Thursday, March 27, 2014

Gaut, Neff receive award from Society of Architectural Historians

The Minnesota Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians presented the 2014 David Stanley Gebhard Award for the best article to Greg Gaut (retired history professor) and Marsha Neff for “Downsizing the Public Realm: The Building and Razing of Winona's Grand Post Office.” Published by Minnesota History in the Summer 2013 issue, their article tells the story of how Winona got and lost its impressive post office.

The award was presented at the society’s annual meeting on March 19 at the Minnesota Humanities Center in St. Paul. Thomas Fisher, dean of the School of Design at the University of Minnesota, was the featured speaker.

Every two years the society gives Gebhard Awards for an article and a book on Minnesota’s architectural history. The book award winner this year was John W. Diers for St. Paul's Union Depot (University of Minnesota Press, 2013).

In 2008, Gaut and Neff won the Gebhard Award for their article on a closely related preservation controversy titled “Save the Lady: The Struggle for the Winona County Courthouse.” It was published in the Winter 2005/2006 issue of Minnesota History.