The Hospitality Houses at Methodist Medical Center have won the 2016 Historic Preservation Award, the Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association announced Friday.
The award is presented by the ORHPA each year on Oak Ridge’s birthday, September 19. That’s the day in 1942 that General Leslie Groves selected this area as the first site in support of the top-secret Manhattan Project, a federal program to build the world’s first atomic weapons during World War II.
The Hospitality Houses are managed by Kim Maes of Methodist Medical Center, a press release said. These houses are original Oak Ridge E-2 duplexes located at 210 and 216 West Tennessee Avenue.
A third E-2 located next to the others is being renovated and will soon be ready for service.
Families that have someone being treated at MMC can stay at the Hospitality Houses. They are supported through annual fundraising and provide a very valuable service to the community, the press release said.
“The ORHPA offers the Historic Preservation Award to say thank you to the owners and managers of our historic buildings for maintaining the historic integrity of our early Oak Ridge structures,” the press release said. “Such preservation efforts help tell the unique Oak Ridge Story and are a real asset to the new Manhattan Project National Historical Park.”
This year’s award will be presented on Monday, September 19, at 1 p.m. at 210 West Tennessee Avenue. The public is welcome to attend.
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