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2017 CONNECTICUT PRESERVATION AWARDS RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED

Contact: Erin Marchitto

203-562-6312

EMarchitto@cttrust.org


For Immediate Release

March 24, 2017

2017 Connecticut Preservation Awards Recipients Announced


The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has announced its annual Connecticut Preservation Awards, recognizing outstanding preservation projects and people who have made significant contributions to the preservation of Connecticut’s historic buildings and places. The awards will be presented on Wednesday, April 5, at the Keeney Memorial Cultural Center in Wethersfield and on Thursday, April 13, at the Pequot Library in Southport.

“Our 2017 awards recognize a diverse range of historic preservation projects and achievements from across Connecticut,” said Daniel Mackay, Executive Director of the Connecticut Trust. “Each person and project that the Trust has recognized demonstrates the skill and determination required to protect our state’s rich architectural and cultural heritage.”

This year’s awards are:

Harlan Griswold Award for Historic Preservation, jointly presented by the Connecticut Trust and the State Historic Preservation Office for significant contributions to historic preservation in Connecticut

City of New Britain, for making historic preservation a key element of its overall development and revitalization planning.

Janet Jainschigg Award, for preservation professionals

Janet Lindstrom, retiring director of the New Canaan Historical Society.

During Janet Lindstrom’s tenure, the society often advocated for preservation of the town’s historic resources. In particular, the society was a leading advocate for New Canaan’s unique collection of post-World War II Modernist houses.

Mimi Findlay Award, for young preservationists

 Mandy Ranslow, archaeologist for the Connecticut Department of Transportation.

Mandy Ranslow is an effective professional working in an agency that does not have historic preservation at the core of its mission. In addition, she passionately promotes understanding of archaeology and historic preservation as a volunteer.

Merit Awards

Bridgeport, Harral, Security, and Wheeler buildings

BHV I Owner LLC; Bridgeport Historic Ventures LLC, a joint Venture of Spinnaker Real Estate Partners and Trefz Corp.; Beinfield Architecture; Crosskey Architects, LLC; Stantec Consulting; Pelliccione & Associates, LLC; DeAngelis & Cabezas, LLC; HRP Associates, Inc.; Mystic Air Quality Consultants, Inc.; Nobis Engineering, Inc.; Consulting Architect, LLC; Viking Construction, Inc.  

These three historic commercial buildings have been converted to residential and retail use, in the process expanding the boundary of revitalization efforts in downtown Bridgeport.

Greenwich, Mueller Preserve

Greenwich Land Trust; Louise Mueller; Shoreline Design Group, LLC; Soundview Engineers: Auburn Landing, Inc.

The Greenwich Land Trust has rehabbed this farmhouse and outbuildings for its office and programming, providing a model that land conservation can include preservation of historic built resources.

Hartford, 777 Main Street

777 Main LLC; Becker + Becker Associates; Crosskey Architects; DiSimone Engineers; LN Consulting; Jan Cunningham; VHB; EverSource

An adaptive-use project has converted this important Modernist office building to apartments that models sustainability through net-zero energy system and LEED Platinum.

Hartford, Capewell Lofts

Corporation for Independent Living; Crosskey Architects; TO Design; James K. Grant Associates; Van Zelm Engineers; Elyssa Schwendy

The Corporation for Independent Living succeeded in converting this historic factory to housing, after three earlier attempts failed. The complex, which achieved LEED Silver designation, provides a bridge connecting downtown Hartford to Coltsville.

New Haven, Yale Center for British Art

Yale University: Yale Center for British Art; Office of Facilities; Knight Architecture; Turner Construction Company; Peter Inskip & Peter Jenkins Architects Ltd.; Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, BVH Integrated Services, Philip R. Sherman, P.E., Hefferan Partnership Lighting Design; Cavanaugh Tocci Associates; Michael Morris, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Strong Cohen Graphic Design; LMB Facilities Solutions; Stephen Saitas Designs

Renovation of this world-renowned architectural masterpiece focused on the necessary aspects of systems and repairing worn materials. Most important, the Center has created a conservation plan to guide future maintenance and preservation needs.

New Haven, New Haven County Courthouse

State of Connecticut; JCJ Architecture; Building Conservation Associates; Hoffman Architects; Kronenberger & Son Restoration

The State of Connecticut has begun to reverse decades of neglect and outright abuse by cleaning, repairing, and restoring the exterior of this courthouse, a landmark on the New Haven Green. Future phases are expected to continue this excellent beginning.

New Milford, United Bank building

Village Green Investments, LLC; Andrew Hennessey; Old Mill Builders; New Castle Homes; Heritage Resources

For years, this prominent building sat vacant until Village Green Investments successfully converted it to offices and event space, bringing new foot traffic to New Milford’s most important street corner. This is only the most recent of several projects that the developer has undertaken to revitalize the town center.

Roxbury, Mine Hill Distillery

Mine Hill Distillery; Clifford A. Cooper, Architect; Harrison Carpentry; Christopher Laux

In a once-thriving rural hub of commerce, industry and transportation, an historic cigar factory and sheds have been converted to a craft distillery. In addition, the crumbling railroad station was reconstructed, and the general store rehabbed as offices for the local land trust.

Stamford, Ferguson Library

Ferguson Library; City of Stamford Historic Preservation Advisory Commission; Silver, Petrucelli & Associates; A. P. Construction; Kronenberger & Sons Restoration, Inc.

After fire damaged its portico, leaders of this early-20th-century library considered replacing the columns with off-the-shelf fiberglass. In the end, they chose instead to repair and restore the columns, entablature, roof parapets and doors, returning a signal building to its historic appearance.

