Bentley Hall at Allegheny College in Meadville, built between 1820 and 1835. Bentley Hall is the first building constructed on the Allegheny College campus, and was designed to hold one of the country’s most impressive library collections, located in a region that, at the time, was at the edge of the nation’s western frontier. Utz is the internship coordinator in the Department of Environment Sciences at Allegheny College.

Dubé submitted a HABS-measured drawing of the Streetcar Depot, National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers in Los Angeles. Built in 1893, the depot is the sole surviving example of 16-post passenger shelters built by the Southern Pacific Railroad. Dubé is job captain at Appleton & Associates Inc., in Santa Monica, California.

The winner receives a $1,000 cash prize and a certificate of recognition. Honorable-mention recipients each receive a merit award of $500 and certificates of recognition. For information on how to participate in the Leicester B. Holland Prize: A Single-Sheet Measured Drawing Competition, visit www.nps.gov/hdp/competitions/holland.htm.

The prize is intended to increase awareness, knowledge and appreciation of historic sites, structures and landscapes throughout the United States, and to encourage the submission of drawings by professionals and students. All the drawings accepted for the competition will be added to the permanent HABS, HAER and HALS Collection in the Prints and Photographs Division of the Library of Congress. Images of many past and present Holland Prize competition drawings are available online. (For maximum detail, open the TIFF files.)

The prize honors Leicester B. Holland (1882-1952), Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA), chairman of the American Institute of Architects’ Committee on Historic Buildings, head of the Fine Arts Division of the Library of Congress and first curator of the HABS collection, a co-founder of the HABS program in the 1930s, and the first chair of the HABS Advisory Board.

The Center for Architecture, Design and Engineering in the Library of Congress, established by a bequest from the distinguished American architect Paul Rudolph, preserves and makes accessible to the public the Library’s rich collections in those subject areas. For more information, visit www.loc.gov/rr/print/adecenter/adecent.html.

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PR 15-010
ISSN 0731-3527