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14 Projects Receive Preservation Achievement Awards

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On May 12, fourteen projects across the Granite State were recognized for outstanding achievement in preservation by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance at its annual announcement ceremony in Concord. The awards recognize individuals, organizations and corporations for projects in the categories of restoration, rehabilitation and stewardship. It is the Alliance’s 26th year of honoring preservation achievement. Scroll down for photos of winning projects and full list.

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Clockwise from upper left: crew at Fabyan Guard Station in Carroll; Developer John Stabile with resident at the new Apartments at Cotton Mill, Nashua; project leaders for the restoration of fences at Sunnyside Cemetery, Sugar Hill; and property owner Jean Goehlin at the restored Franconia Iron Furnace.

This year’s awards showcase tenacious developers whose projects contribute greatly to the social and economic health of communities: Gregory and Rita Cloutier rescued two prominent Main Street buildings in Lancaster, and the building’s new and proposed uses are adding to the vibrancy of downtown. Gordon Bult acquired a property on the edge of the state office complex in Concord preventing its demolition, and returned it to the tax rolls and use by a family. Binnie Media’s repurposing of a former elementary school has brought new tax revenue and 40 jobs to Concord and created a broadcast center for the state capital. 

Senior Living at Notre Dame Limited Partnership/Affordable Housing, Education and Development (AHEAD) Inc. made an investment of over $8 million in a former Catholic school in Berlin for housing, and kept $5 million of goods and services circulating within a 60-mile radius of the city.  An old cotton storehouse in Nashua was adapted to workforce and market rate housing in a nearly $26 million redevelopment by The Stabile Companies. Nashua’s economic development director Thomas F. Galligani, Jr. praised this ambitious project as a tremendous catalyst for change, that dramatically transformed a vacant industrial relic into an urban neighborhood teaming with vitality.  “This trend of  ‘vacancies to vitality’ extends beyond the building and spills into downtown as residents discover the eateries, shops other businesses within Nashua’s historic core,” he said.

Awards also went to several municipalities for their outstanding commitment to special places: Amherst rehabilitated their Town Hall’s failing roof; Sugar Hill restored deteriorated cast iron fencing in a prominent cemetery; Campton rehabilitated  a 300-foot long covered bridge, increasing its load limit for emergency vehicles; the City of Manchester and the Manchester School District restored and restarted the Hallsville Elementary School’s tower clock that had been silent for three decades; the Belmont Heritage Commission restored their Victorian bandstand; and Nelson revived their town hall, an iconic contra dance venue.

New Hampshire’s diverse history and tradition of strong stewardship is evident in these award-winning projects. “We are so fortunate to live in a state with very special places, and smart, generous people who step up to steward and creatively re-use them,” said the Preservation Alliance’s Executive Director Jennifer Goodman.   Projects recognized for exemplary stewardship include the restoration of a rare 19th century stone stack from the iron industry in Franconia, an early log cabin in the White Mountain National Forest, and the N.H. Farm Museum’s connected farm and barn structure in Milton.  

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Clockwise from upper left: celebration for the rehabilitation of the Notre Dame School in Berlin; Belmont Heritage Commission members with contractors for the Belmont Bandstand revitlization; the rehabilitated Walker School for Binnie Media/NH1 in Concord; Morris dancers in front of the Nelston Town Hall during rehabiliation; the newly-rehabiliated Sleeper House in Concord.

“We welcome this opportunity to recognize outstanding projects and people, and offer inspiration to others,” said Goodman.

Many of New Hampshire’s traditional craftsmen worked on these projects. Arnold Graton helped the Town of Campton rehabilitate the Blair Covered Bridge; he had worked previously on the bridge in the 1970s with his father Milton Graton. Arnold’s son JR Graton worked on another award-winning project, uncovering original details and repairing the ornate Belmont Bandstand.

Kathy Bogle Shields, chairman of the Alliance’s board of directors and a host of the event, noted the tenacity of the private developers and community advocates as well as the importance of investment by the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, N.H. Housing Finance Authority, N.H. Community Development Finance Authority, and the conservation and heritage license plate grant program in several of the projects.

The full list of projects, recognized geographically from north to south, are:

  • Gregory and Rita Cloutier for the revitalization the 73-77 Main Street, Lancaster
  • Senior Living at Notre Dame Limited Partnership/Affordable Housing, Education and Development (AHEAD) Inc. for the rehabilitation and adaptive use of Notre Dame High School/George E. Burgess School
  • Town of Sugar Hill for the restoration of Sunnyside Cemetery fences
  • Jean Goehlen for the rehabilitation and stewardship of the Franconia Iron Furnace
  • U.S. Forest Service, White Mountain National Forest for the restoration of Fabyan Guard Station, Carroll
  • Town of Campton for the rehabilitation of the Blair Covered Bridge
  • New Hampshire Farm Museum for the stewardship of The Jones Farm, Milton
  • Belmont Heritage Commission for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Belmont Village Bandstand
  • City of Manchester and the Manchester School District for the restoration of Hallsville School Clock and Tower
  • Town of Amherst for the rehabilitation of Amherst Town Hall
  • Gordon Bult for stewardship of Joseph T. Sleeper House, Concord
  • Binnie Media/NH1 the rehabilitation and adaptive use of Walker School
  • Town of Nelson for the revitalization of the Nelson Town Hall
  • The Stabile Companies/Cotton Mill Square LLC for the rehabilitation and adaptive use of the North Cotton Storehouse, Nashua

