Preservation Achievement Awards
N.H. Preservation Alliance Recognizes Innovative Community Development Projects
Investors Breathe New Life into Claremont, Concord, Effingham, Northwood and other Towns and Cities
Noting varied and important investments throughout the state, the N.H. Preservation Alliance announced ten achievement awards for outstanding historic preservation projects as well as three certificates of merit on May 9 in a ceremony in Concord. The projects breathe new life into communities across the state, and vary from the rehabilitation of an old store in Effingham to the revitalization of a long-vacant mill building in Claremont. In Concord, the Preservation Alliance will honor both the City’s revitalization of Main Street utilizing historic research and celebrating historic features, as well as the State of New Hampshire’s restoration of the State House Dome in preparation for the building’s bicentennial. The common thread between all the projects, according to the Preservation Alliance’s executive director Jennifer Goodman is “high-quality investments that benefit residents and visitors, and catalyze additional community development activities.” “The projects are all very complex,” she added, and “tenacity and creativity are also ingredients in all,” she said.
Special guests and past award winners Executive Councilor Joseph Kenney, Senator Martha Fuller Clark and dairy specialist and barn preservation advocate John Porter helped introduce the awards. “We welcome this opportunity to recognize outstanding projects and while hopefully inspiring others,” said Goodman. “These are the kinds of places we can’t imagine New Hampshire without,” she said, “and we want to recognize the people who have worked to save and revive these landmarks.” It is the Alliance’s 28th year of honoring preservation achievement.
Goodman noted that the Stratham project had been on the Alliance’s Seven to Save list of endangered properties in the past, and emphasized the tenacity of the private developers and community advocates as well as the importance of investments by the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) in five of the projects. Support from the Community Development Finance Authority and federal historic preservation tax credits were instrumental in others.
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance supports and encourages the revitalization and protection of historic buildings and places which strengthens communities and local economies.
Current priorities include providing assistance to community leaders, helping owners of long-held family farms and promoting the use of easements, barn preservation and tax incentives.
The list of winners and links to the individual stories:
· Effingham Preservation Society for rehabilitation of the Weare Drake Store Building
· Canterbury Shaker Village for outstanding rehabilitation of the Trustees’ Office
· Northwood Congregational Church for restoration and rehabilitation of its landmark building
· State of New Hampshire for restoration of the State House Dome
· Jeff and Sarah Barrette for the revitalization of the Monadnock Mills Boarding House/Store House #5 for the Ink Factory Clothing Co.
· Karen Bouffard for the rehabilitation of 100-2 State Street, Portsmouth
· City of Concord for rehabilitation and revitalization of Concord’s Main Street
· David Adams for outstanding contributions to the field of historic preservation
· Manchester Historical Association for outstanding historic preservation education and outreach
· Town of Stratham for its preservation of the Lane Homestead
Merit awards to:
· Town of Hillsborough and the Trustees of the Fuller Public Library for the rehabilitation of the Fuller Public Library/ John Butler Smith House
· Windham Presbyterian Church for restoration of its bell tower
· Hampton Town Clock Committee for the rescue and restoration of the Hampton Town Clock
Will be posting more about individual winners with photos soon!
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The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide membership organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy. Current priorities include providing assistance to community leaders and promoting the use of easements, barn preservation and tax incentives.
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