NH Preservation Alliance presents Preservation Achievement Awards

Organization honors rehabilitation and revitalization efforts around state
Monadnock Mill

Chinburg Builders’ was honored for its rehabilitation and re-use of Monadnock Mill #3 in Claremont.

Three individuals, an educational initiative and eight rescue, rehabilitation and revitalization projects were honored May 19 during the NH Preservation Alliance’s annual awards ceremony.

The 2023 winners include the preservation of rare and iconic properties, stewardship of community assets and gathering places and creation of needed housing.

“It is important for us to have the opportunity to honor people who are making a difference across the state,” said Byron O. Champlin, chair of the Preservation Alliance board of directors. This work is critical to maintaining the character of our communities and their economic vitality.”

Winning projects were:

TwinState MakerSpaces Inc. for the revival and reuse of the historic Sawtooth Building in Claremont.

Chinburg Builders Inc. for the rehabilitation and re-use of Monadnock Mill #3 in Claremont, a project that

Nashua Soup Kitchen

The Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter’s rehabilitation of the former Sacred Heart School into an emergency homeless shelter was cited by the Preservation Alliance.

revitalized an abandoned and underutilized mill along the Sugar River in the heart of the downtown.

Southeast Land Trust NH for rehabilitation of the John Prescott Chase Farmhouse, Epping, a project that turned the farmhouse into two units of housing.

Nashua Soup Kitchen & Shelter for the rehabilitation of the former Sacred Heart School in Nashua in to a new emergency homeless shelter and resource center.

Stephen Foster for restoration and rehabilitation of the landmark Tobias Lear House in Portsmouth.

Town of Stratford for rehabilitation of Stratford Grange.

Town of Swanzey for rehabilitation of Whitcomb Hall.

Webster Historical Society for restoration of the Old Webster Meeting House.

“Covered Bridges of New Hampshire” and its author, Kim Chandler Varney, for documentation, education and advocacy.

Rebecca Mitchell for her leadership in preservation planning, advocacy and education as a long-time member of the Stratham Heritage Commission.

Ian Blackman for outstanding leadership in craftsmanship, education and advocacy through his work in reviving old barns and other structures across the state.

Alan Rumrill for outstanding leadership in documentation, public outreach and building restoration and stewardship at the Cheshire County Historical Society in Keene.

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