The North Hill Preservation Association was honored to present the following awards during our 44th Annual Meeting & Founders Day Celebration which was held on June 17th at the Pensacola Country Club:
Winner of the Joyce Turner Award for Historic Preservation –
Tag Purvis, CEO of FMC Management Services for the restoration of the historic Knights of Columbus Building (circa 1960) located at 519 North Palafox Street. Pensacola beat out New Orleans and Austin for the new home of FMC Management Services which moved here from Meridian, MS. Tag Purvis fell in love with North Hill and this mid-century historic building. No stranger to historic preservation, and with a substantial portfolio of previous restorations of historic structures and garden restorations around the country under his belt, Tag Purvis set out on a significant restoration and remodel of the Knights of Columbus building. He created a gorgeous new garden entrance where once was an ugly asphalt parking lot, and reconnected the site visually to Lee Square across the street with new green space and garden areas. Tag also opened up a wall of concrete to stream abundant light throughout the building from a new wall of glass, and now captures a bird’s eye view of North Hill, the Bay, and Fort George Park. Inside, the bright, open offices feature vintage office furniture from the 1960’s “Mad Men” style that suits this 1960’s structure. Tag Purvis has brought new life to this historic building and increased safety with the new windows and ‘extra’ eyes looking over this beloved Fort and park. Tag Purvis and his partner, Pablo Mirabal, also purchased the historic Max L. Bear home (circa 1924), just a few blocks away which they are also restoring, making North Hill their home in every way. Tag enjoys being able to walk and bike to work and has added office bicycles so that his many employees can bike around the neighborhood and to lunch and errands Downtown. Accepting the award on behalf of Tag Purvis was Rusty Hawkins, President of FMC Management Services.
Winner of the Edwin Marcellus Hacker, Jr. Award for Outstanding Lawn & Garden –
Caroline & Stanley McGill for their outstanding work in their garden restoration of the historic Clyde Johnson House (circa 1948) located at 150 West Desoto Street. The McGill’s moved to North Hill last year and quickly got to work making their garden a showcase in the heart of North Hill. They removed broken planting beds, gravel driveways, broken concrete pathways, old plants and dead grass to totally transform the property into a jewel box of color, with vibrant plants, new lawn, and elegant pavers which accentuate the home’s beauty. They worked closely with Wallace Landscape Architects who did a great job helping them to transform this corner property.
Special thanks to our generous Turner Award sponsors, J.D. Hayward for the photography, and Jean Russ of Creative House, for the framing of our Turner Award.