Join Us for Awards Celebration May 13

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The 2014 Preservation Achievement Awards will be presented on May 13, 2014 at the Concord City Auditorium. Don't miss this popular celebration.

We welcome this opportunity to recognize outstanding projects and people while inspiring others,” said the Preservation Alliance’s Executive Director Jennifer Goodman.  The 2014 will be announced in a program starting at 4:45 p.m. To celebrate the 25th year of the awards, teams from the over 190 winning projects have been invited to return to this year's ceremony and the program will also feature past winners and a presentation of highlights from past awards.

Last year’s awards included the restoration of a cobbler shop in Dunbarton, the revitalization of the Newmarket Mills, the restoration of the Milton Town House, and the creation of a documentary film on the Washington, NH meetinghouse. 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.

Register here. Or call 603-224-2281 with any questions.

 This year’s award program is sponsored by Sheehan, Phinney, Bass + Green, Preservation Company, North Branch Construction, Inc., Elizabeth Durfee Hengen Preservation Consultant and CMK Architects, P.A.

 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.


Early Town Meeting Results For Preservation

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We have some early reports of preservation-related voting yesterday, and results are mixed.

Money for the renovation of town halls was a big issue in several towns, but only Wolfeboro came away with a big win as far as we know.   There, $750,000 was pledged from private citizens to offset the total $4 million cost to renovation Brewster Memorial Hall (Seven to Save 2009).  Kudos to the Friends of Wolfeboro Town Hall for a successful seven-year effort! 

Disappointing votes came in on renovation projects for the Washington meetinghouse, the Bradford Town Hall, and relocation of town offices to the former Epsom meetinghouse (Seven to Save 2006).   

Also from Seven to Save, Boscawen’s 1913 library got the $25,000 in planning money it requested.  Rye approved funds for the final planning stage for  renovations and addition to their town hall.  And Belmont’s Heritage Commission has an additional $7500 to help with bandstand rehabilitation though their first try at adopting a Demolition Review ordinance failed.

Exeter voters approved the removal of the Great Falls Dam in Exeter, a head-of-tide dam that has been a landmark for centuries.   In Winchester, a petition warrant article to abolish the Historic District ordinance was defeated. 

Finally, funds were voted for the complete removal of the Cruft Block in Bethlehem, badly destroyed by fire last year.

We are still collecting and publicizing preservation-related votes, so please let us know what happened in your town. Contact Maggie Stier at or 224-2281.


Share Your Old House Success or Challenge

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Preservation Pin Ups Launched At Expo!


Need some advice or a pat on the back? The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance invites you to submit a Preservation Pin Up story of an old house success or challenge using a short on-line form at

A first set of Preservation Pin Ups were featured at the Alliance’s Old House & Barn Expo March 15 to 16, 2014; others will be shared on their web-site and in other forums during the year ahead.

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, communities and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy. 


Alliance's weatherization tips on WMUR

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Check out some of our weatherization tips on WMUR-TV9's web-site and come to our Old House and Barn Expo on March 15-16 in Manchester to learn more and share your ideas!


Barn Tax Incentive Use Continues to Grow

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Eighty-seven towns and cities in New Hampshire are now using the state's tax incentive program to encourage historic barn preservation. According to data collected by the N.H. Department of Revenue Administration, by the close of 2013, 462 historic structures were enrolled in the program.  

New municipalities which joined the eleven-year-old program this past year -- showing their support for the preservation of historic barns in their communities -- are Meredith and Rumney.

Notable increases took place in Weare, Deerfield and Lancaster. Peterborough continues to lead the state with the number of structure protected at 23, with Plainfield second at 18, and Cornish and Kensington tied for third at 17 each.

“We are encouraged that the use of the barn tax incentive program continues to grow,” said Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance. “People across the state and their municipal leaders understand the significance of these historic structures and their importance in telling the story of New Hampshire’s agricultural past and the value these barns bring to the scenic landscape of their communities,” she said.

