Palestine building wins statewide award

PALESTINE — After being named a finalist in the category in August, the Duncan Depot Antiques/Lucas Hardware Building in Palestine was recently named a winner in the Best Restoration category of the 2011 Texas Downtown Association (TDA) Presidents Awards Program.

Winners were announced at the Texas Downtown Development and Revitalization Conference held at the Hotel Fredonia in Nacogdoches on Nov. 3. Since 1998, the Awards Program has recognized more than 150 projects, events and people that make a difference in Texas downtowns.

Duncan Depot Antiques, located at 105 W. Spring St. in the Main Street Palestine District, has been under restoration for the past two years by Duncan Depot Antiques owner Lily Duncan.

“The credit goes to our preservation contractor, Paul Priestner. He not only made our building look historically correct, he made sure the materials were from the correct period. Only our glass is new,” Duncan said in August. “The cast iron store front, ceiling tin, bead board, brick, and door materials and hardware are all from structures over a hundred years old. That makes our building a green restoration and I am proud of that.”

The Best Restoration award recognizes excellence in restoration of the interior or exterior of an existing building.  Judges were impressed at the restoration of the building and attention to historic detail. The Byrne-Reed House/Humanities Texas in Austin was also named a winner in this category.

Judging for the awards took place on Aug. 5, in Austin. The distinguished jury panel included the following representatives: Jim Adams, McCann Adams Studio; Terri Davis, AJR Media Group; Pete Gasper, Laurie Smith Design Associates; and Lori Martin, Paramount Theatre.

The Texas Downtown Association, established in 1985, is a statewide nonprofit organization comprised of more than 400 members involved in downtown revitalization projects.

By fostering development and revitalization, TDA strives to enhance the economic vitality of Texas downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts by providing resources, networking opportunities, education and advocacy.  For more information, visit

( / 11.11.2011)

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