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Clockwise from upper left: stewardship at the N.H. Farm Museum in Milton, the restored Hallsville Elementary School clock in Manchester; rehabiliated Amherst Town Hall; newly-rehabiliated 73-77 Main Street in Lancaster.

 

This year’s award program is sponsored by Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, Eames Partnership, EnviroVantage, Mascoma Savings Bank, Merrimack County Savings Bank, Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc., Dakota Properties, Inc., Harvey Construction, Hutter Construction, North Branch Construction, Sheerr McCrystal Palson Architecture, Inc., Samyn-D’Elia Architects, P.A. and Turnstone Corporation.

 The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide membership organization that strengthens communities and stimulates local economies by encouraging the protection and revival of historic buildings and places.

More on individual winners available by calling or emailing the Alliance at projects@nhpreservation.org.

 

 

May is Preservation Month!

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May is Preservation Month! Here are some opportunities to engage, enjoy and celebrate our state's many examples, and long-standing tradition, of preservation activity.  

Take care of your old home. Take the time to evaluate repair needs this spring.  An energy audit can also help you prioritize investments. Get ready for the next cold season with properly-installed insulation in your attic and basement. “Re-tuning” old windows keeps cold air out and preserves original features of an old house. Improve your skills or ability by attending a Preservation Alliance workshop or reading up on techniques on our web-site or with a book in our bookstore. Visit our online Directory of Preservation Products & Services for contractor and business listings. Sign up for our Old House & Barn email network to receive early program and workshop notifications.

Appreciate your community. Look at the place where you live (your street, road or neighborhood) and note how many historic buildings and structures you can see.  Show your kids the building where you went to school, or where you got married. Support your local farm, and thank a neighbor who has fixed up his or her barn. Are there places you can’t imagine your community without? Start a conversation with other interested citizens, and consider planning tools like easements and tax incentives to turn a challenge into an opportunity. Visit your local historical society to learn the history of your town. Get inspired by a local event.

Be an advocate for preserving our heritage. Volunteer to serve on your local planning board, library board, cemetery commission, heritage commission, or downtown organization. Help with a local preservation project, or enjoy dinner in an old inn or theater in a historic venue. Talk to your legislator about the benefits of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, New Hampshire's popular and effective matching grants program for historic preservation and land conservation projects. Buy a “Moose Plate” conservation license plate.  E-mail the Preservation Alliance to receive preservation news updates.

Support the Preservation Alliance by becoming a member or renewing your support. Give to local preservation efforts.


And check out our Preservation Month Event Sampler
 here.

Preservation activity creates local jobs and keeps more money circulating in local economies than new construction, and is part of the landscape that attracts visitors and businesses to New Hampshire. For you, this year, it also can be an activity that makes you feel good and connects you to special places, old friends and new ones.


 

New Hampshire Community Mourns Loss, Celebrates Legacy, of Jeff Taylor

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Friends and colleagues are mourning the death of Jeffrey Taylor, extending condolences to his wife Dijit Taylor and family, and celebrating his many accomplishments. Taylor died April 7. He was an accomplished planner and civic leader for four decades. He was instrumental in the development of the Preservation Alliance's strength, served on the board of directors in the mid and late-1990s and was a go-to person for preservation challenges throughout his career.

Click here for an obituary offering wonderful examples of his interests and accomplishments.

The Preservation Alliance has been honoring preservation achievement for over 25 years, and only a few people have received individual honors. Here are excerpts from the messages honoring Jeff with one of those rare awards in 2003:

"We believe that Jeff – for good reason – has been at more ribbon cuttings for buildings that almost didn’t make it than any other person in New Hampshire..."

"His persistence and creativity were essential ingredients in the resuscitation of the Eagle Block in Newport, Wentworth-by-the-Sea in New Castle, the Belmont Mill and the Mountain View Hotel in Whitefield.  He has been consistently supportive in very tangible ways of projects that use or adapt our historic structures.  As state planning director for 13 years and as an officer and board member of Plan NH and the Preservation Alliance, he also focused on the "infra-structure" of preservation, sponsoring major initiatives on smart-codes, zoning and sprawl.  He understands that preservation is a major economic development tool, one particularly suited to New Hampshire, and he has the tenacity and imagination to apply that tool in creative ways." 