Modeled after the state's open space discretionary easement program, the barn tax incentive allows municipalities to grant property tax relief to barn owners who can demonstrate the public benefit of preserving their barns or other old farm buildings while agreeing to maintain their structures through a10-year renewable easement. In return, the local selectboard or city council provides tax relief of 25% to 75% of the full assessed value of the building and the land underneath it. In addition, the assessment will not increase as a result of maintenance or repair work that is performed while the easement is in effect.

Carl Schmidt, chair of the N.H. Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee, welcomed the continued growth of the tax incentive program, noting that it is now being used in over a third of all towns and cities in the state and that this year’s growth was the largest annual increase since 2006. However, he also cautioned that, "this important tool is still under-utilized and I hope that more barn owners and municipalities embrace this opportunity to help save an essential part of our state’s character."  He noted that municipalities with strong barn preservation advocates or an active heritage commission or other group that helps guide   selectboards or city councils make a big difference in the use of this tool.

Barn owners interested in applying for the incentive to become effective in the coming tax year need to apply by April 15, 2014. Also of note is that easements that went into effect the second year of the program (2004) for a ten-year term will expire on March 31, 2014. Property taxes on the relevant structures may then increase unless the easements are renewed.  Applications for renewal, like new applications, must be submitted to your local Selectboard on N.H. DRA form PA-36-A no later than April 15, 2014.

Applications can be obtained from your town office or download an information packet with application from the Alliance’s web-site or call 603-224-2281. Applications are also available at

Additional features of the comprehensive barn preservation initiative drected by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, the state Division of Historical Resources and other members of the Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee include financial and technical assistance, a voluntary survey program, an information network, and educational programs and publications. 

The New Hampshire Historic Agricultural Structures Advisory Committee was established by state legislation in 1999 to support the preservation of N.H.’s historic barns and agricultural structures. The committee is comprised of representatives from state agencies, non-profit organizations and agricultural leaders.

 The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the state's nonprofit membership organization committed to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy.

Barn preservation information will be showcased at two upcoming events that are open to the public:

Farm and Forest Expo, February 7-8, 2014 Old House and Barn Expo at the Center of NH - Radisson Hotel Manchester, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. Including barn preservation presentation on February 7 at 10 a.m. (see for more information)

N.H. Preservation Alliance’s March 15-16, 2014 Old House and Barn Expo at the Center of NH - Radisson Hotel Manchester, 700 Elm Street, Manchester, NH. 


Preservation Alliance Director Granted Honorary Membership by NH AIA

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At its annual awards ceremony in January, AIA NH recognized Jennifer Goodman for her outstanding work and dedication to the architectural and preservation communities in New Hampshire and for her expertise in preserving New Hampshire's historical legacy as Executive Director of the NH Preservation Alliance. Specific accomplishments include her leadership and efforts to save and revive the Daniel Webster Farm in Webster; the team effort that received the National Honor Award for the Acworth Meetinghouse Restoration in 2011; and leading the collaborative efforts to develop a preservation easement and the Old House and Barn Expo. Through her leadership of the Preservation Alliance since 1998, she has improved preservation assistance for community preservation leaders and homeowners, increased its membership over 200%. She has helped organize support for important legislative actions, including the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program (LCHIP) and an expanded downtown preservation tax incentive. Jennifer has also presented and published widely on community-based preservation planning and advocacy techniques that require negotiation and collaboration. She established the Green Guidelines for state and local policy-makers and co-edited Restoring Women’s History through Historic Preservation, which won the Society of Architectural Historians’ preservation award in 2004.

In making the presentation, Christopher Williams AIA, said, “Working on behalf of many communities within the State, Goodman has helped to preserve our historic character through the preservation of historic buildings, landmarks, landscapes, and neighborhoods. On top of all that, Jennifer is modest, calm, and exudes a can-do attitude mixed with a terrific enthusiasm for preservation and collaboration…and she’s fun to work with!”

Goodman noted productive collaborations with NH AIA over the years in her acceptance remarks, and acknowledged the work of the Alliance staff team of Beverly Thomas, Maggie Stier, Pat Meyers and Virginia Davidson in meeting preservation goals that relate to the AIA's mission and the leadership and support of architect board members over the years including Chris Williams, John Merkle, Paul Mirski, Pat Sherman, Jim Somes, Hunter Ulf, Duffy Monahon and Rick Monahon.

