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W. MA Historic Commissions Coalition ZOOM Meeting: Tuesday June 9.

Western Massachusetts Historical Commission Coalition

Topic: Local Preservation Success Stories

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

10:00 am


Hosted by the Franklin Regional Council of Governments

The meeting will feature the following presenters:

  1. 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.

  1. 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, prior to the meeting. Questions can also be submitted during the meeting via the chat feature in Zoom.

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