 

 

Preservation Alliance Offers New “Road Map” for Creating Neighborhood Heritage Districts or Areas

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 Interested in learning more about a new zoning tool that helps protect the distinctive and valued historic character of an area? The Preservation Alliance is pleased to announce the availability of new materials about  Neighborhood Heritage Districts through the NH Department of of Environmental Services website and its Innovative Land Use Planning Techniques Handbook. http://des.nh.gov/organization/divisions/water/wmb/repp/innovative_land_use.htm

Designed to help community leaders and planners understand the purpose and use of this new mechanism to protect local heritage and historic character, the chapter draws on the Alliance’s  work with Hooksett and Greenfield, the two towns that received support in 2012-14 from the N.H. Housing Finance Authority, to explore  creation of a Neighborhood Heritage District.  

 The Alliance has also posted other regulatory and voluntary ways to recognize, preserve, and protect historic resources on this web-site.  Interested in knowing what towns have adopted some of these strategies and what their ordinance contains?   Want more information on Neighborhood Heritage Districts?  Contact the N.H. Preservation Alliance’s Field Service Rep, Maggie Stier, at 603-224-2281 or ms@nhpreservation.org.

Generous support for the development of the Neighborhood Heritage District concept was provided by a HUD Community Planning Grant, the Badger Fund of the N.H. Charitable Foundation, the Pardoe Foundation and other donors.

 From the DES publication:

 Neighborhood Heritage Districts offer a more flexible alternative to local Historic Districts (as distinct from National Register Historic Districts).  Neighborhood Heritage Districts (NHD) differ in two primary ways:  1) they are administered by the Planning Board with assistance from an Advisory Committee (in contrast to a separate Historic District Commission), and 2) their primary purpose is to protect an area’s overall character rather than specific architectural features and details.  They are most often initiated at the grass roots level by a neighborhood association or group that can generate widespread support for such a measure and help assure its adoption.   Through a customized set of guidelines and standards, and a team approach of advisory committee and the municipal planning board, NHDs review and regulate proposed change in a limited range of circumstances—usually new construction, demolition, major additions, and removal or installation of major landscape features.   

 This land-use tool has been in use in other states since the early 1980s.  Elsewhere it is frequently called a Conservation District or Neighborhood Conservation District because the emphasis is less on preserving specific features and details of buildings and more on conserving the overarching characteristics of a neighborhood or area.  Resources in such a district do not have to be 50 years old or older, as is typical with traditional historic districts, but the designated area must convey some aspect of the community’s historical, architectural, or cultural heritage.  

 Goals in creating a Neighborhood Heritage District may include protection of rural character, encouraging compatible new investment, controlling demolition, stabilizing property values, limiting unsympathetic commercial encroachment, or maintaining traditional scale, form or uses.  NHDs are most often adopted as an overlay to existing traditional zoning. 

 In 2008, the N.H. Division of Historical Resources published Neighborhood Heritage Districts, A Handbook for New Hampshire Municipalities by Elizabeth Durfee Hengen and Carolyn Baldwin, Esq., describing an extensive collaborative planning process and setting forth the process to introduce and encourage use of this tool.  Subsequent efforts to create NHDs have relied heavily on that effort.   http://www.nh.gov/nhdhr/documents/neighborr_hert_handbook.pdf

 

 

On-line Auction a Success!

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Thanks to everyone who bid in our on-line auction. And we appreciate all of our donors too! Thanks to you we met our goal, and auction proceeds will help underwrite our work with Seven to Save properties and old farms and barns. A great investment in New Hampshire!

We will be following up with all winners shortly. Hooray!

 

 

2015 Town Meeting Results

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Town meetings this year so far have provided strong support for historic preservation activities in general, and mixed results for more expensive items. “While we’d love to see local leaders batting 1.000 for their well-planned projects, we know that large projects often take several years to succeed,” said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the Preservation Alliance. “The mixed preservation outcomes are also very similar to overall results for all sorts of big projects – old and new – because of citizen concerns about budgets and spending,” she said.

We are happy to report victories in many towns around the state:

Hampton voters passed by six votes an article to appropriate $650,000 to repair and/or rebuild the 238-year-old Grist Mill Dam. 

Colebrook approved a major Main Street streetscape and roadway rehabilitation project by 249-17 votes.

Wolfeboro approved putting $200,000 toward structural repairs of the Libby Museum, built in 1912 and listed to the National Register.

Hebron voted to continue placing $100,000 annually in the Town Offices Expansion and Refurbishment Fund so that the former Hebron Academy building can be rehabilitated to continue to serve as town offices.

Funds to match an LCHIP grant to repair damage to Watson Academy in Epping (Seven to Save 2014) were included in the town’s approved operating budget.

Kensington voters approved $30,000 for a feasibility study and architectural plans for a 2-story addition to the historic town hall so that it can continue to meet the needs of both town offices and the Police Department.

In Belmont, the Heritage Commission got a boost when they received their largest allocation of town funding to date:  $5,000. 

