This award has been created to honor those who preserve and protect. Now, more than ever our environment and the wonderful gifts that signify our historical character are under intense pressure. We salute the following national properties for their vision for understanding and responding to the tenents of responsible stewardship.

Katy Bullock, Chair, Preservation Committee
Ponce Inlet, Florida

Historic Properties


Dunleith, Natchez! The Queen on the Mississippi River!


Dunleith is an exquisite 1856 Historic Inn located in the heart of Natchez, Mississippi, overlooking the river. This unique inn is listed as a National Historic Landmark and sits on 60 landscaped acres. It is graced with the original antebellum buildings dating back to the 19th-century. Today it operates as a fully functional luxury boutique hotel, event venue, and award winning gourmet restaurant. Peter Patout, Talbot Historic Properties of New Orleans, who heads up AREA’s historic properties division, represents this property, which is listed for $6.95 M.

The Chauvet, Glen Ellen, California

The Chauvet

The original hotel for the Sonoma County (wine country) town of Glen Ellen, California was built in 1906. The Hansson Family of San Francisco has converted this incredible building into a beautiful condominium, preserving and protecting the original character for now and in the future. This property was sold through the efforts of the Wine Country’s premier residential/commercial real estate company, Terra Firma Global Properties, and was represented by Terry Wunderlich of their Napa office

In response to the award, Christine Hansson wrote:

Hi Carl: This is truly an honor and I am grateful to have been selected as a winner. Terry has been a wonderful broker and is now a great friend. Ours was not an easy project by any stretch as its historic nature was its greatest asset and greatest liability! The relationships built demonstrate the power of AREA. I asked Hans if there was anyone in the Network that we could consider as the broker for The Chauvet. After speaking with you, Carl, Hans called Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo who recommended Terry. Her acute marketing acumen and incredible patience was a match made in heaven for The Chauvet and me. The relationships built are enduring and we will turn to her again should we ever need an agent in that region. Further, I would not hesitate to recommend her to anyone.

Buildings such as The Chauvet are truly national treasures and deserve to be preserved. I thank you for this wonderful award and will see you in April.

Happy holidays,

Christine Hansson

Land Developments Dedicated to Preservation


Stone House, Green Valley, Arizona

Stone House

Located on the edge of a 50,000 acre preserve, which touches the Santa Rita Mountains with Mount Wrightson rising to 10,000 feet in elevation, it is located 17 miles south of Tucson, and is a carefully designed Custom Lot development of Tucson based Diamond Ventures. The property is represented by Shannon Murphy, Broker

We congratulate these fine developments for their responsible stewardship as they are our 2015 “National Heritage Award” winners.