Branden Klayko was an enthusiastic advocate for making Louisville a better place in which to live. He published a popular blog called "Broken Sidewalk" which provided development news, background history, and preservation efforts. Wise beyond his years, Branden was on the LHL Board of Directors. His valiant battle against cancer was lost in 2017, at just 32 years of age. To continue his passion and vision into the future, this award was initiated in 2018 to recognize an individual who shared Branden's characteristics.
Sheldon Shafer was the urban development reporter for the Courier-Journal newspaper. He covered new project announcements, provided profiles of those in the development and architectural professions, and other related activities. Sheldon was the "print" version of Branden's digital blog. Sheldon retired from the Courier-Journal in 2017.
Doug Proffitt, WHAS TV 11 news anchor for his 30 plus years career that featured many history and preservation events. Doug is a Louisville native and is a passionate advocate for the city. He and Branden worked together on several preservation news reports.
Keith Runyon, who was on the editorial board of the Courier-Journal for over 30 years and was a proponent for preservation and quality of life issues that Branden also advocate.
This award was not presented due to Covid pandemic.
John Hans Gilderbloom, a University of Louisville professor, is a dedicated champion on preservation, sustainability, and urban revitalization. He has written several books, the most recent 'Chromatic Homes' which encourages residential improvements in inner-cities.
Stefanie Buzan is a civic advocate for her Kenwood Hills neighborhood and the historic house Little Loomhouse. She also serves on the Landmarks Commission.
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