The Preservation Alliance has assisted leaders of many of these projects.

There are also several significant landmark structures where we had hoped to see new investment and additional support did not progress at town meeting this year. 

The Dunbarton Town Hall Theater Restoration group provided a very sound planning process to re-open the historic town hall’s second floor theatre, but the $1.15 million request didn’t fly by a 2 to 1 margin. The Epsom Meetinghouse also didn’t get a “yes” vote on rehabilitation of the former church for town offices, though community support to move it and save it from demolition was strong in 2007.

For the third time, a multi-year rehabilitation proposal for the historic town hall in Washington was narrowly defeated, and a very close vote is expected in Bradford, where voters will decide on March 21 on a bond to rehabilitate their vacated town hall. 

Please send additional town meeting news to Maggie Stier at ms@nhpreservation.org, and check back for updates as we gather results and collect insights from local advocates.  

 

Opportunities to Support Preservation

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Please help the Preservation Alliance advocate for historic resources. Here are two timely opportunities:

Historic Places and Energy Projects: Input for Site Evaluation Committee Rule-Making -- The Alliance is offering recommendations to the state’s Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) which reviews, approves and monitors electric transmission, wind and other types of energy developments. Our goal is to help clarify and improve their processes related to historic resources. Contact Jennifer Goodman at jg@nhpreservation.org if you have questions or are interested in submitting comments before the upcoming March 13, 2015 rule-making deadline.   Information about the current rule-making project is at http://www.nhsec.nh.gov/projects/2014-04/index.htm.

Supporting Full, Dedicated Funding for LCHIP in State Budget: Consider opportunities to share with both new and long-time legislators  how LCHIP has – and, more importantly, will -- help your special places, your community, its people and its economic vitality. We are very pleased that Governor Maggie Hassan’s budget included full funding for the program and many legislative leaders have spoken out in support of the program or against raiding dedicated funds. The budget will face many pressures as it proceeds through the House and Senate, and we need your help to advocate for LCHIP at key points over the next 3-4 months of the process.

Ways you can help:

  • Attend an upcoming public hearing on the(WHOLE) budget and offer oral or written comments.
  • 3/5/2015 4:00 PM Representatives Hall, State House, Concord
  • 3/9/2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Kennet High School Auditorium, 409 Eagles Way, North Conway
  • 3/9/2015 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Derry Town Hall, 14 Manning Street, Derry
  • Invite your legislators to see an LCHIP project in your community.
  • Send a note or email to your legislators.

Contact Jennifer Goodman at jg@nhpreservation.org for more information or to share your plans.   To find the name of your legislators, go to www.gencourt.state.nh.us/ie/whosmyleg/.  The Finance Committee members are listed at  http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/house/committees/committeedetails.aspx?code=H34

About LCHIP: The Land and Community Heritage Investment Program’s dedicated source of funding is used to protect and revive historic buildings and cultural resources and protect important natural resources. Revenue is derived from a fee collected on recorded documents at registries of deeds.  There is an enormous demand and need for the program. To date, LCHIP funds have helped 142 New Hampshire communities revive 159 historic structures and sites and conserve 264,000 acres to date. And, LCHIP is very effective at stimulating community investment from other sources.  Over the program's lifetime, $258 million public and private resources have followed LCHIP seed grants ($30.0 million) - over $8 dollars for each $1 of LCHIP contribution.

 

Celebrate Preservation Awards May 12

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To honor outstanding work in its field, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance will celebrate excellence in restoration and stewardship, rehabilitation and adaptive use, compatible new construction, public policy, and educational and planning initiatives at its celebration on May 12, 2015 at the Concord City Auditorium. We welcome this opportunity to recognize outstanding projects and people while inspiring others,” said the Preservation Alliance’s Executive Director Jennifer Goodman. 

Register on-line here, or email or call Beverly Thomas, bt@nhpreservation.org and 603-224-2281.

Last year’s winners featured the work of Historic Harrisville and Patricia Meyers as well as the rescue and restoration of the Webster Stagecoach Stop & Store in Danville; the restoration of the Allenstown Meeting House; the rehabilitation of a Main Street building in Ashland for Squam River Studios; the revitalization of Dearborn Memorial Hall/Odd Fellows Hall in Manchester; the rehabilitation of the Hillsborough Mills for the Pine Valley Lofts in Milford; the stewardship of Stark Park, Manchester; and the outstanding design of new addition for the Milford Readiness Center.

In previous years, the Preservation Alliance has presented awards for PSNH’s and PC Connection’s renovations of historic buildings for corporate headquarters, the restoration of the Acworth Meetinghouse, Gorham Town Hall and the Gregg Free Library in Wilton, the rescue of Daniel Webster Farm in Franklin and the Wentworth-by-the-Sea hotel in New Castle, residential property revitalizations by NeighborWorks Greater Manchester, the re-use of the Plymouth Railroad Station, the proactive policies of the Lighthouse Kids, Gunstock Mountain Resort and Gunstock Mountain Historic Preservation Society, and the Troy, Moultonborough and Goffstown heritage commissions.

