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Liberty's Miller Pasture earns statewide award

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POSTED: April 16, 2010 1:19 p.m.
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The Jan and Dennis Waters Educational and Welcome Center at Miller Pasture won the Marguerite Williams Award from the Georgia Trust for Historical Preservation. The award is presented to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state.

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Recently featured in the first edition of Liberty Life magazine, the Jan and Dennis Waters Educational and Welcome Center at Miller Pasture also received one of the most prestigious preservation awards in the state, according to Theodore J. Vittoria a New York attorney and trustee of the D.C. Miller Trust.
Vittoria issued a press release saying the house, which was built in 1910 for Herbert Dunlevie, treasurer of the Dunlevie Lumber Yard, was honored at the March 19 meeting of The Georgia Trust for Historical Preservation with its highest preservation award, the Marguerite Williams Award.
Vittoria said the award is presented to the project that has had the greatest impact on preservation in the state.
The award was under the category of Excellence in Rehabilitation which, according to the trust’s Web site, recognizes exemplary restoration of historic structures.
A panel of eight members and two Georgia Trust staff decided the house portrayed an accurate restoration, depicting the form, features and character of a historic building as it appeared at a particular period of time. The restoration required sensitive upgrading of mechanical systems and other code-required work to make the site functional.
Rehabilitation project manager Joe Rothwell has said he started his research while still a student at the Savannah College of Arts and Design. The architect was Lominack Kolman Smith Architects of Savannah and the contractor was Pier and Beam Construction.
In 2007 SCAD students, including Rothwell, made assessments and recommendations to the D. C. Miller Trust and the Georgia Trust, who partnered for the rehabilitation project.
Accepting the award, Vittoria congratulated the Miller trustees, the initial 17 SCAD students, Rothwell and SCAD professor James Abraham who led the students.
The Miller project encompasses 1,500 acres held in perpetuity as a wildlife preserve complete with nature trails and bird walks. 
In October it was the site for the centennial celebration for Allenhurst. 
 

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