Preservation America

Scholarship Entrant: Thomas from Columbia, Tennessee
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
Vote for Thomas: 104

For as long as I can remember I have loved architecture. If I could earn a living doing what I love most, it would be the preservation of homes that have suffered neglect. With time and dedication, the beauty of our American homes would be brought back to life. To renew life of dedicated craftsmanship in century old homes would be a lifelong process overflowing with fulfillment and joy. These restored homes would return hope to the world as a sign of times revisited and the strength of our beautiful country. Not only would these homes be a beautiful site, they would be available to the public. Houses built today are simply just that…a house. The time and dedication of blood, sweat and tears is no longer known today. Craftsmanship has been asleep for far too long, it is a dream of mine to wake it up and reintroduce it to the world.
Growing up in Southern Middle Tennessee I have been surrounded by the amazing beauty of antebellum homes, their history and the stories they tell. If I had the ability to restore these homes to their utmost potential, I would never work a day in my life. I would however be overjoyed with the sensation of a job well done.

Vote for Thomas: 104

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