Restoration group honors longtime Franklin mason

At 82 years old, one mason can still be found on the job site working on historic buildings in Franklin.

If a building is made of brick or block in downtown Franklin, Jim Drake of Drake Construction has probably had his hands on it at some point, Franklin Heritage executive director Rob Shilts said. It’s why the historic preservation organization chose to award him with a Lifetime Achievement for Meritorious Preservation award, which isn’t given out every year.


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