Stamford, Hubbard Mansion

Pam Cunconan and Rebecca Shannonhouse; Elena Kalman; Heritage Resources; Renée Kahn; Emerson Construction; Milton Gregory Grew; Redniss & Mead; First County Bank; City of Stamford: Office of the Fire Marshal, Building Department, Land Use Bureau, Historic Preservation Advisory Commission         

When this Second Empire house-turned-private school came on the market, it seemed a certain teardown. Two neighbors with no background in preservation or real estate development stepped up to buy the building, renovated it, and rented it to another school. In the process, the effort sparked a National Register district listing for the entire neighborhood.

Waterbury, Republican-American tower restoration

American-Republican, Inc.; Loring & Son Masonry, contractor; Kwest A/E Corporation, Thor Helical

Since 1952 the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper has occupied the city’s former railroad station, and its most prominent piece of architecture. When the building’s clock tower needed repairs, the newspaper company restored it using current technology—a true gift to the community.

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit statewide membership organization established by special act of the Connecticut General Assembly. Working with local preservation groups and individuals as well as statewide organizations, the Trust encourages, advocates, and facilitates historic preservation throughout Connecticut.

For more information, contact Erin Marchitto, Communications Manager, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, (203) 562-6312; email emarchitto@cttrust.org.

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Historic Greenwich, CT Outdoor Theater to be Reinstalled at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 2/3/17

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

Daniel Mackay, Executive Director

203-562-6312; 475-355-5351 (cell)

DMackay@cttrust.org

Historic Greenwich, CT Outdoor Theater to be Reinstalled at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, NY

Greenwich—The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has been instrumental in finding a new home for the State Register-listed O’Neil Theater. Architect Horton O’Neil designed and built his modern interpretation of a Grecian outdoor theater, consisting of more than 2,500 slabs of marble on his Cos Cob estate in 1934. O’Neil and his wife Madelyn Phillips O'Neil, a dancer, presented programs on site through the 1960s until neighbors objected to the crowds and traffic they attracted. When the O’Neil property was recently purchased for redevelopment, neighbors learned that the theater was to be removed and components repurposed, and called upon the Connecticut Trust to facilitate a collaborative effort involving the new property owners, contractor Frank DeLuca of Coastal Construction Group and local residents to identify a new location and use for the theater within the contractor’s tight time frame.

“In recent decades, the O’Neil Theater had become a largely forgotten gem in the Greenwich landscape,” noted Daniel Mackay, Executive Director of the Connecticut Trust. “While the Trust is pleased to have provided expertise and encouragement to facilitate this save, it would not have been possible to pursue the relocation and reuse of this structure without the sincere cooperation of the landowners, contractors and the deep generosity of a donor.” 

An anonymous friend of the O’Neil Family whom is also a long-time Cos Cob resident and Sarah Lawrence College alumna, offered the O’Neil Theater to the College for reuse on their Bronx, NY campus. Upon learning of the College’s interest, the Connecticut Trust solicited the assistance of the A. Ottavino Company in Ozone Park, NY, a firm widely experienced in masonry preservation, to determine the feasibility, costs and timeframe for deconstruction and relocation. Subsequently the Sarah Lawrence alumna offered to underwrite those costs and the Connecticut Trust assisted development of terms for a three-way agreement between the alumna, property owner and college to donate and repurpose this unique gift.

Work has commenced to document and remove the theater, with a deadline of March 31st. The project will salvage approximately 80% of the original theater for reinstallation at Sarah Lawrence College. Remaining components of the theater will be reused on site.

“The deconstruction, conservation and reinstallation of this unique historic resource was done without invoking a demolition delay and under great time pressure,” noted Mackay. “I am thankful that among our highly capable staff, Wes Haynes is Stamford-based and able to engage preservation challenges so effectively in southwestern Connecticut.”

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NEC Future FEIS Document

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) finally released its once-in-a-generation blueprint for rail travel along the Northeast Corridor in a surprise announcement shortly before the winter holidays. The NEC Future FEIS document confirms reports published by the CT Trust and SECoast in September 2016 that revealed that the preferred route for new high speed rail service through Connecticut included 79 miles of proposed new alignments through New London and Fairfield Counties.

Since the release of the FEIS, the Connecticut Trust, and our grassroots partner SECoast, have been putting in the hours, working through the roughly fourteen-hundred pages of planning documents as we prepare our final public comment on the plan. We’ve also been fielding questions from the public and government officials in both Connecticut and Rhode Island, and responding to queries and calls from the Associated Press, Stamford Advocate, Harford Courant, Connecticut Mirror, New London Day, Westerly Sun, Providence Journal, NPR, and Politico.

Aside from a fairly popular planned upgrade and electrification of the New Haven-Hartford-Springfield route, reaction to final route selection ranged from alarm to confusion and concern. Even after five years of planning, many residents and officials in Connecticut are still squinting at the poor-quality published maps and coming grips with a whole new vocabulary of “aerial structures” and preservation law.

By far the greatest concern has centered on the 79 miles of new rail corridor in two segments, from New Rochelle to Greens Farms in Fairfield County and from Old Saybrook through New London County to Kenyon, Rhode Island. These segments pose extraordinary impacts to historic, cultural and environmental resources in coastal Connecticut—possible block-wide swaths of neighborhoods in Riverside and Darien, significant view-shed concerns in Stamford and Norwalk, a devastating route through the historic heart of Old Lyme, and significant impacts to Mystic, New London (including the newly-minted historic district of Hodges Square Village) and North Stonington.

If Old Lyme has been Connecticut’s canary in the coalmine regarding proposed plans, there is growing concern, particularly in Fairfield County, about what potential impacts maybe hiding in the dense planning documents. Similarly, Rhode Island communities are now on full alert to potential impacts. Upon the FEIS publication on December 16th, town officials in Charlestown, Rhode Island discovered they were targeted to suffer among the greatest environmental and historic resource impacts along the entire Northeast Corridor. CT Trust executive director Daniel Mackay, and newly-hired director of Special Projects Gregory Stroud, were invited to lead off a town meeting attended by roughly 400 concerned residents, Amtrak officials, and various state and federal government representatives. The public’s unanimous opposition to the bypass (impacting approximately 100 properties) was followed by a town resolution opposing the bypass and has subsequently triggered a resolution of opposition by regional delegation of the Rhode Island state legislature.

