The Podmaniczky Award is presented annually to those who excel in raising awareness of, popularising and conserving Hungary’s built heritage regardless of or beyond their professional duties.
As in previous years, award was presented on the 15th of July 2010, at a solemn ceremony, by chairman of the Association of Urban and Rural Conservationists (aka Hungaria Nostra) Mihály Ráday to those found worthy by a select board of the same organisation.
Awardees included owner Mazen Al-Ramahi, architect Péter Vékony and art historian Ferenc Bor. The award went to the three in recognition of their efforts to restore the ruined street facing façade of a building that had once housed Hungária Public Baths in Dohány Street, Budapest.
Renewed and supplemented with contemporary extensions, this building now houses Continental Hotel Budapest. The renovation included the re-fitting of all exterior decorations such as reliefs, lamps and friezes. Today, this façade of over a hundred years of age accommodates the main entrance to the four-star hotel. A revolving door gives to the reception desk and a lobby with an amazing barrel vaulted glass ceiling, which used to be the swimming pool room of Hungária Public Baths before later being converted into a theatre hall.