The Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy Board of Directors will grant the second biannual Kristin Visser Historical Preservation Award in 2009.
The award is given every other year to an idividual or organization in recognition of past work in historical preservation of a Frank Lloyd Wright or Prairie School building in Wisconsin or a contiguous state. In general, buildings constructed between 1900 and 1925 are given preference, and the restoration work shall have been substantially done within the two calendar years previous to the year of application, in this case, for work done during 2007 and 2008.
The award is in the amount of $5,000.
The inaugural award was given in 2007 to Steve Sikora and Lynette Erickson-Sikora, for their work in restoring the Willey House, in Minneapolis.
Applicants are asked to support their applications with a statement fully describing the restoration project, including its state of completion, a supporting statement from the building contractor and/or architect, a letter or letters of support from scholars and/or working professionals familiar with the project, photographic evidence of work competed, and any other appropriate materials. Applications will be judged by a panel of members of the Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy, along with several outside experts/scholars.
March 15, 2009 is the deadline for applications for work done in 2007-2008. The award recipient will be announced on April 15, and the award presented at the Seth Peterson Cottage in July 2009.
The award is named in honor of Kristin Visser, who was instrumental in the restoration of the cottage and a tireless worked in its behalf. She is the author of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School in Wisconsin, and with John Eifler, Frank Lloyd Wright's Seth Peterson Cottage: Rescuing a Lost Masterwork. Visser, who was a planner for the Wisconsin State Department of Natural Resources, died in 1998 at the age of 48.
The Seth Peterson Cottage, located in Mirror Lake State Park, near Wisconsin Dells, is Frank Lloyd Wright's final Wisconsin commission (1958) and, at only 880 square feet, one of his smallest. It was rescued from ruin by the concerted efforts of a partnership effort. Dedicated in 1992, it serves today as a unique rental vacation cottage, managed by the Seth Peterson Cottage Conservancy.
Applications should be sent to award committee chairman Jerry Minnich, 821 Prospect Place, Madison, WI 53703. Questions may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.