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The ACBA Honors Award

The Irrepresible Legacy of Richard Moe

Richard Moe

The Oscars has its movie stars, the Grammys its musicians. Beginning in 2017, the American College of the Building Arts rolls out the Red Carpet for the nation’s most outstanding leaders in the fields of preservation, architecture and the building arts. Join us as we honor those who create and protect the world’s most significant built treasures.

ACBA is proud to present this inaugural award in 2017 to Richard Moe, President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1993-2010. As the Washington Post notes: “There are few pulpits bullier” than the one held by Moe for 16 years, during which he lead initiatives to:

  • distinguish the NTHP as the nation’s most powerful voice for historic preservation;
  • transform the Trust from a small government agency operating on a $29.2 million budget to a $55 million agency with a $232 million private endowment;
  • successfully stopped plans to build a $650 million theme park just a few miles from the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia;
  • direct critical resources into the region affected by Hurricane Katrina and prevent federal funds from being used for wholesale demolition.

  • The Awards Dinner

    The celebration will include an Awards Dinner prepared by Beard Award-winning chef Mike Lata; an exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour of some of Charleston’s most historically and architecturally significant private properties rarely seen by the public; and a Gala Cocktail set at the historic Miles Brewton House, c. 1765. Participation is limited to 100 guests.

    February 23-24, 2017
    Gadsden House, c. 1785, Feb. 23, 6:30PM
    Tours, February 24, departing from Trolley Barn, 649 Meeting St., at 8:30AM
    Cocktails at the Miles Brewton House, c.1765, Feb. 24, 6:00PM

    Architectural Treasures Tour

    On Friday, participants will have the opportunity to visit some of Charleston’s most significant architectural and historical treasures, private sites rarely seen by the public. They include:

  • The Robert William Roper House, c. 1838
  • St. James Goose Creek Parish Church, c. 1713-1719
  • Mulberry Plantation, c. 1712
  • Lunch at South Mulberry, c. 1835
  • St. James Goose Creek Chapel of Ease Historical Site, c. 1715

  • Benefitting

    ACBA's scholarship endowment. $5,000 donation for a party of four ($1,250 per individual) includes all Thursday and Friday activities and events. Special lodging arrangements are also available.

    Contact Information

    Mrs. Leigh Handal at
    Phone: 843-577-5245
    Fax: 843-764-9832

    Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Mailing Address:

    Office of Development
    649 Meeting Street
    Charleston, SC 29403

    Additional Information

    For any additional information, please see this attached form.

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