2014 Seven to Save Listees

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Each year, nominations for the statewide Seven to Save list highlight critical preservation needs and opportunities around the state. Selections for 2014 include some unusual places, highly significant structures, and a statewide listing of our historical agricultural landscape and family farms.

Help out by contacting one of the property or project representatives below, or contact Maggie Stier at the Preservation Alliance at 224-2281 or ms@nhpreservation.org. Support the Preservation Alliance and stay connected!

BrownCompanyHouseBerlin

 

Brown Company House, Berlin

Believed to be the oldest wood frame building in the city and a key part of the history of mills and logging in Berlin; needed repairs are a big challenge for non-profit owner Tri-County CAP. 

Contact: Sandra Patrick 752 7001 sandypatrick@tccap.org

 

 

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Kimball Lake Cabins, Hopkinton

 A Depression-era lakeside resort with four remaining log cabins,  closed since the 1980s; now owned by the town of Hopkinton which seeks support for rehabilitation and new community uses.  

Contact: Jim O’Brien, jim_obrien@tnc.org, 856-5378

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Hill-Lassonde House, Manchester

This vacant bank-owned Italianate style home, opposite a city park, is highly vulnerable; without a new owner and investment it may fall victim to arson or demolition.  

Contact: Michael Duffy II, mduffyII@comcast.net, 603-493-4055.

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Poore Family Farm, Stewartstown 

Needs more support to preserve its early house and barn and fulfill its potential as a place to learn about life on a farm without electricity, plumbing, or other modern conveniences.   

Contact: Rick Johnsen, 237-5500 rick@PooreFamilyFoundation.org

 

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Neighboring Town Treasures

Bradford Town Hall: Iconic landmark now vacant pending voter-approved funding for upgrades that would meet current codes and allow reopening of the second floor hall for community use. 

Contact: Sonny Harris, selectman, sonny@countryhousesre.com,  568-8059.

Washington Meetinghouse/Town Hall: An 18An 18An 18An th century building that doesn’t meet the town’s 21st century office and meeting space needs.  A workable plan and 2/3rds voter approval for funding are needed. 

Contact: Ron Jaeger, 495-3618, rjaeger@gsinet.net

WatsonAcademy Epping

 

 

Watson Academy, Epping

This rare Queen Anne style school building needs town support for a simple plan to address damage caused by a minor earthquake.    

 

Contact: Sandy Goodspeed, 734-2799 sandygoodspeed@comcast.net

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Historic Family Farms and Agricultural Landscapes, statewide

The trend of dramatic loss in cultivated acreage and challenges facing family farms will require strong creative efforts to help maintain historic buildings and traditional landscapes throughout the state.     

Contact: Beverly Thomas, 224-2281 bt@nhpreservation.org,    

 

For a printable version of this list, please click here.

 

On October 22, 2014, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance announced  its 2014 Seven to Save list of threatened historic landmarks from throughout the state that are significant and worthy of preservation. A bonus 8th listing this year focuses on historic family-owned farms and agricultural landscapes statewide.  Seven to Save is a means to recognize the value of saving and reviving historic places that are important to both local communities and our statewide heritage. 

 

This year, listees include town halls in the neighboring towns of Bradford and Washington, the historic Watson Academy in Epping, the Hill-Lassonde house opposite Manchester’s Bronstein Park, and Hopkinton’s Kimball Lake Cabins.  In Coos County, the Poore Family Farm in Stewartstown and the Brown Company House in Berlin made the list. 

According to Seven to Save chair Hunter Ulf, “Seven to Save recognizes the value of saving and reviving historic places that are important to local communities as well as the state’s identity and economic vitality.  And it is a call to action so that these important places might get what they need and help keep New Hampshire New Hampshire.”

Since 2006, when the Seven to Save program began, over 30 properties have moved from “threatened” to “saved” or out of danger.  Major successes include Pandora Mill in Manchester, the restored Acworth Meetinghouse, and the Mill Pond Dam in Durham.  Some past listees like the Balsams in Dixville Notch and the Gas Holder in Concord still have uncertain futures.

Lorraine Merrill, Commissioner of the N.H. Department of Agriculture, Markets and Foods, spoke on behalf of historic family farms.  The owner of a historic farm herself, she noted that New Hampshire has, over the last 25 years, lost one out of four acres of prime farmland to development—and about 1 out of 3 acres in the seacoast.  Solutions include more farm-friendly land use policies, direct marketing and conservation efforts. “Farms and farming activity contribute to the rural character so prized in New Hampshire communities. We hope that this designation will foster creative efforts to support farms, farmers and farm buildings in a powerful coalition,” she said.

Loss of population, not growth, has affected the two North Country properties on the Seven to Save list.  The Brown Company House in Berlin, believed to be the oldest wood frame building in the city, was a central part of the history of mills and logging in Berlin, but suffers from a long list of needed repairs.  Likewise, the Poore Family Farm Museum in Stewartstown needs more visitors and more financial support to preserve its early house and barn and fulfill its potential as a place to learn about life without electricity, indoor plumbing, or other modern conveniences.

Historic Town Halls in Bradford and Washington garnered Seven to Save nods because of the challenges in obtaining voter-approved funding for upgrades that would bring the buildings into code compliance and allow re-opening of now-shuttered second floor halls for plays, meetings, and community gatherings.  Epping’s Watson Academy, a rare Queen Anne style school building, needs town support for a simple plan to address damage caused by a minor earthquake.  Kimball Lake Cabins, a lakeside resort building during the Depression and now owned by the town of Hopkinton, needs support for building rehabilitation and a new plan for sustainable uses.  A bank-owned Italianate style home in Manchester, opposite a city park, made the list because of its vulnerability to vandalism and squatters.

Before the announcement, the Preservation Alliance held its annual meeting and offered a walking and driving tour of selected historic buildings in Kensington in conjunction wit the Kensington Historical Society.  “We chose to hold this year’s announcement in Kensington because it’s a great example of preservation in action,” said Maggie Moody Stier of the Preservation Alliance. In 2012, the Kensington Town Hall was named to Seven to Save, and since then, improvements have been made to return it to town use.  Granges, statewide, made the Seven to Save list in 2013.  Kensington’s former Grange hall hosted the Seven to Save announcement event, and was recently repainted thanks to a generous private donor. 

Criteria for Seven to Save include the property’s historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which the Seven to Save listing could help in preserving or protecting the property. 

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide membership organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through education, resources and advocacy.  For more information, visit www.nhpreservation.org

 

2014 Seven to Save sponsors include:

The Lewis Family Foundation

Anagnost-LogoCos

Ian Milestone

and
 Christopher P. Williams Architects PLLC

 HEB Engineers

Lavallee | Brensinger Architects

TMS Architects

Preservation Company

Ned Tate, Tate & Foss/Sotheby’s