Posted by Gail Waterhouse June 14, 2010 11:00 AM
At the Board of Selectmen's meeting Tuesday, June 15, the Preservation Commission will be presenting its annual Preservation Awards, which recognize individuals, businesses, or organizations for initiatives that help preserve the history and character of the town.
One of the awards till go to Christine and Anthony Patton for their efforts to preserve the historic streetscape at their property at 159 Locust St. The Pattons placed a deed restriction on the land, ensuring that it will not be further subdivided and that the view from the street will remain unchanged.
The other award is a joint one to Dale Gienapp, of Gienapp Design Associates, and the town of Danvers, for their efforts in restoring and preserving town hall. The town in February completed a year-long, $6.4 million town hall renovation project that was designed by Gienapp, whose firm is from Danvers. The commission felt the town and the architect deserved recognition for ensuring the project respected the historic value of the oldest town-owned building, whose original section dates to 1855, according to Susan Fletcher, assistant director of planning and human services.
The commission is the town panel that administers rules governing demolition of older buildings in town, and seeks to educate the public about the value of preserving the town's history.