Preservation group seeks landmark nominations

Renewed commitment to the preservation of New Hampshire’s historic places have reawakened the beauty and viability of landmarks around the state, from the Colony House in Keene to Portsmouth’s Cottage Hospital to the First United Methodist Church in Littleton.

Each was recognized last year with Preservation Achievement Awards given by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance, a statewide organization dedicated to the preservation of historic buildings, communities and landscapes through leadership, education and advocacy.

This year’s search is on for projects or individuals worthy of recognition according to alliance Executive Director Jennifer Goodman.

“These awards promote the importance of recognizing leaders and teams who work together to advance restoration and preservation projects throughout the state,” Goodman said. “They also inspire others to take on this great work.”

The awards recognize individuals, organizations or corporations for work or projects in four different categories including, restoration and stewardship, rehabilitation and adaptive use, new construction compatibility and public policy, educational and planning initiatives.

The annual awards play a role in safeguarding some of the state’s greatest treasures according to Goodman.

“The preservation and revitalization of our heritage is critical to maintaining the character of our communities and the state’s economic vitality,” Goodman said.

Individuals, organizations or businesses can nominate any restoration project or initiative they believe deserve recognition by submitting an application by March 15.

Applications are available at 224-2281 or — TRACIE STONE

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