Phyllis Stibler ASID, president of the largest, longest-lived, and most successful Interior Design practice in New Hampshire, was also granted honorary membership at the event. Previous honorary member inductees include architectural historian James Garvin; Etoile Holzaepfel, ASLA; planner Jeff Taylor; long-time deputy director of the N.H. Division of Historical Resources Linda Ray Wilson; and Lew Feldsein, former president of the N.H. Charitable Foundation.

This award is bestowed on non-architects who have given distinguished service to the profession of architecture or to the arts and sciences related to architecture within the state of New Hampshire. 

AIA New Hampshire is the state component of the national professional association headquartered in Washington, DC, representing 80,000 U.S. registered architects. AIANH has includes over 209 architect members, a majority of the architects in the state; 40 Associate members, and 90 Professional Affiliate members.

For 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA members have access to the right people, knowledge, and tools to create better design, and through such resources and access, they help clients and communities make their visions real. For more information about the NH chapter of the American Institute of Architects, please go to




2014 Clinton Sheerr Award Bestowed Posthumously to Rick and Duffy Monahon

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The 2014 Clinton Sheerr Award for Excellence in New Hampshire Architecture was bestowed posthumously on Duffy Monahon andRick Monahon AIA. In addition to awarding the Clinton Sheerr Award to the Monahons, AIANH has instituted a new award, the Rick and Duffy Monahon Award for Excellence in Architectural Preservation, which will begin with the 2015 Design Awards program.

Barry Brensinger AIA

Rick and Duffy Monahon were two extraordinary people who gave generously throughout their careers in the areas of architecture, preservation, and planning. Rick began his architectural practice in Peterborough, NH, in the early ’70s, with the rehabilitation of the historic Harrisville mills (a project that he continued to work on until his death). After meeting Duffy, and their subsequent marriage, they worked together at their firm, Richard M. Monahon, Jr. AIA Architects, housed in the Granite Block in Peterborough.

They were both passionate about history and finding new uses for old buildings and so it made sense that they would become intensely involved in planning and historic preservation. In their hometown of Peterborough Rick helped grow the Peterborough Players facility from a simple barn into a true summer theater complex. They both took great pride in Duffy’s renovation of the historic Dublin Lake Club and her discoveries and subsequent restoration of the concealed jewels of the Wilton Town Library.

Rick twice served as a director on the AIANH Board of Directors and was a founding member of the NH Preservation Alliance. He also served on the board of Plan NH and undertook numerous pro-bono design charrettes and consultations, just to lend a hand and help a good project move forward. He was a member of the Peterborough Planning Board and the NH State Board of Architects, of which he had taken chairmanship shortly before his death.

The two of them also continued to push back the encroaching vegetation of time on their land to when it was farmed and did much to frame the issues of community farming.

The Executive Director of the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, Jennifer Goodman, said, the Monahons “seemed to collect new ideas and new friends wherever they went, and inspired their peers, clients, and a new generation of architects and preservationists.” They were visionaries and a source of energy.

The Monahons won numerous awards over the years from AIANH: Newbury Center Meeting House; Dublin Lake Club; Gregg Free Library, Wilton; a private home in New Mexico; Stefansson Nef Photographic Studio, Peterborough; Crotched Mountain Rehabilitation Center Student Apartments, Greenfield; Shops at Granite Hill; Hooksett; Parish Hall of the All Saints Episcopal Church, Peterborough; Peterborough Savings Bank addition; and the Main House Renovation and Addition at the Dublin School.

The Town Hall, Temple; Searles Library, Windham; and the Brown Block, Keene, all received awards from the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.

In presenting the award, Daniel Scully AIA, said, “The recipients of this year’s Clinton Sheerr Award have given and given to their communities and the State of New Hampshire for decades, constantly protecting and rebuilding our past, while looking toward our future. Our communities, and the built environment of these communities, are culturally richer for Rick and Duffy.”

