Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation


Contact: Erin Marchitto


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