Galveston Historical Foundation
Sally B. Wallace Awards

Sally B. Wallace Awards for Historic Preservation

We are accepting nominations for the 2019-2020 Sally B. Wallace Preservation Awards, recognizing outstanding projects and craftspeople involving the preservation, restoration, and enhancement of Galveston County’s historic buildings and neighborhoods. The annual award ceremony is named after the late Sally B. Wallace, one of the driving forces behind Galveston Island’s preservation movement and a pivotal figure in saving the antebellum Ashton Villa from demolition.

Galveston County projects completed after January 1, 2017 will be considered for the 2019-2020 awards. A project can be nominated either by the property owner or by another individual or group, such as a neighborhood organization, building contractor or architect.


Sally B. Wallace award recipients will be notified prior to the award ceremony. The awards will be presented in October 2020. (LOCATION TO BE DETERMINED)


  • Nominations become the property of the GHF and will not be returned unless a self-addressed, stamped envelope is provided or arrangement is made to pick up the submission from GHF offices.
  • All entries will be judged on impact to the community. Criteria include sensitivity to the historic integrity of the building and its site, preservation or replication of historic materials and quality of project craftsmanship and impact of the project, or program, on the preservation of Galveston County’s historic fabric, neighborhoods, and resources.
  • Award selection will be made by a panel of jurors comprised of preservation and design professionals and former award winners. All jury selections are final.



GHF was formed as the Galveston Historical Society in 1871 and merged with a new organization formed in 1954 as a non-profit entity devoted to historic preservation and history in Galveston County. Over the last sixty years, GHF has expanded its mission to encompass community redevelopment, historic preservation advocacy, maritime preservation, coastal resiliency and stewardship of historic properties. GHF embraces a broader vision of history and architecture that encompasses advancements in environmental and natural sciences and their intersection with historic buildings and coastal life, and conceives of history as an engaging story of individual lives and experiences on Galveston Island from the 19th century to the present day.

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