The FRA will hold one final meeting on the NEC Future plans in New England, in Springfield, MA on January 25th—far removed from most the Connecticut and Rhode Island communities with the plans greatest impacts, but still worth attending. Trust staff will be attending and we expect municipal officials from Rhode Island and Connecticut to also be present.

Comments on the FEIS documentation are currently due January 31st. The Connecticut Trust and SECoast asked FRA for a Waiting Period extension to solicit more detailed public comment to the plan. FRA denied that request according to press reports. Subsequently, Senators Blumenthal and Murphy, and all members of the Connecticut House delegation have asked for such an extension, as have municipal officials in both Connecticut and Rhode Island. Nonetheless, the Trust continues to prepare our extensive comments for January submission. You can join us in submitting questions or comments to the FRA by emailing them to info@necfuture.com, where they will be entered into the final record.

March 2016 HPTAG & Maintenance and Repair Grants Awarded

HPTAG & Maintenance and Repair Grants Awarded March 2016 by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

For Immediate Release

March 28, 2016

Contact: Erin Marchitto

203-562-6312

EMarchitto@cttrust.org

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation approved Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants, and Maintenance and Repair Grants totaling $313,867 to 28 municipalities and nonprofit organizations. The grants are matching and will make possible a minimum initial investment of $627,734 in these historic sites.

These grants, intended to encourage and support community efforts in planning for the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic buildings and places, are part of the Trust’s technical assistance program in collaboration with and with generous funding from the Connecticut General Assembly and the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development, through the Community Investment Act.

The grants went to:

Bristol, American Clock & Watch Museum $5,250 for predevelopment planning for the adaptive reuse of the Quinlan House (1890).

Burlington, Congregational Church of Burlington (1836) $13,000 for exterior repair and paint. 

Danbury, City of Danbury $20,000 Octagon House (1853) feasibility study and condition assessment for rehabilitation. 

Danielson, Temple Beth El Preservation Society $12,250 for electrical system upgrades for safety and capacity.  The temple is a significant example of mid-century modern architecture 1951 and represents an important part of post-WWII immigrant history.

Darien, Darien Historical Society $3,500 for Bates-Scofield House (mid 1700s) - capital needs assessment. 

Darien, First Congregational Church $10,175 for a capital needs assessment. 

East Litchfield, East Litchfield Village Improvement Society & East Litchfield Chapel (1868) $7750 for window repair.

Enfield, Enfield Congregational Church (1849) $10,000 for exterior carpentry repair and painting.

Farmington, First Church of Christ Congregational 1652 Meetinghouse (1771) $10,000 for exterior carpentry repairs and repainting, roof and gutter repairs at the meetinghouse.  The meetinghouse, built by local architect-builder Judah Woodruff in 1771, is an outstanding building at the center of the Farmington historic district.

Groton, Groton Congregational Church $8925 for a Condition assessment 1902 Old English fieldstone meetinghouse. 

Hampton, Connecticut Audubon - Trail Wood (1806) - Edwin Way Teale Memorial Sanctuary, capital needs assessment, re-use plan for buildings. $19,265. Trail Wood has dual significance as an early house and as the residence of a noted 20th C. naturalist and author Edwin Way Teale.

Hartford, Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd $10,000 for stained glass window restoration at Caldwell Colt Memorial Parish House (1895), a signature building in the Coltsville National Historic Park.

Hartford, Faith Congregational Church $9,000 for a condition assessment of Windsor Avenue Congregational Church (1872). 

Hartford, Holy Trinity Church $15,000 for Holy Trinity Church rectory (1900) repair and paint exterior trim. 

Hartford, Upper Albany Main Street Program $2,000 for State Register nomination Stanley P. Rockwell Co. (1921).

Mansfield, Mansfield Historical Society $16,012 for condition assessment of the society's museum and research library located in the old Town Hall ( 1843) and former Town Office Building (1935).  NR- Spring Hill Historic District.

Naugatuck, St. Michael's Episcopal Church (1875) $15,000 for stained glass window restoration. 

New Haven, Westville Village Renaissance Alliance $10,000 for pre-development planning for West Rock Theatre aka Lyric Hall (1913) located on Whalley Avenue Westville Village NR district

New London, New London Landmarks $15,565 for Barrows Building (1925) capital needs assessment, remediation, restoration planning.  Building is vacant and in need a full rehab; will be using the historic tax credit.

New London, St. James Episcopal Church (1847) $10,000 for interior plaster repair at  the prominent brownstone church on Whale Oil Row, designed by leading architect Richard Upjohn.

New Milford, New Milford Cemetery Association $1250 for Structural engineering analysis of Egyptian holding vault (c. 1840 & 1921).  The Egyptian holding vault was moved to New Milford from Simsbury in 1921.

New Milford, New Milford Historical Society $10,000 Knapp House (1770-1815) - structural analysis, Phase II. 

Norwich, Christ Episcopal Church (1849) $13,000 for electrical system upgrades to address safety and fire hazards. The Gothic Revival-style brownstone church, also designed by Richard Upjohn - is a prominent landmark in the Chelsea Parade Historic District.

Stamford, Highland Green Foundation $20,000 for "Fish Church" - condition assessment of First Presbyterian Church complex (1954) designed by architect Wallace K Harrison. Nation Historic Landmark status is pending.

Stony Creek, Church of Christ Congregational (1901) $13,000 for exterior carpentry repair, paint and foundation repair. 

Torrington, Northwest CT Association for the Arts, Inc. $10,000 for Capital needs assessment for Warner Theater (1931). 

Windsor, Grace Episcopal Church $15,000 for Phase II slate roof replacement at the Tuttle House (parish house) designed by architect George Keller (1865).

Woodstock, First Congregational Church (1821) $6,925 for steeple repair.