Generous program sponsors to date include Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, PA, Dakota Properties, Inc., Eames Partnership, EnviroVantage, Harvey ConstructionHutter ConstructionMascoma Savings BankMerrimack County Savings BankMilestone Engineering & Construction, Inc., North Branch Construction, Sheerr McCrystal Palson Architecture, Inc.

 

New Hampshire Preservation Alliance

Preservation Awards, 1989-2014

Use “search” function in upper right corner of web-site for help, or call us at 224-2281.

2014

Danville Heritage Commission for the rescue and restoration of the Webster Stagecoach Stop & Store

Old Allenstown Meeting House Steering Committee, Town of Allenstown and The Allenstown Historical Society for the restoration of the Allenstown Meeting House

Shandra McLane for the revitalization of 32 Main Street, Ashland for Squam River Studios

City of Manchester, Board of Mayor and Aldermen, Planning and Community Development, Department of Public Works – Facilities Division for the revitalization of Dearborn Memorial Hall/Odd Fellows Hall

Dakota Partners, Inc. and Bank of America CDC for the rehabilitation of the Hillsborough Mills for the Pine Valley Lofts, Milford

Friends of Stark Park for stewardship of Stark Park, Manchester

New Hampshire Army National Guard State of New Hampshire, Adjutant General’s Department for outstanding design of new addition for the Milford Readiness Center

Patricia S. Meyers was recognized for her exemplary commitment and contributions to preservation efforts on the state and local level

Historic Harrisville, Inc.’s commitment to innovation, good business, and community-wide stewardship in an award for outstanding leadership in historic preservation. 

2013

Donna Dunn and The Dunbarton Historical Awareness Committee for the restoration of the Dunbarton Cobbler Shop

Milton Town House Stewardship Committee for the restoration of the Milton Town House

Portsmouth Historical Society for the Discover Portsmouth Center

Newmarket Mills, LLC for the revitalization of Newmarket Mills

Town of North Hampton for the rehabilitation of the North Hampton Town Hall

Cupola, Building and Energy Committees of the Town of Gilmanton for stewardship of Gilmanton Academy

Town of Sandwich for stewardship of the Sandwich Town Hall

Squam National Register of Historic Places Committee, Squam Lakes Conservation Society

for Squam Lakes Watershed National Register of Historic Places Initiative

Gundalow Company for the Piscataqua

Carolyn Russell, Ronald Jager and Tom Talpey in association with the Washington Historical Society for Meetinghouse: The Heart of Washington, New Hampshire documentary film

2012

Enfield Shaker Museum for the outstanding restoration, rehabilitation and stewardship of the Great Stone Dwelling

State of New Hampshire, Department of Resources and Economic Development, Division of Parks and Recreation, Bureau of Historic Sites for outstanding restoration of White Island Lighthouse Walkway

Moses Kent House Mural Project, Lyme for outstanding restoration and stewardship

City of Rochester and Rochester Main Street for outstanding restoration and stewardship of Parson Main Statue/Central Square

NeighborWorks Greater Manchester for outstanding planning, revitalization and advocacy, West Granite Homeownership Initiative

Gunstock Mountain Resort and Gunstock Mountain Historic Preservation Society for outstanding planning, documentation and education

Wakefield Heritage Commission for outstanding planning, education and advocacy

Holderness Central School for outstanding public education, Artist in Residence Program celebrating the 250th anniversary of the incorporation of Holderness

Mural Class, Plymouth State University for outstanding educational initiative, Brown Paper Company's R & D Building Mural Project

2011

Center Meetinghouse Committee for the rehabilitation of the Center Meetinghouse, Newbury

Jackson Public Library for the adaptive use of the Trickey Barn

Tri-County Community Action Program for the rehabilitation of the Ashland School

1850 Associates for the revitalization of the Pandora Mill

Town of Gorham for the rehabilitation of the Gorham Town Hall

State of New Hampshire for the rehabilitation of the New Hampshire State Library

Historical Society of Amherst for documentation and education, for Walking Tours of Amherst Village

Curtains Without Borders for the documentation and education, the N.H. Historic Theater Scenery Survey Project

Moultonborough Heritage Commission, Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award for education and planning

2010

Town of Dublin for rehabilitation of the second floor of the Dublin Town Hall

United Congregational Church of Orford for restoration and rehabilitation of the United Congregational Church

Acworth Meetinghouse Restoration Project for outstanding restoration of the Acworth Meetinghouse

Monadnock Economic Development Corporation for outstanding rehabilitation and adaptive use of the Oscar Brown Block

Wainshal Partners LLC for outstanding rehabilitation and revitalization of the Monadnock Mill District

Clean Air-Cool Planet for advocacy and education for its guide, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy and Historic Preservation

Portsmouth Housing Development Ltd. for rehabilitation and adaptive use of the former Lafayette School

Town of Hancock for outstanding stewardship of the Town Common and other initiatives

Castle Preservation Society for outstanding restoration and on-going stewardship of Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough

Joyce McKay for her contribution to the protection, preservation and public understanding of historic resources in New Hampshire.

