The Ballinger Award commemorates a restoration or renovation that best exemplifies the traditions of Palm Beach’s original houses and the architects who designed them. The Ballinger Award was first presented by the foundation in 1987 in honor of the late Robert I. Ballinger Jr., former chairman of the Palm Beach Landmarks Preservation Commission. Mr. Ballinger worked tirelessly for many years to instill pride in the island’s architectural heritage. The medal itself, struck by noted sculptor Edward Grove, bears the likeness of a bust of Mr. Ballinger that was sculpted by Mr. Ballinger’s wife, Didi Ballinger. The award is featured in December of each year at the foundation’s membership luncheon.

The Preservation Foundation’s Executive Director, Alexander Ives, presented the 2012 Ballinger Award to