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The 1772 Foundation - 2015 Connecticut Matching Grants Recipients

The 1772 Foundation - 2015 Connecticut Matching Grants

September 1, 2015

The 1772 Foundation and the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation announce the award of $190,000 in grants to 21 local historical societies, museums, and non-profits for maintenance and preservation projects.  Projects include exterior painting, finish and surface restoration; porch, roof and window repair/restoration; structural foundation and sill repair/replacement; and chimney and masonry repointing.  The 2015 grant recipients are

Bethel, Bethel Historical Society

Second Meeting House (1842)

$3,150

Window stabilization

Bristol, Bristol Historical Society

Bristol High School (1890)

$15,000

Window restoration

Coventry, Booth & Dimock Memorial Library

Booth & Dimock Memorial Library (1913)

$2,330

Repairs to clock tower

Deep River, Deep River Historical Society

Stone House (1840)

$4,200

Masonry and carpentry repairs

Groton, Avery-Copp House

Avery-Copp House (c1800)

$3,500

Exterior paint

Guilford, Dorothy Whitfield Historical Society

Hyland House (1713)

$5,000

Sill repair/replacement

Guilford, Guilford Keeping Society

Medad Stone Tavern (c1803)

$15,000

Exterior repair and paint

Kent, Kent Historical Society

Seven Hearths (1751)

$15,000

Clapboard siding and trim

Madison, The Deacon John Grave Foundation

Deacon John Grave barn (19th Century)

$4,550

Exterior repair and paint

Milford, Milford Historical Society

Clark-Stockade House (c1780)

$9,750

Window repair

New Haven, New Haven Museum

New Haven Colony Historical Society (1929)

$15,000

Window restoration


New Milford, Weantinoge Heritage Land Trust

Smyrski Farm “Red Barn”

$8,500

Exterior paint


Pomfret, Pomfret Historical Society

Old Town House (c1840)

$7,000

Sill repair/replacement

Portland, Portland Historical Society

White-Overton-Callander House (c1714)

$10,000

Exterior paint

Preston, Preston Historical Society

Long Society Meeting House (1817-1818)

$14,500

Structural repair

Ridgefield, Ridgefield Veteran’s Community Center

Lounsbury House (1896)

$15,000

Exterior paint, porch repair

Sharon, Sharon Historical Society

Gay-Hoyt House (1775)

$12,950

Exterior paint, roof/porch, foundation repairs

Thompson, Thompson Historical Society

Ellen Larned Memorial Building (1902)

$5,000

Misc. repairs, doors, windows

Vernon, Strong Family Farm

Strong Family Farm barn (1917)

$10,220

Window repair
 

Wethersfield, Wethersfield Historical Society

Hurlbut-Dunham House (1780s)

$6,450

Flashing, repointing brick

Woodbridge, Amity-Woodbridge Historical Society

Thomas Darling House (c1772)

$7,900

Window repair

July/August Newsletter Cover Story

Window Restoration Diary

By Jane Montanaro, Director of Preservation Services, Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, Connecticut Preservation News XXXVIII/4 (July/August, 2015).

Repairing and maintaining historic wood windows is not as intimidating as it might seem. With some instruction and proper tools, anyone can achieve impressive results, as I learned while attending a window repair workshop in March.

Greg Farmer, Connecticut Circuit Rider, and Judy L. Hayward, executive director of Windsor Preservation Education Institute in Vermont, arranged to bring this workshop to Connecticut, funded by a grant from the Connecticut State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development. The Connecticut Trust had been working with the Town of Waterford and town historian Bob Nye to plan for the preservation of its picturesque vernacular Nevins Tenant Cottage (c.1890), so this was a great subject house for the workshop. Instructor Sally Fishburn, of S. A. Fishburn, Inc., an historic preservation and custom cabinetry firm located in northern Vermont, brought her expertise and incredible passion for window restoration to the program. 

March 30, the evening before.

Attended the two-hour lecture at Shaw Mansion in New London. Historic windows are character-defining features, and with proper maintenance and TLC can be brought back to life. Lesson: you can repair windows yourself or at least be able to identify a contractor who can do it properly, rather than just install new windows.

March 31, morning. Condition assessment.

Overview of the cottage, window anatomy, the schedule for the three-day workshop, and Lead-Safe Practices. Lead-Safe Practices, in a nutshell, are designed to protect people and the environment from lead dust that will be created during the restoration process. It is assumed that the c.1890 cottage contains lead paint (tests later confirmed that a minimal amount was present in the window paint), so all participants donned protective clothing and the work area was isolated. No eating or drinking in the work area.

            The first task: condition assessment of all the windows at the cottage. Each participant was assigned one or two windows to inspect and evaluate. Each window received individual consideration and treatment. Areas of rot, broken or missing pieces, peeling paint or other signs of water damage were all noted. Comparing your window to another’s often offered clues, especially if seeking to identify original windows versus more recent, but still old, replacement windows. As a group, the windows were ranked to identify the worst ones, needing immediate attention. Eventually, the Town of Waterford will repair all the windows to the degree possible, replacing broken or missing components in-kind when necessary, per Secretary of the Interior’s Standards.

March 31, afternoon. Remove the windows.

Remove the side stop by checking for screws or nails along the strip and extracting them. Gently pry the side stop loose with a putty knife, being careful not to split it. Bow it out at the middle, lift the bottom out, then the top. Label it. (Label everything!) With a partner, remove the lower sash by lifting it up and swinging one side out of the frame. Remove cord or chain, if present. Remove parting bead, which holds the upper sash in place—probably the most difficult task because of accumulated layers of paint and fragility of the piece of wood. Remove upper sash similarly to lower sash. Label both sashes and parting bead.

            Now you can get a better look at the condition of all the elements of the window. Plan repairs (which will be done by Sally). Clean the work area, by sweeping and vacuuming all the paint chips and dust. Board up empty windows with plywood.