The Preservation Alliance is working with friends and colleagues of the Monahons to establish a fund in their honor that supports seed grants to community preservation projects. For more information, click here or contact Jennifer Goodman at 603-224-2281 or

AIA New Hampshire is the state component of the national professional association headquartered in Washington, DC, representing 80,000 U.S. registered architects. AIANH has includes over 209 architect members, a majority of the architects in the state; 40 Associate members, and 90 Professional Affiliate members.

For 150 years, members of The American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. AIA members have access to the right people, knowledge, and tools to create better design, and through such resources and access, they help clients and communities make their visions real. For more information about the NH chapter of the American Institute of Architects, please go to

Photo: John Hession



LCHIP Awards to 39 Special Places

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The Board of Directors of the Land and Community Heritage Investment Program announced grants to thirty-nine projects on January 6 -- twenty-eight historic resources and eleven land conservation projects. Locations range from Pittsburg in the north to Winchester in the southwest and Star Island in the southeast. The smallest grant award is for $5,750 to the 1820 Lane Tavern in Sanbornton. The largest
is for $400,000 to the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire toward permanent conservation of 462 acres in Epping.

“The Board of Directors greatly appreciates the Legislature’s decision to provide full funding for LCHIP’s important grants,” says LCHIP Board Chair Doug Cole of D.S. Cole Growers. “The projects awarded grants represent an array of New Hampshire’s best natural, cultural and historic resources. Since my business depends on growing plants, I am particularly pleased that five projects to protect working farm land are among those selected to receive funding.” Developing the program, and advocating for its funding, has been a top priority of the Preservation Alliance and conservation colleagues since its inception in 2000.

Funding for the LCHIP grants comes from fees on four types of documents recorded at Registries of Deeds all around the state and is expected to be $4.1 million for FY ’14 (July 2013 – June 2014). Grant recipients receive money after the money has come in from the registry fees. Applicants are allowed up to 24 months to complete their other fund raising and the project implementation.

The historic resource projects span more than two centuries, from the city of Portsmouth’s 1705 African Burying Ground to the 1915 Palace Theater in Manchester. The land conservation projects will provide permanent protection for 4,187 acres, including the smallest, 19 acre Stickney Hill Farm in Concord, a project of Five Rivers Conservation Trust and the largest, The Nature Conservancy’s 1,324 acre Green Hills Expansion Project in Conway. Other highlights include $340,000 to the Forest Society and Lakes Region Conservation Trust’s campaign to conserve the popular hiking destination, Mount Major and $15,000 each to historic bandstands in Belmont and Kingston. There are funded projects in each of the ten counties of the state.

In addition to protecting and conserving places people love, LCHIP projects provide economic benefits to the state and communities. With a total project value of $14.8 million, this grant round has leverage of more than three dollars of money from other sources matching each LCHIP dollar, well above the minimum required match of 1:1. These projects will also provide employment for more than 200 people and contribute $3.5 million to local payrolls. They will attract an estimated 390,000 visitors per year, many of whom will also shop, dine and stay locally, bolstering local economies all around the state.

Even with full funding this year, the expressed need for assistance was greater than the amount available. Communities have a strong desire to protect and conserve their most treasured natural, cultural and historic resources. Seventy-five projects applied for funding, with a total request to LCHIP of a more than $7,000,000. At least some of the thirty-six projects that applied but did not receive
funding have already expressed an interest in applying for funding in a future grant round. The next grant round is expected to open in June of 2014.

The New Hampshire Land and Community Heritage Investment Program is an independent state authority that provides matching grants to New Hampshire communities and non-profits to protect and preserve the state’s most important natural, cultural and historic resources. Its legislatively mandated mission is to ensure the perpetual contribution of these resources to the economy, environment and the quality of life in New Hampshire. Up until the current grant round, 240 LCHIP grants have helped 141 New Hampshire communities conserve more than 260,000 acres of land and 142 historic structures and sites. The $27 million of state money invested in these projects has leveraged more than $237 million in total project value. LCHIP grants are supported by fees on four documents recorded at the Registry of Deeds in every county of the state.

 For a complete list of projects and more on LCHIP visit or call (603) 224-4113.


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