Polk & Renaissance Awards - Submit the form below or Download a printable form here.
The Polk Award recognizes the contributions of an individual that has consistently contributed leadership by example and contributions to the neighborhood. The Polk award was named in honor of Julius Polk who over the course of his lifetime, was devoted to the betterment of the Central West End. In 1991, the board established this annual award to be given to an individual who over the course of many many years has emulated the values of Julius Polk in working to make the Central West End the pre-imminent neighborhood of the City of St. Louis.
The Renaissance Award recognizes groups, corporations, and associations who have made a significant positive economic or social impact on the Central West End. Specifically contributing to the neighborhood's revitalization and future development. The Renaissance Award was named to honor Leon Strauss, known for his revitalization efforts throughout the City of St. Louis. As the inaugural winner, Strauss was chosen for the successful transformation he orchestrated on Pershing Place and its adjoining streets between Union Blvd and DeBaliviere Avenue.