            In the Nevins Cottage shed, Sally set up a custom-made steam box to be used to assist in the removal of paint and putty from the window sashes. Simply a large box with a garment steam iron attached to it, the steam box provides a low cost, portable, reusable, chemical-free, dust-free, way. If outside temp is too cold (like it was in Waterford that week, about 45 degrees) then it will take a long time for paint to soften. Commercially made steam boxes can be purchased.

            As we waited for the steam to take effect on the sash, the group visited with a reporter from The Day of New London, Tess Townsend, whose article can be found in the paper’s April 3 edition.

No real progress was made with the steam box that afternoon. We cleaned the work area, removed protective clothing and secured the site for the night.

April 1, morning. Remove paint and putty, clean glass.

In the shed, we fired up the steam box again. Wearing our protective clothing back inside the cottage, we worked with infrared heating units to soften the paint and putty. Success! The paint and putty softened quickly—so we had to be vigilant not to overheat the wood and scorch it, overheat the glass and crack it, and avoid fire dangers in general. As the paint and putty became soft and pliable, we scraped paint off the wood surfaces and removed putty from the window and glass, being careful not to break the glass. We labelled the panes to be reused and discarded broken, unsalvageable pieces. All of the pieces of glass were scraped clean and wet-washed, both sides.

            After several hours of periodically checking the steam box, the paint finally started to show signs of softening. However, as we worked to scrape the paint from the steamed sash, we discovered the downside to being steamed for that length of time. The wood fibers will begin to thread or rip during the scraping process, creating an uneven and unsightly finish.   

            Cleaned the work area.

April 1, afternoon. Make repairs, condition wood, construct easels.

Minor repairs were made to broken muntins, chipped or split bottom rails, or other needed repairs by Sally during the evening break. Replacement glass, where needed, was cut to size. Linseed oil was applied to the sash to condition the wood. When finished, we were careful to lay flat or hang all of the rags to dry—spontaneous combustion possible!

            Cleaned the work area. Assembled easels to be used the following day for glazing and painting. Removed protective clothing.

April 2, morning. Re-glazing.

Sally demonstrated glazing basics and different qualities of certain brands of putty. She uses Allback organic linseed-oil putty (from Sweden) for a number of reasons but basically because it’s environmentally friendly and easy to work with. Advantageously—you may paint with Allback linseed oil paint immediately afterwards without waiting for the glazing to dry. We applied shellac onto the glazing grooves before applying any glazing, to prevent the oil in the glazing from drying out.

            At the worktable, using a putty knife, we applied a thin film of putty to the muntin where the glass rests, set the pane of glass into the opening, and tapped in diamond points to hold the glass in place. Then we moved the sash to the easel to begin puttying along the rabbet using putty knives. We discovered that beginners tend to leave a lot of unnecessary putty on the window, as Sally trimmed a lot of excess material from each of our windows! To remove oily residue left behind by all the excess putty, lightly brush on small amounts of chalk (whiting) to soak it up. 

            Cleaned the work area.

April 2, afternoon. Painting.

Applied first coat of paint (Allback) being careful not to apply paint to sides of the sash (moveable).

            We cleaned the work area and then admired the handiwork of all the participants. It was extremely satisfying for a diverse group of homeowners, contractors, and other preservation-minded attendees to see how great the repaired windows looked knowing that they will be good for at least another 30 years.

Resources for Repairing Windows

Textbook: John Leeke, Save America’s Windows (Historic Home Works, revised 2013); available from www.HistoricHomeWorks.com .

Watch a video of the Window Repair lecture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVoc9HnHtCA&feature=youtu.be

Allback organic putty and paints, www.solventfreepaint.com

Connecticut contractors trained by John Leeke: R.J. Aley, Westport; Marlowe Restoration, Northford

HPTAG & Maintenance and Repair Grants Awarded March 2015

For Immediate Release                                                            March 2015

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation announce awards of Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants 

Earlier this month, the Connecticut Trust approved Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants, and Maintenance & Repair Grants totaling $ 201,400 to 21 municipalities and nonprofit organizations. The grants will make possible a minimum initial investment of $ 402,800 in these historic sites.

The grants, intended to encourage and support community efforts in planning for the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic buildings and places, are part of the Trust’s technical assistance program, in collaboration with and with generous funding from the Connecticut General Assembly and the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development, through the Community Investment Act. The grants went to:

Bloomfield, Town of Bloomfield and Ironwood Community Partners $8,500 to conduct a feasibility study for re-use of three utility farm structures at the Capt. Oliver Filley Farmstead (c. 1835) at Lasalette Park.

Ellington, Friends of the Pinney House was awarded $2,500 for pre-construction planning for interior restoration of the Eleazer Pinney House (c. 1785).

Hartford, Asylum Hill Congregational Church was awarded $18,200 for a capital needs assessment of Asylum Hill Congregational Church (1865) and related buildings.

Hartford, Faith Assembly of God was awarded $7,500 for roof repairs.

Hartford, Liberty Christian Center International was awarded $14,000 for repair to the steeple at the Horace Bushnell Congregational Church (1914).

Ledyard, The Town of Ledyard, in association with Ledyard Historic District Commission, was awarded $2,500 for repairs to Ledyard Up-Down Sawmill (c. 1860).

New Britain, New Britain Industrial Museum, a division of New Britain Institute, was awarded $12,600 for pre-development planning of the W. L. Hatch Building (1929).

New Haven, The Church of God and Saints of Christ was awarded $7,500 for roof repair and replacement at 109 Beers Street.

New Haven, First & Summerfield United Methodist Church was awarded $16,000 for capital needs assessment of First Methodist Church (1849).

New Haven, The Institute Library was awarded $20,000 for capital needs assessment of New Haven Young Men’s Institute (1878).

New Milford, New Milford Historical Society was awarded $5,000 for a structural assessment of Levi Knapp House (1770, 1815).

New Milford, Village Center for the Arts was awarded $3,000 for pre-construction planning for renovations and accessibility at Village Hardware Building (1837).