Jeananne Farrar of Keene, Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award for outstanding preservation planning and advocacy

2009

Town of Temple for the preservation and restoration of the Temple Town Hall and its sympathetic addition

City of Nashua for the preservation, restoration and rehabilitation of the Mine Falls Gatehouse

Town of Lebanon for the preservation and stewardship of the Soldiers Memorial Building

The Colonial Dames of America-N.H. for the restoration of the Moffat-Ladd Coach House

Barbara Fildes and Keith Quinton for the revitalization of the Tunis District School House, Hanover

Town of Haverhill for the rehabilitation of the Haverhill-Bath Covered Bridge

Town of Henniker for the rehabilitation of the Ramsdell Road Historic Truss Bridge

University of New Hampshire for the renovation of the Boston and Maine Railroad Depot for the UNH-Durham Transit Station

Town of Lisbon for the preservation and revitalization of the Lisbon Historic Railroad Station

Gilmanton Year Round Library Association for the revitalization of a 1770 barn

Hampton Historical Society for preserving the Leavitt House Barn

The Fells for the restoration and stewardship of its historic landscape

Strawbery Banke Museum for the restoration of the Aldrich Garden

2008

American Independence Museum for outstanding rehabilitation and restoration of the Folsom Tavern

Astoria Properties LLC for outstanding preservation and adaptive use of the Louis deRochemont House, Newington

AHEAD Inc. for the adaptive use of the Littleton Hospital into affordable housing

The Music Hall for outstanding restoration of the auditorium and proscenium arch

New Castle Historical Society for outstanding revival, adaptive use, rehabilitation and restoration of the Old Library Museum

New Market Historical Society for the outstanding restoration and stewardship of the Cheswell Graveyard

Trustees of the Gregg Free Library for the restoration, rehabilitation and improved accessibility for the Gregg Free Library, Wilton

Strawbery Banke, Inc. for outstanding design of the new Carter Collections Center

James Kilian for outstanding education and stewardship of Odd Fellows Hall, Epsom

The Lighthouse Kids for outstanding education, advocacy and restoration of the White Island Lighthouse Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award

Town of Meredith for outstanding public policy, education and planning

Robert Stephenson for outstanding leadership in education, planning and advocacy

Lynne Emerson Monroe for outstanding leadership in education, policy, planning and technical services

2007 

Town of Canaan Old Meeting House Restoration Committee for outstanding preservation and stewardship

University of New Hampshire for outstanding restoration of Thompson Hall

Friends of Epsom's Historic Meetinghouse for outstanding preservation advocacy

Webster Farm Preservation Association for outstanding preservation advocacy

Goffstown Historic District Commission Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award

Hollis Heritage Commissionfor outstanding adaptive reuse of the Lawrence Barn

Carpenter Memorial Library, Manchester, for outstanding renovation and stewardship

Manchester Historic Association for outstanding renovation and stewardship of the Research Center

Florence Brown, Merrimack, for dedicated preservation advocacy and education

Penacook Historical Society for outstanding education with A House, a Barn, a Community

North Church of Portsmouth for outstanding restoration and stewardship

Richard Candee for outstanding leadership and achievement in preservation education, advocacy and planning

2006

Association for Rollinsford Culture and History for Wentworth House, Rollinsford

Winchester Historical Society for Sheridan House, Ashuelot

Contoocook Riverway Association for Contoocook Railroad Depot, Hopkinton

Washington Historical Society for Barn restoration and education programming, Washington

Kimball-Jenkins Estate Garden Restoration Committee, Concord

Chocorua Lake Conservation Foundation and Chocorua Lake Association, Tamworth

New Hampshire Main Street Center, Concord

Senator Judd Gregg, Catherine Gregg, and Kathleen MacLellan Gregg

John Porter, Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award

2005

Joslin Kimball Frank for outstanding restoration of the Colony House

City of Portsmouth, Portsmouth Housing Authority for outstanding rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of Cottage Hospital

Economic Corporation of Newport for outstanding preservation and rehabilitation of the Eagle Block

First United Methodist Church, Littleton for outstanding restoration and stewardship of stained glass windows

City of Manchester, Department of Aviation for rehabilitation and reuse of the Old Terminal Building, now the NH Aviation Museum

Canterbury Shaker Village for compatible new construction of the Shaker Table Restaurant

Charles W. Canney Camp No. 5 for outstanding planning, education and stewardship

Edward M. Clark for outstanding preservation stewardship of New Hampshire’s cultural and industrial heritage

