The Architectural Foundation of Cincinnati (AFC) proudly honored Elizabeth Pierce, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center, with the 2019 Apple Award on June 12, 2019 at Cincinnati Museum Center’s home Union Terminal.
Pierce has greatly impacted the built environment in Cincinnati through her work as the President and CEO of CMC. The $228 million restoration of the iconic Union Terminal was led by Pierce, saving the home of the CMC and National Historic Landmark. The first historic restoration in the 85-year history of one of our city’s most beloved buildings was an endeavor embraced and funded by the taxpayers of Hamilton County. Over two-and-a-half years, 2400 workers spent 900,000 hours meticulously repairing and restoring the Art Deco masterpiece for what Pierce calls a “100-year fix.” Pierce’s relentless passion for restoring this building and her willingness to lead such an incredible endeavor made her the obvious choice for this honor.
The AFC grants the Apple Award annually to an individual or entity that exemplifies the foundation’s mission to increase improvement and appreciation of the built environment of Greater Cincinnati.
The Apple Gala honored Pierce’s contribution to Cincinnati’s built environment while raising funds to support Design LAB, a K-12 architecture and design education program that reaches about 2,000 students in the Greater Cincinnati Area each year as well as other AFC programs.