Preservation award given to Fife
Saturday, September 14, 2013 5:00 AM
Madison preservationist Camille Fife will be honored tonight with Indiana Landmarks Servaas Award, a recognition given annually to a Hoosier for outstanding achievement in historic preservation.
Indiana Landmarks will present the award in Indianapolis, along with a $1,000 cash prize. Fife was nominated by Madison resident Jan Vetrhus.
As president of The Westerly Group, a consulting firm, Fife has worked with landmarks across the state for more than 30 years.
Her projects have ranged from identifying the rehabilitation needs of an early brick farmhouse to documenting the historic buildings in an entire town. Fife has advised historic building owners on how to restore their properties, and developed strategic adaptive use plans for complexes of underutilized landmarks.
"Many nonprofit clients have benefited from Camille Fife's creativity and coaching on funding sources and ways to draw popular attention and support," said Indiana Landmarks Honorary Chairman Randall T. Shepard, who will present the award.
Sites and districts across the state have won listing in the National Register of Historic Places through Fife's efforts including individual sites, residential and commercial historic districts in Fort Wayne, New Albany, Princeton, Beverly Shores, Clinton, Brazil, South Bend, Terre Haute, Rising Sun, Logansport, Gosport, and Frankfort. Five Indiana county courthouses-Benton, Newton, Ripley, Sullivan and Green - won National Register listing based on her nominations.
Fife authored National Register nominations for Trader's Point in Boone and Marion counties, among the state's rare rural historic districts.
In Madison, her firm spearheaded the survey of more than 2,000 landmarks that helped the city win National Historic Landmark for the Ohio River town in 2006.
In a recent two-year stint as the city's first full-time historic preservation planner, she revamped the application processes for the Historic District Board of Review and created a reference guide for district property owners.
"With Camille, it's not just work for hire," says Indiana Landmarks President Marsh Davis. "She's passionate about preservation and, time and again, she's gone the extra mile, even when the project budget wouldn't cover her time. She's also been involved in many preservation projects purely as a volunteer."