The DPS Recognition Awards honor outstanding contributions to the field of preservation in the greater Delphi area. In 2008 the DPS Board of Directors elected to increase the number of Recognition Awards from a single historic property award to awards in seven categories. Five of the awards recognize historic buildings or sites and are judged on these general criteria:
- The property is greater than 50 years old.
- Renovation should remain true to the building's original architectural style.
- Shall be judged on the exterior of the property only.
- Must be located in the greater Delphi area.
- Need not be a residence--a factory, school, or other structure is eligible.
- Need not be recently, or ever, restored.
- Need not be listed on the Carroll County Interim Report or National Register of Historic Places.
- Historic Residence, Pre-1920. As above, but built prior to 1920.
- Historic Residence, Post-1920. As above, but built after 1920.
- Historic Commercial or Public Building. As above, but originally built for commercial or public purpose.
- Historic Church. As above, but built originally as a house of worship.
- Historic Site or Structure. As above, but reserved for non-buildings.
- (For example: a park, garden, sculpture, bridge, etc.)
- Charles Gerard Historic Archival Award. Given to recognize the efforts of an individual, group, or organzation in preserving historic archives and making them available for public use.
- Atkinson, Sanders, Rodriguez Award. Given to recognize an individual, group, or organization for outstanding Leadership contributing to the preservation of historic buildings, sites, or structures.
DPS members may make nominations by completing the Nomination Form.