Hooksett Heritage Commission - Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award For outstanding advocacy and public policy

2004

Special Recognition for Preservation Work by Individuals

Bennet Phillips, Design Resources for the rehabilitation of the Franklin Antiques Market

Robert and Jill Wilson and Benjamin H. Wilson for the restoration and rehabilitation of The Stanley Tavern

2004

City of Portsmouth for outstanding restoration of Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Don A. Carignan and Brian P. Lortie for outstanding revitalization and rehabilitation of the Emily Cross House Haverhill Heritage, Inc. for outstanding revitalization and rehabilitation of Alumni Hall Cultural and Visitor Center

New England Credit Union Heritage Foundation for outstanding rehabilitation and adaptive use of America’s Credit Union Museum

University of New Hampshire for outstanding rehabilitation of Murkland Hall

The Town of Franconia and the Trustees of Abbie Greenleaf Library for outstanding stewardship of the Abbie Greenleaf Library       

The Town of Hudson and Benson’s Committee - Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award for outstanding stewardship and planning of Benson’s Animal Farm

Great Brook Middle School Fifth Graders (2002-3) and their teachers Barbara Black, Pam Donoghue and Anne Kenney            for an outstanding educational initiative, Hancock Then and Now  

Harry S. Kinter for outstanding leadership in public policy

2003

Town of Boscawen for outstanding historic rehabilitation and adaptive use of Penacook Academy

Manchester Neighborhood Housing Services for outstanding rehabilitation of the Carpenter & Bean and Smith & Dow Blocks

Town of Unity for outstanding historic rehabilitation and adaptive use of Chase's Tavern

Town of Andover for outstanding restoration and stewardship of the Cilleyville Bog Bridge in Andover

Town of Hollis for outstanding educational and planning project Windows on Hollis Past website

Robie's Country Store Historic Preservation Corporation for outstanding advocacy, planning and stewardship

Grace Episcopal Church for outstanding restoration and stewardship

City of Nashua for renovation and stewardship of historic Holman Stadium

Ocean Properties for outstanding renovation, revitalization and compatible new construction of Wentworth by the Sea

Rolfe Barn Preservation Effort by The Penacook Historical Society: For its outstanding effort and advocacy in saving the Rolfe Barn

Concord Heritage Commission: For its outstanding effort and advocacy in saving the Rolfe Barn

Concord Monitor: For its comprehensive coverage and editorial support of the Rolfe Barn

Concord City Council and Mayor Michael Donovan: For their critical role in saving the Rolfe Barn

Troy Heritage Commission - Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award for Outstanding Education, Advocacy and Planning

Anne Pilkovsky for outstanding leadership and service in archeology and cultural preservation

Jeffrey Taylor for outstanding leadership and service in historic preservation and community revitalization

2002

Ashland Historical Society for the restoration of the Ashland Railroad Station

Friends of Blow-Me-Down Grange, Plainfield for the revitalization of the Blow-Me-Down Grange

Keene High School American Studies Program for excellence in education

Manchester Historic Association for significant contributions to the field of historic preservation through education and advocacy efforts

Mountain View Grand for outstanding revitalization

Public Service of New Hampshire for the adaptive use of the historic Manchester Steam Plant

Sandwich Center Store Corporation for the revitalization of the Sandwich General Store and Endeavor Cafe

Save the Mill Buildings Now! Keene for effective advocacy

Town of Hillsborough for the rehabilitation of the 1864 stone arch bridge, Lower Village, Hillsborough

Town of Lyme for the restoration and rehabilitation of the Lyme Center Academy Building

Weirs Action Committee for the restoration of the Weirs Beach sign

Christine Fonda for 25 years of excellence and dedicated service to New Hampshire’s preservation movement

Dorothy Mansfield Vaughan for her pioneering role in New Hampshire’s historic preservation movement and life-long commitment to Portsmouth

2001

Concord Historic Associates for the rehabilitation of the two historic brick buildings of the former Page Belting complex

Derry Historical Society and the Town of Derry for the rehabilitation and stewardship of the Adams Memorial Building

Concord Fire Department for the rehabilitation and revitalization of the Old City Water Works

The Meet Me in Suncook Committee for the restoration of the Pembroke Town Clock

The Wakefield Heritage Commission for the preservation and restoration of the 1871 J.W. Garvin Building

Great Brook School Fifth Graders, Antrim - Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Award for developing a printed and audio walking tour of Antrim’s South Village

City of Manchester for its’ leadership and investment in cultural resource revitalization efforts

Carl Schmidt, Orford for service and leadership in public policy, planning and education

James L. Garvin, Concord for excellence in historical scholarship for the book A Building History of Northern New England

2000

People’s Bank of Littleton and Jan Carver of Meadow View Farm for the adaptive Use of the Meadow View Farm

The Wheeler House, Merrimack for the revitalization of the Wheeler House

Eagle of Oddfellows Hall #42 for the restoration and recreation of the Eagle of Oddfellows Hall #42