Norwich, Slater Memorial Museum/Norwich Free Academy was awarded $20,000 for a treatment plan for conservation of the slate roof at Slater Memorial Hall (1884-6).

Prospect, The Town of Prospect was awarded $4,800 for roof replacement and exterior repairs to Prospect Center School (1865).

Rocky Hill, The Town of Rocky Hill was awarded $7,000 for structural repairs to Academy Hall & Museum (1803).

Waterbury, Girls. Inc. was awarded $10,000 for condition assessment of Elisha Leavenworth House (1845).

West Hartford, The Town of West Hartford, in association with the Sarah Whitman Hooker Foundation, was awarded $7,000 for repairs to the Sarah Whitman Hooker Homestead (1715-1720) as identified in a recent condition assessment.

Westport, Merritt Parkway Conservancy was awarded $3,500 for a condition assessment and restoration plan for Clinton Avenue Bridge (1940) in Westport.

Windsor, The First Church in Windsor was awarded $11,000 for long term maintenance planning for all if its buildings: First Church Meetinghouse (1793-95), Russell House (1755), Parish House (1955), and Pierson House (1900).

Windsor, Grace Episcopal Church was awarded $15,000 for slate roof repair and replacement at Grace Church Rectory/ Tuttle House (c. 1865).

Woodbury, Old Woodbury Historical Society was awarded $5,800 for structural engineering at Hurd House Museum (1680).

March/April Newsletter

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Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants (HPTAG) October 2014

Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants Awarded October 2014

Contact: Erin Marchitto

Tel: 203-562-6312

Email: EMarchitto@cttrust.org

**For Immediate Release**             

The Connecticut Trust approved Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants totaling $66,807  to 8 municipalities and nonprofit organizations. The grants will make possible a minimum initial investment of $133,614 in these historic sites.

The grants, intended to encourage and support community efforts in planning for the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic buildings and places, are part of the Trust’s technical assistance program, in collaboration with and with generous funding from the Connecticut General Assembly and the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development, through the Community Investment Act. The grants went to:

Women & Family Life Center

Guilford

$16,000.00

Condition assessment and preservation/expansion plan for Abraham Woodward House (1785) and Leetes Carriage Barn.

Deacon John Grave Foundation

Madison

$2,000.00

Comprehensive lighting plan and electrical upgrades to Deacon John Grave House (1685).

The Rockfall Center

Middletown

$2,400.00

Energy Audit of the DeKoven House Community Center (Benjamin Williams house) (built c.1796, with additions 1880 and 1954)

Grove Street Cemetery

New Haven

$10,000.00

Condition assessment and upgrades to the chapel (1872) for re-use as a Visitor Center.

United Methodist Church

718 West Avenue Norwalk, CT  06850

$5,200.00

Condition assessment of Norwalk United Methodist Church (1860).

Christ Episcopal Church

Norwich

$9,715.00

Condition assessment of the roof of Christ Episcopal Church (1846-1849).

Preston Historical Society

Preston

$8,025.00

Capital needs assessment to stabilize and adapt to public use Long Society Meetinghouse (1817-1818) at 45 Long Society Road, Preston.

Ward-Heitmann House Museum Foundation, Inc.

West Haven

$13,467.00

Condition assessment at Ward-Heitmann House (c 1684, 1715).

Town of South Windsor Request for Qualifications: Main Street Preservation Study

The Town of South Windsor is accepting statements of qualifications and generalized scope of services of a qualified multi-disciplinary team to undertake a Preservation Planning Study of our Main Street area (boundaries defined by enclosed map). The team should be familiar with residential historic districts, and can include a planner, landscape architect, architect, development consultant, and any other team members needed to fulfill the tasks of the project. There should be one person representing the group and identified as the "spokesperson" for the team.

Statements of Qualifications will be received until 3:30PM on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, in the Planning Department, South Windsor Town Hall, 1540 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor, CT.

See the full Request for the Town of South Windsor Qualifications for Main Street Preservation Study HERE>>

September/October 2014 Newsletter

Connecticut Preservation News September/October HERE>>

To see our cover story: "Built of Stone: The Houses of Frazier Forman Peters" VISIT HERE>>

Feature Story: September 2014

Federal Historic Tax Credit: Transforming Communities, a new study by economist Donovan Rypkema and commissioned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation

But the real point of Rypkema’s study is that the effects of the tax credit reach beyond individual projects. Looking at projects in Georgia, Maryland, and Utah, he shows that across a variety of different projects that used federal tax credits to rehabilitate historic buildings, each one spurred additional development nearby. 

“The cities and the projects vary widely but the results are the same—when the private sector rehabilitates a building using the historic tax credit there are positive benefits that ripple throughout the community,” Rypkema writes. “The federal historic tax credit isn’t just about transforming historic buildings within their four walls—it is about transforming communities.”

There are two reasons for this ripple effect, according to the study. First, each project improved a vacant, deteriorating building, making its surroundings more attractive for development and reducing the risk of private investment there. Second, the projects demonstrated the viability of redeveloping historic buildings, helping owners of similar buildings to see the potential in their own properties.

Despite its successes, the federal credit faces an uncertain future. The political climate calls for simplifying the federal tax code and reducing tax rates, and the proposals being put forth involve removing or ending many credits or deductions, among them the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit.      

            In light of these proposals, the National Trust gave the federal historic rehabilitation tax credit “watch status” on its 2014 list of America’s Most Endangered Historic Places. Rather than wait to battle repeal efforts, the National Trust hopes to prevent them by building widespread support for the tax credit. Rypkema’s study is one way of building that support.

            In Connecticut, we will ask our Congressional delegation, who traditionally have supported the historic tax credit, to become Champions of the credit to demonstrate to their colleagues how important this incentive is for our state and for preservation. We also will ask developers using the credit and Mayors whose downtowns are benefitting from rehabs that use the credit, to sign on to a letter, being signed across the country, that urges Congress not to jettison this very valuable preservation tool.

