2015 Steel Magnolia
Lisa Condrey Ward completed her first historical renovation at the age of 22. She restored the Southern Hotel in downtown Covington and now owns it alongside her husband Joseph Ward and her brother- and sister-in-law, Ricky and Gayle Condrey. It was built in 1907 and is now a 42-room boutique hotel and has won both Phoenix and Preservation Heritage awards. Southern Living Magazine recently voted it a “Top Ten New Hotel in the South.” Ward also began the Covington Public Art Fund to raise money for public art displays in Covington and she is actively involved with multiple civic activities.