Western Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition
Topic: Local Preservation Success Stories
Tuesday, June 9, 2020
THIS WILL BE A VIRTUAL MEETING HOSTED ON ZOOM
Hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments
The meeting will feature the following presenters:
Walter Ramsey, Montague Town Planner, Transformation ThroughHistoric Rehab in Millers Falls
This project involved the complete rehabilitation of three blighted, mixed-use buildings in the core of this small village
2. Brian Lever, Associate, Preservation Planning, Epsilon Associates Inc.: Greenfield Sears and Roebuck Store: Looking Deeper at Historic Photographs
The presentation is a summary of the rehabilitation of 102 Main Street in Greenfield from what was historically a department store to a community health center. Additionally, the presentation emphasizes the historic use of the building and a single historic image of the building to inform the rehabilitation scope.
Sarah LaValley, Conservation and Preservation Planner, Northampton: Seth Thomas Street Clock Restoration
The Seth Thomas street clock was installed in 1910 and dedicated by Calvin Coolidge. Privately owned, it was removed by the owner in the 1990's taken apart, sold, and kept in a warehouse.
The Office of Planning and Sustainability worked through 2014 and 2015 to finalize purchase and move the clock, locate missing interior components, original decoration features from another clock to replace an advertising feature that had been mounted to the top, and manage painstaking restoration of the clock to its original appearance. Finally, the restored clock was installed in the heart of downtown on Main Street at the entrance to the newly renovated Pulaski Park. The project received an award from the local Historical Commission, and CPA funding contributed to the work.
4. Eileen Mahoney, Lenox: Preservation With Imagination
Trinity Episcopal Church has developed creative solutions that marry the restoration of this historic building’s beauty with the contemporary cultural activities and needs of the community. Trinity concurrently adheres to the requirements of historic preservation while diversifying its role in the community, bridging the gaps between history, the present, and the future.
5. Frances Welson, Holyoke Historical Commission: Sometimes Everyone Wins
This is a story of how the Holyoke Historical Commission, Peoples Bank, the City of Holyoke, and Holyoke CDC (a local nonprofit) worked together to save two historic structures and support economic growth in Holyoke.
If possible, please email your questions for the presenters to Beth Giannini, Giannini@frcog.org prior to the meeting. Questions can also be submitted during the meeting via the chat feature in Zoom.
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