Lain Won an Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission


Written on June 19, 2008 at 10:44 am, by Amelia

On Tuesday night our fearless executive director was awarded the Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence.

Specifically, it was the Jenny D. Thurston Memorial Award for an Outstanding Preservation Professional.

Mayor Shirley Frankline, Shakespeares, and Amelia with closed eyes

(Lain, his parents, a fleeing Mayor Shirley Franklin, and my inability to keep my eyes open in pictures)

Lain was honored alongside people and projects like the oft-profiled architects Brian Bell and David Yocum, the renovated old-timey train depot and current restaurant The Depot, and the firm that renovated Rockefeller Hall at Spelman College.  You can find the full list at the end of this article.

But Lain got the biggest award!  We’re super proud, and Lain is super embarrassed when you mention it.  It’s great.

Also great was the reception at the new Hilton Garden Inn, which boasted the sickest views of Atlanta I’ve ever seen.

Skyline Facing South from Hilton Garden Inn top

(Wowee, right?)

Since the architect of the building was in attendance (not sure this makes it legit, but it helps), we got to go up to the helicopter pad and do our best to not fall off.

Helicopter pad at the Hilton Garden Inn and views

However, the absolute highlight of the night (that has nothing do with accomplishments) was courtesy of a woman in the elevator who asked, “Are you the baby who does Uncle Remus?”

When Lain confirmed, she incredulously (and loudly) recounted “I hear this long list of accomplishments, and then this BABY comes up to receive the award.  You’re just a baby!!”

I laughed for about 4 minutes.

Lain Shakespeare and the Atlanta Skyline

(Surprisingly young award recipient, awesome views)

Congratulations, you big baby.

15 Comments to Lain Won an Award from the Atlanta Urban Design Commission

  1. Peter says:

    damn man, nice suit!

  2. lain says:

    I borrowed it from a lawyer.

    No really.

  3. Scotty says:

    That’s AWESOME. Way to go, Baby Shakes!

  4. Joe says:

    You guys are on a roll! Good to see Lain get the recognition he deserves, not to mention the good PR for the Nest!

  5. Deb says:

    Scotty, “Baby Shakes”, I love it. Congrats Lain! You totally deserve it, as does the whole Nest crew.

  6. Tom Campion says:

    Looking dapper as always! Once again the Mittelbach Collection meets the needs of the discerning man in Atlanta (remember when I left my tuxedo shirt at home for New Year’s Eve?).

    Congratulations on the award. Continue to stay fly.

  7. Kirk says:

    George Muse would be proud, good work team.

  8. lain says:

    Thanks, everyone.

    Tom, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

    And wow. Kirk just dropped some knowledge.

    To explain, George Muse built the reconstruction era farmhouse (1870) that later became the Wren’s Nest (1884) after Joel Chandler Harris moved in in 1881.

    Muse went on to become a prominent men’s clothier in Atlanta by founding Muse’s downtown. For about 100 years, it was kind of like the Atlanta answer to Brooks Brothers.

  9. Laurie says:

    Lain,
    WOW! Just to say congratulations seems very inadequate! Awesome! What an accomplishment at such a VERY young age! I would venture to guess that your great, great, great grandfather would be very proud of you!

  10. Marshall says:

    It was a great celebration and awesome accomplishment. Board members Ken Thomas, Janis Andrews, Jonathan Shakespeare, and yours truly were there to bask in your glory.

    Congratulations,
    Marshall Thomas
    Chairman of the Board

  11. Patrick says:

    Congrats! You definitely deserve it.

  12. JWAIII says:

    Congratulations, Lain. You are doing really great things and your great-great-great grandfather would be (is? in the spirit sense?) very proud indeed.

  13. Jodi says:

    Congrats Lain. This is a huge accomplishment and we are all very proud of you.

  14. Benjy says:

    So who got to fly the helicopter?

  15. […] You may also remember the UDC from when they presented Lain an Award of Excellence last summer. […]

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