Seven To Save
The Hall of Flags at the New Hampshire Statehouse and the former residence of three Catholic bishops across the street from the Currier Museum in Manchester top the Seven to Save list, released on October 21 by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. Seven to Save is a highly sought-after designation that helps places in crisis to get broader attention, a boost from investors, and an opportunity to engage more people in creative solutions for important historic places.
This year's list is here.
There is growing concern about the condition and long term preservation of the flags, a collection which began after the Civil War when the battle flags of New Hampshire regiments were returned and put on display here. Some are bloodstained and bullet-ridden; all are emblems of valor and sacrifice.
Bishop Libasci of Manchester has set a November 30th deadline for the Chandler House, also known as St. Hedwig Convent, to be sold and moved off its Walnut Street lot or it will be demolished. The house is said to have the finest Victorian interiors in the city and perhaps in the state.
The town hall in Rye and the Oceanic Hotel on Star Island, part of the Isles of Shoals, also made the list. Voters in Rye are divided on whether to invest in rehabilitating their town hall, and the Star Island Corporation needs much more help to stabilize and upgrade their sprawling older facility perched on a rocky coastline. Two others on the list, the Lane Homestead in Stratham and the Pickering House in Wolfeboro are landmark residential complexes that are now on the market. Beloved by locals and important for the history they represent, there are no protections to prevent the next owner from demolishing them. St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts in Berlin also made the list. It is a former church that serves as a vibrant performing and visual arts center, yet upkeep of the building has reached a critical tipping point for its non-profit managers.
“These highly visible places are extraordinary examples of architecture and craftsmanship, significant to their communities, and important for their connections to local and state history. Their future survival depends on building greater awareness, attracting new resources, and engaging a range of preservation strategies to keep them viable into the future,” said Seven to Save chair and board member Hunter Ulf. “Preservation activity is valuable because it contributes to the character of communities and the economic vitality of the state,” Ulf added.
More on this year's announcement here.
Our generous Seven to Save program sponsors include: Christopher P. Williams Architects, PLLC, Ian Blackman LLC Restoration and Preservation, Irish Electric Corp., Norton Asset Management, Dennis Mires, P.A. The Architects, Iron Horse Standing Seam Roofing, HEB Engineers, Inc., CMK Architects P.A., and Meridian Construction.
About Seven to Save:
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance created Seven to Save in 2006 to focus attention and resources on significant historic properties in New Hampshire that are threatened by neglect, deterioration, insufficient funds, inappropriate development, and/or insensitive public policy.
Historic resources are eligible for the program if they are over 50 years old and are significant representations of the state's heritage. Besides historical or architectural significance, criteria for Seven to Save also include severity of the current threat to the property and the extent to which the listing will make a difference in preserving or protecting it.
Check out last year's Seven to Save listees here!