To read The Federal Historic Tax Credit: Transforming Communities, along with other information on the federal historic tax credit, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/advocacy-center/policy-resources/Catalytic-Study-Final-Version-June-2014.pdf. 

Vibrant Communities Initiative: Urban/Town/Village Center Visioning and Revitalization

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation (CTHP) has Grant Funding available to support approximately five municipalities in their efforts to produce action plans for underutilized cultural and historic assets (i.e., buildings, historic districts, town greens and parks, etc) in their communities.  Grants will fund a team of professionals who will assist the municipalities in producing a focused strategy on the use of cultural, economic and historic assets in a given area.  The CTHP will work closely with municipalities in the assembly of the needed team members as well as to help organize a general approach to meeting the goals of the Grant Funding. 

Applicants are invited to submit an “Application” by Tuesday July 15, by 4 pm at the CT Trust offices at 940 Whitney Avenue, Hamden.  Applicants should provide answers to as many questions listed in the Application as relevant, but submissions should not exceed three pages in length.  Up to $50,000 will be made available from the CTHP to each of the municipalities based on the review of the Application and needs of the project.  Municipalities are not required to own the historic assets identified and funding can be used for planning only.  Municipalities will have up to 9 months to complete their Vibrant Communities Work Plan.

The CTHP will sponsor an information meeting Friday, June 27 at 10:00 am at 940 Whitney Avenue, Hamden to address questions pertaining to the overall concept and specifically to the Application process.  This is not a required meeting to submit an application.  The meeting will serve to assist potential applicants in focusing Applications around historic/cultural assets.

The CTHP believes that Vibrant Communities are those that mix historic buildings with a variety of cultural, commercial/retail and natural resources, and that the preservation of these assets can lead to the revitalization of downtowns. 

The CTHP, a 501c3 non-profit organization, was chartered by the Connecticut General Assembly (PA 75-93) to stimulate the preservation of historically and architecturally significant sites and districts, as well as to assist state and local governments and private agencies in fostering such preservation.

Criteria for selection:

Important historic and/or cultural assets are included in the proposed project area for study.
Proposed timeline for the study and the impact of CTHP funding will have on completing the plan.
Evidence that municipalities will work with non-profit and other stakeholders who reflect community interests (list of stakeholders must be included in application) and plan will specifically schedule meetings to report findings to the general public.
The project plan will produce regional cooperation with adjacent towns.
The project will discourage sprawl.

Application forms can be obtained from the CTHP via email to circuitrider@cttrust.org.  Selection of approximately five municipalities will occur within three weeks of Application submission date. Contact Brad Schide Circuit Rider for the CTHP @ 860-463-0193.

APPLICATION:

KEEP YOUR SUBMISSION TO NO MORE THAN THREE PAGES (EXCLUSIVE OF PHOTOS)

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation

Vibrant Communities Initiative: Urban/Town/Village Center Visioning and Revitalization

Please return one original Application (and send one PDF version of the total application) to the CTHP at 940 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT by Tuesday, July 15, 4 pm  IMPORTANT: Photos used in the application should be placed on a CD and sent to the CTHP with the original application on the due date.

Municipality Applying:______________________________________

Principal Contact:____________________________________

Phone number: ____________________ Email:________________

PLEASE ANSWER AS MANY OF THE QUESTIONS BELOW AS RELEVANT TO YOUR PROJECT,

KEEP YOUR SUBMISSION TO NO MORE THAN THREE PAGES IN LENGTH (exclusive of photos). 

Municipalities are not required to own the historic assets identified in the Application.  More information may be sought by the CTHP from applicants about their proposal after the submission date.

Questions pertaining to the process should be directed to Brad Schide at 860-463-0193, or email at circuitrider@cttrust.org.

1.  Please provide a specific description of the proposed action/revitalization plan that you are contemplating.  What are the goals and objectives of the project? What is the historic character of the chosen area?  Do the area’s resources have an historic designation? Why was the particular area and historic assets chosen?

2.  Briefly outline how the proposed planning will be accomplished and which professional disciplines you intend to use, and bid process you need to go through to select them.  

3.   Provide photographs of proposed area or structure showing at a minimum, streetscape, historic context, elevations, façades, (from public way), distinctive historic features, interior shots, if appropriate. 

4.   Discuss timelines for completion, proposed deliverables and action steps you hope to facilitate as a result of the CTHP project funding.

5.  Who are the stakeholders for the project?  Please be specific and list names of organizations and roles they will play in the project.  Public meetings or workshops with the broader community is required be incorporated into the work plan.

6.  Amount of funding you are requesting?  Will there be other funding sources in the project? Will CTHP funding leverage other funds?  Please identify.

7.  How does the project proposed meet your community/economic development goals for downtown?  Are you a Certified Local Government?  Do you have Local Historic Districts in your Town and are they involved in the project?  Are there examples of other community/public initiatives the municipality has undertaken where community involvement was a central theme? 

Barn Tax Abatement

Public Act 14-101, An Act Establishing a Property Tax Program to Encourage the Preservation of Historic Agricultural Structures passed in the Connecticut General Assembly on May 7, 2014.  It was sponsored by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

Legislative co-sponsors were: Sen. Catherine Osten, Rep. Jason Rojas, Rep.  David Scribner, Rep. Vincent Candelora, Rep. Michael Molgano and Rep. William Aman

Public Act 14-101 allows municipalities to set up mechanisms for offering property tax relief to owners who can demonstrate the public benefit of preserving their barns and other historic agricultural structures while agreeing to a ten year renewable preservation easement on the exteriors.  This enabling legislation for our towns and cities gives an incentive to barn owners to keep their iconic barns in good repair.  Money saved on taxes can be invested in the barn and other structures associated with agriculture.

