Four Maryland buildings have been cited in the 1991 Best in American Remodeling awards program sponsored by Professional Builder and Remodeler magazine.
Ilex Construction and Development Inc. of Baltimore won a grand award in the category of period restoration for its work on Fairview, a 200-year-old home outside Easton.
Martin Azola, formerly of Azola Commercial Construction and now a vice president of Ilex, in conjunction with Jeffrey Lees, won a grand award for period restoration for his work in restoring the George Ellicott House near Ellicott City.
J. E. Dudgeon and Associates Inc. of Baltimore won a grand award in the "whole house remodeling" category for a project in Baltimore County. Ruppert Bros. Construction of Adelphi received a merit award in period restoration for its work on an estate near Bethesda known as Strathmore Hall.
The local winners are among 17 featured in the October issue of Professional Builder and Remodeler.
A half-day conference on housing opportunities in Baltimore'historic neighborhoods will be held Oct. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in theMount Royal Station auditorium of the Maryland Institute College of Art, Cathedral Street and Mount Royal Avenue.
"Older and Wiser -- The Advantages of Old House Living in Baltimore" is the title of the conference, which is co-sponsored by the Citizens Planning and Housing Association and Baltimore Heritage. Designed for current and prospective homeowners, the event will include an overview of Baltimore's historic districts, a panel on community empowerment and planning, and a discussion of financial incentives for living in historic neighborhoods.
Admission is $5 per person.
Morris & Ritchie Associates, a planning and engineering firbased in Bel Air, has been hired by the town of Perryville to recommend ways to redevelop the town's central business district following a gas explosion last July that damaged several properties. A preliminary plan is due next month. Assisting the planners will be the Morton Hoffman Co., an economic development consultant based in Baltimore.