Historic Preservation Awards
Madison Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to honor projects, people and organizations in our community that demonstrate excellence in historic preservation .
Each year the Madison Trust highlights specific projects that show a high level of devotion to historic preservation through property owners, architects, designers, contractors or other participants. We also recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions in activities that support the preservation and promotion of our cultural heritage.
"Working with the Trust, as a docent [and former board member], provides an exceptional opportunity to better know the history of our city, to meet and work with like-minded historic preservation advocates, and to be a spokesperson for our sense of place."
— Jeri Grogg, tour docent, former board member & 2018 Historic Preservation Award winner (at left with Trust President, Kurt Stege)
2019 Award Recipients
2019 Awards Venue
The name Old Sugar Distillery stems from both Madison’s history of beet-sugar production and from the use of sugar as a base for many of the spirits crafted in-house. The distillery and tasting room, founded in 2010 by Nathan Greenawalt, is housed at 931 E. Main in the brown-brick, arched-roof building that for decades served the Madison community as a transportation hub.
From 1939 until 1991, the building was at various times a bus depot for Northland Greyhound Lines Inc., Rite-Way Leasing Co Inc., and Greyhound Lines Inc. The building was vacant for most of the 1990s until it was renovated and reopened in 1997 offering rental space for small businesses that today includes the Old Sugar Distillery.
Old Sugar Distillery owner Greenawalt is a 2004 University of Wisconsin-Madison economics graduate who turned his passion for home brewing into a thriving business. He is celebrated by customers and reviewers for creating tasty cocktails featuring his products, which include whiskey, rum, brandy, ouzo, cider and Wisconsin honey liquor.
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