Since 2004 the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has been documenting barns and promoting their maintenance.  Barns documented are at least 75 years old.  To date, the Trust has over 8,400 historic barns documented in its data base at www.connecticutbarns.org.  The Trust has successfully nominated 200 of these barns to the State Register of Historic Places.  Agricultural structures eligible for property tax relief must be listed on the State or National Register of Historic Places.

“Barns are clearly a significant part of Connecticut’s heritage and its cultural landscape,” explains Helen Higgins, executive director of the Trust.  “Historic barns are often highly visible in our communities.  They can be found right on the edge of a street, or at a major crossroads, or in a town center.  As such, they are local scenic landmarks and help to tell the story of agriculture and community development.”

Some of our state’s barns are owned by non-profit groups or by a municipality and hence are not subject to property taxes.  These barns can access state money for barn stabilization.

The vast number of our historic barns are in private hands, some still in agricultural uses.  And a high percentage of these barns are in need of stabilization work, for example, roof repair, sill repair, and mortar repair.  Grant money to help with these repairs is scarce.  The demand for financial help with repairs, as experienced by the Trust, is extremely high.  The Trust hopes that the property tax relief program for agricultural buildings will begin to address funding issues.

Public Act 14-101 is modeled on a very successful program in New Hampshire where eighty-seven towns and cities are now using the state’s tax incentive program to encourage historic barn preservation.  462 structures are enrolled in the program, as of 2013.



 

Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants Awarded 2014

Contact: Erin Marchitto

Tel: 203-562-6312

Email: EMarchitto@cttrust.org

**For Immediate Release**             

Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation announce awards of Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants: September 2014

Earlier this month, the Connecticut Trust approved Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grants, and Maintenance & Repair Grants totaling $ 209,902 to 21 municipalities and nonprofit organizations. The grants will make possible a minimum initial investment of $419,804 in these historic sites.

The grants, intended to encourage and support community efforts in planning for the preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation of historic buildings and places, are part of the Trust’s technical assistance program, in collaboration with and with generous funding from the Connecticut General Assembly and the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development, through the Community Investment Act. The grants went to:

Ansonia, Derby Historical Society was awarded up to $7,200 for condition assessment of Gen. David Humphreys House (1698).

Ashford, The Town of Ashford was awarded up to $15,000 to make exterior repairs to Tremko House (1773).

Avon, The Town of Avon was awarded up to $10,067 for window restoration at Pine Grove Schoolhouse (1865).

Bethel, First Congregational Church of Bethel (1865) was awarded up to $15,000 for repairs to the bell and clock towers.

Danbury, The City of Danbury was awarded up to $20,000 for plans and specifications for the stabilization of Hearthstone Castle (1895-99) in Tarrywile Park.

East Woodstock, East Woodstock Congregational Church (1834) was awarded up to $2,500 for condition assessment and restoration plan for deteriorated portico columns at the church entrance.

Greenwich, Greenwich Preservation Trust was awarded up to $14,350 for feasibility study for the relocation of the Thomas Lyon House (c. 1695).

Haddam Neck, Haddam Neck Congregational Church (1873-4) was awarded up to $15,000 for new cedar roofing.

Hartford, St. Peter’s Catholic Church (1889) was awarded up to $8,750 for emergency stabilization of the bell tower.

Hartford, South Park Inn, Inc. was awarded up to $11,100 for condition assessment of the South Park Methodist Church (1874, 1957) which now functions as a homeless shelter.

Hebron, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (1825) was awarded up to $15,000 for restoration of stained glass windows.

Lebanon, Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution was awarded up to $9,000 for condition assessments of the Jonathan Trumbull House (1740) in Lebanon and the Oliver Ellsworth Homestead (1780) in Windsor.

Killingworth, The Town of Killingworth was awarded $935 to repair foundation sill at the Horace Parmelee House (1847).

Madison, The E.C. Scranton Memorial Library was awarded up to $7,000 for condition assessment of the E.C. Scranton Memorial Library (1899).

New London, St. James Episcopal Church (1847) was awarded up to $15,000 for slate roof and copper gutter repairs.

New Haven, East Rock Institute was awarded up to $7,500 for a condition assessment of 251 Dwight Street.

New Haven, Wooster Square Conservancy was awarded up to $9,250 to develop preservation guidelines for residents in the Wooster Square National Register Historic District.

New Milford, Harrybrooke Park was awarded up to $11,100 for preservation planning of the main house (1942) and landscape.

Orange, The Town of Orange was awarded up to $13,000 for lathe and plaster at the Bryan-Andrew House (1740).

Redding, The Town of Redding was awarded up to $4,500 for chimney foundation repair at Lonetown Manor House (1786).

Voluntown, The Town of Voluntown was awarded up to $5,250 for stabilization of the Methodist Meetinghouse (c. 1840).


 

For more information on grants, please contact Jane Montanaro, Preservation Services Officer at jmontanaro@cttrust.org.  To schedule a press event/check presentation at one of these sites, please contact Erin Marchitto, Communications Manager at emarchitto@cttrust.org.

2014 Annual Awards Photos from the Event

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The 1772 Foundation Announcement: 2014 Connecticut Historic Preservation Matching Grants

The 1772 Foundation has announced that funding in the form of 1:1 matching grants of up to $15,000 will be made available for the following historic preservation projects: exterior panting, finishes and surface restoration, installation or upgrade of fire detection, lightning protection and security systems; porch, roof and window repair/restoration, structural foundation and sill repair/replacement, and chimney and masonry repointing. All organizations who wish to be considered should send a one-page letter of inquiry to 1772@cttrust.org and use 1772 Foundation in the subject line. For more information see here>>

Annual Meeting 2014

Our annual Connecticut Preservation Awards will be held on Wednesday, April 9th from 5:30PM-7:15PM in the Hall of Flags at the State Capitol. All members are invited to attend as we award Thomas Dorsey of Connecticut Light and Power for his work with Historic Tax Credits and Dr. Nicholas Bellantoni for his service as State Archaeologist. For a copy of our invitation click here>>