The Historic Ninth Street Hill Neighborhood's "Spirit of the Hill" Award is awarded to a person, family, organization, club, or agency who through their efforts have improved the quality of life in an older historic neighborhood in Lafayette.
The "Spirit of the Hill" Award honors the hard work and efforts of ordinary people as they seek to improve their older neighborhoods. It is through these efforts that the whole community is made aware that preservation of the past is a necessity for enhancement of the future. Historic Ninth Street Hill recognizes that preservation is not just "bricks and mortar", but it is PEOPLE - people with vision, enthusiasm, and a willingness to work together.
Preservation is people who give more than they have guarantees for what they might receive. Preservation is daring to take risks. Preservation of Lafayette's older neighborhoods will happen only when ordinary people dream of doing special things for their neighborhood. The "Spirit of the Hill" Award is presented to honor these attitudes and efforts.