The Belmont Mill, Belmont for the ehabilitation and adaptive use of the Belmont Mill

Bruce Kimball for preservation education and planning through the New Hampshire State Highway Historical Marker Program

Martha Fuller Clark, Portsmouth for her eadership in public policy

Student Historic Preservation Team of Fairgrounds Junior High, Nashua for preservation education, advocacy and planning

1999

Town of Pelham, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Annemarie B. Hargreaves of the Pelham Historical Society and James L. Garvin of the state Division of Historical Resources for the rehabilitation and restoration of the Abbot Bridge in Pelham

The State of New Hampshire and Rep. Leon Calawa for the rehabilitation and adaptive use of the Brown Building in Concord

Robert Jones for the rescue and renovation of the Coe House in Center Harbor

Fremeau Commercial Block, Manchester for the rehabilitation and stewardship of one of Manchester’s older commercial blocks

Searles School and Chapel, Windham for the on-going restoration and stewardship

Weeks Memorial Library, Lancaster for stewardship

1998

Russell and Geri Dickerman, Monson for the preservation of Monson Village, one of the most significant intact 18th century archeological sites in New Hampshire

Enfield Shaker Museum, Enfield for the preservation of Enfield Shaker Village’s historic core

Southwestern Community Services and the NH Housing and Finance Authority, Walpole for the rehabilitation of 1880 stick style Drewsville Mansion into affordable housing

Renaissance Mills, Littleton for the restoration of this 18th century landmark gristmill

1997

Linda Ray Wilson, Danbury in recognition of a lifetime of vision, leadership and outstanding achievement in historic preservation

Wallace Rhodes and Friends of the Mill, Belmont for halting demolition and exploring salvageability and adaptability of the Belmont Mill

Friends of the Wentworth, Newcastle for advocating the purchase and revitalization of Wentworth-by-the-Sea

Timber Framers Guild of North America, White Mountain National Forest and the Town of Gorham for the restoration of the Dolly Copp Picnic Pavilion

Capitol Center for the Arts, Concord for the preservation and restoration of the Capitol Theater

Someplace(s) Different, Concord for the historic rehabilitation of the Centennial Inn

The Town of Whitefield for its innovation, preservation and adaptation of Whitefield station and Frank’s store for the Whitefield Clinic

1994

Appalachian Mountain Club for its stewardship and heritage tourism activities

Jaffrey Women’s Club, Jaffrey for the restoration of the Universalistic Church steeple (Culter Memorial Building)

Keene Industrial Development Corporation and Keene Housing Authority, Keene for the rehabilitation of the blighted Sears building

Lempster Historical Society, Lempster for the preservation of rare 18tth century meeting house

Manning family, Sullivan family, Manchester Historical Association and Red Cross, Greater Manchester Chapter, Manchester for NH’s first comprehensive easement placed on Frank Pierce Carpenter House

NH Department of Transportation for its’ Covered bridges guide

Plymouth Regional Senior Housing and Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Plymouth for the rehabilitation of B&M Railroad into a regional senior center

Twin Rivers Community Corporation and NH Housing Finance Authority, Franklin for the rehabilitation of the Cottage Hotel for affordable housing

Martha Fuller Clark for her decade of extraordinary service to Inherit New Hampshire and NH preservation efforts

William L. Taylor for his twenty-five years of service teaching history

Townspeople of Newport, Covered Bridge Advisory Commission, Newport Historical Society for the reconstruction of the Corbin Covered Bridge, destroyed by arson in 1993

1993

Appalachian Mountain Club for the preservation of the AMC huts and hotel

Channel 11 and Fritz Wetherbee for creating NH Crossroads

Town of Acworth for the restoration of the Acworth Congregational Church

Town of Milford for outstanding community efforts to save and restore Milford Town Hall

1991

The New Hampshire Landscape Association, The Old Homestead Garden Club of Keene & Swanzey and the parks and Recreation Department of Keene for the Aschuelot River Park Arboretum improvement and protection

James W. Donchess, Mayor, City of Nashuafor the preservation and reuse of Nashua Manufacturing Mill

Stephen A. Barba, Dixville Notch for the enovation and preservation of the Balsams Grand Resort Hotel

Sarah Burt Harris for her commitment to the preservation of New Hampshire’s special character

The Students and Townspeople of Weare for Abijah to Zephiniah, a book of Weare Traditions

1990

PC Connection, Marlow for preserving community character through restoration of important village landmarks

Robert S. Bristol, Sutton for his exemplary community service and his life-long efforts to preserve

Kona Foundation Committee, Center Harbor for the preservation and enhancement of Center Harbor’s Kona Foundation

1989

Lyme Horse Sheds Committee, Lyme for the preservation of Horse Sheds

Randy Miller, East Alstead for creating a distinguished collection of wood engravings

David Putnam, Keene for his long-standing commitment to preservation in NH

 

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