Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

2009 Connecticut Preservation Awards

TheConnecticut Trust for Historic Preservation presented its annual ConnecticutPreservation Awards on Monday, April 27, recognizing outstanding preservationprojects and people who have made significant contributions to the preservationof Connecticut’shistoric buildings and places.

This year, awards went to:

The Harlan H.Griswold Award in Historic Preservation

To Neighborhood Housing Services of New Havenandthe Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance(NINA), of Hartford.In a year marked by economic troubles it is more than appropriate to honorthese two organizations that are making a real difference in urbanneighborhoods by rehabilitating historic houses for low- and moderate-incomeowners.

Ken Johnson ofNINA, Jim Paley of NHS, Helen Higgins of CT Trust and Karen Senich of CCT

During its 30-yearhistory, Neighborhood Housing Services of New Haven has developed 385 units ofaffordable housing for low- and moderate-income families (including both newconstruction and complete rehabilitation). The organization’s latest project isFairlawn Manor, a cluster of 12 houses—all listed on the State Register ofHistoric Places—that had been abandoned by their previous owner. Each is nowbeing restored to historic standards and specifications.

Northside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance of Hartford was founded in 2003 by six majorinstitutions in the Asylum Hill neighborhood to foster community development byenhancing public safety, homeownership, economic development and educationthroughout the neighborhood, which is a National Register district. In additionto rehabbing abandoned or neglected properties for sale, NINA works withexisting homeowners to improve their properties.

Both NHS and NINA firmlybelieve that historic architecture and quality construction are crucial tocreating stable and liveable communities. To achieve their goals, they makeextensive use of historic rehabilitation tax credits, a program whose future isin doubt as the General Assembly grapples with projected budget shortfalls.However, the work of these organizations demonstrates that the tax credits canbe an effective stimulus to neighborhood revitalization and renovations.

The Harlan GriswoldAward, presented jointly by the Connecticut Trust and the ConnecticutCommission on Culture and Tourism, recognizes those individuals, corporationsor organizations whose activities exemplify Harlan Griswold’s leadership,vision and selfless dedication to preserving Connecticut’s heritage and who bydeed or example have made our state a better place for all of its citizens.

Connecticut Preservation Awards: Awards ofMerit

To Trinity College, Hartford, for the restoration and renovation of theLong Walk (1881),the first three buildings on the college’s currentcampus. Trinity College has shown thought, care, andsensitivity in introducing programmatic and infrastructure upgrades whilemeticulously restoring these landmark High Victorian Gothic buildings.

To John and Diana Herzog and Gulick & Spradlin LLC, restorationcontractors, for the rescue and restoration of the David Field house (c.1720), Madison. Despite its finearchitecture and connections to prominent citizens, this early saltbox wasthreatened with demolition for a development of McMansions. Happily, it hasbeen returned to usefulness, with restored exterior and interior and aharmonious new addition.

To Jim & Martha Alexander, for the restoration and renovation of theElizabeth Hooker house, New Haven(1914). This elegant house, designed by t he New Yorkfirm of Delanoand Aldrich easily could have been subjected to flashy “improvements” thatwiped out much, if not all, its historic character. Instead, the Alexandersmanaged to update the house, and its landscape, while maintaining itsappearance and character.

To Kim and Mike Ronemus, for the rescue, restoration and renovation of 113 Cross Highway, Westport. In what some call Connecticut’s teardowncapital, this Greek Revival house dodged the bulldozers, thanks to neighborswho bought and restored it. Also restored on the property was Westport’s oldest gas station. The projecthad a broader legacy, as it inspired a revision of Westport’s zoning laws to encourage thepreservation of historic outbuildings.

Connecticut Preservation Awards:Commendations
To Greenwich Adult Day Care, for the restoration and adaptive re-use ofthe former N.Y.N.H. & H. Railroad pump station, Cos Cob (1927), as RiverHouse.

To the University of Hartford Hartt School of Music, the restoration andadaptive re-use of the former Thomas Cadillac dealership (1928), in Hartford, as the Handel PerformingArts Center.

The ConnecticutTrust for Historic Preservation is a non-profit, tax-exempt membershiporganization established by special act of the Connecticut General Assembly in1975. The mission of the Trust is to preserve and protect Connecticut’s historically significantplaces.

For more information,contact Christopher Wigren: (203) 562-6312 or