Historical Commission 2019 Gloucester Preservation Awards | Ceremony May 19th at Cape Ann Museum

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Gloucester Historical Commission annual awards ceremony takes place at Cape Ann Museum

The 2019 Gloucester Preservation Awards
Press Release from the Gloucester Historical Commission

The Gloucester Historical Commission invites the public to attend the annual 2019 Preservation Awards ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2 to 4 pm at the Cape Ann Museum, 27 Pleasant St. in Gloucester. The event features a slide show of winning projects and comments by recipients.

May is National Historic Preservation Month, and each year the Historical Commission recognizes outstanding cultural heritage preservation, restoration, and education projects.

This year’s award recipients are:

Bryan Melanson
Restoration & Rehabilitation, for his cooperation and responsiveness as a developer to historic preservation on the Back Shore.

Ross Burton & Lanesville Community CenterRestoration & Rehabilitation, for their reconstruction of Virginia Lee Burton’s writing cottage.

Lillian Olmsted Stewardship, for her research and vigilance as a citizen seeking to preserve the historic character of her neighborhood.

Magnolia Historical SocietyAdaptive Reuse, for the rehabilitation of the Blynman School as their headquarters and a local history museum.

Bernadette Fendrock & Alan D’AndreaRestoration & Rehabilitation, for restoration of an architecturally significant house at 24 Beach Rd.

1623 Studios Education & Outreach, for their programming on the history and historic preservation of Gloucester and Cape Ann.

Manship Artists Residency + StudiosAdaptive Reuse, for their rehabilitation of the Paul Manship estate as working space for artists and sculptors.

James Ryan Preserving Gloucester History, for his annotated hand-drawn maps of Cape Ann’s granite quarries and neighborhoods.

Richard & Kathy Clark Stewardship, for their faithful volunteer efforts on the restoration of the Civil War-era Clark Cemetery.

Annisquam Yacht Club Restoration and Rehabilitation, for their extensive rehabilitation of a historically significant recreational facility.

Meetinghouse Foundation
Education and Outreach, for its cultural programs and collaborative preservation of a historic church building.

Appreciation Award for Individual Lifetime Achievement– To be announced.

Certificates are awarded based on the following criteria:
Preserved neighborhood history through research, writing, or art

  • Preserved a property that is historically significant in age, style, or use.
  • Restored using traditional materials or methods.
  • Preserved historical integrity or appearance.
  • Protected from present threat or future harm.
  • Completed project within the past two years.
  • Accomplished by individual, family, group, or company, or through community advocacy or fundraising

Award categories include the following.

  • Archaeology
  • Adaptive reuse
  • Stewardship
  • Education and outreach
  • Landscape preservation
  • Restoration and rehabilitation
  • Local preservationist
  • Individual lifetime achievement
  • Documentation of Gloucester’s history

Look inside! Major Fred W Ritvo Veterans Center Gloucester Mass.

Have you visited the Major Fred W. Ritvo Veterans Center headquarters for Cape Ann Veterans Services?

Last year Cape Ann Veterans Services completed an inviting renovation. Adam Curcuru, Director of Cape Ann Services, said that the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT), a veterans construction team from Bedford, “did an excellent job. They really took ownership of the program and the building. CWT helps veterans seeking treatment who are not prepared to step back full time into work and putting health first.”

 

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– exterior wall to be future site of the monumental eagle carving from Cameron’s 

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Lucia Amero pointed to the original thank-you  poster listing the people involved with getting the building ready for veterans services back in 1994-95. “Ritvo (the building’s namesake)  worked to involve high school students like those taking classes in the electrical shop. Naturally, more work was done over the years to maintain the building.”

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The 1995 thank you poster text: 

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151 East Main Street Gloucester Mass. | formerly East Gloucester Methodist Episcopal Church

Then (when there was a tower) and now 151 – 153 East Main

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151-153 East Main Street, Gloucester, Massaschusetts, showing tower now gone (photo private collection)  The East Gloucester Methodist Episcopal Church (the fifth in Gloucester) was organized September 23, 1885                     

 

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Gloucester foreclosures include one of the 100+ Gloucester MA houses that Edward Hopper painted

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Edward Hopper, Gloucester Houses, 1923, Whitney Museum of American Art, Josephine N Hopper bequest. You can match the boulders in Hopper’s drawing that the domiciles were built upon; Lee’s Breakfast Restaurant at the far right;  and the stacked granite blocks to the left of #7.

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Live blogging from Cape Ann Museum and Our Lady: eloquent and moving portrait from Linda Brayton and Jen Holmgren on their grandfather and great-grandfather, notable architect Halfdan Hanson

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L-R Linda Brayton, Jennifer Holmgren, Lisa Sawall (Sleeper’s grand niece) before a special Beauport Sleeper McCann tour focusing on the  correspondence and collaboration of Sleeper and architect Halfdan Hanson which was led by Lorna.

 

Photographs in this post are from yesterday’s special Beauport Sleeper McCann program, stemming from the Cape Ann Museum Design/Build exhibition. Lorna Condon, senior curator of Historic New England’s Library and Archives, led this tremendous tour.

Neither Sleeper not Hanson family members knew they’d be there together at this tour. Yet members of both  families wore the same shoes!

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Other special guests included Chris Sicuranza from the Mayor’s Office and the Rev. Rona Tyndall, Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the Grace Center of Gloucester. Mayor Romeo Theken also wanted to go.

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More pictures coming of these back to back events!

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Live blogging: In Their Own Words- Henry Sleeper and Halfdan Hanson Build Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House. Cape Ann Museum and Historic New England special tour!

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We are on this incredible tour at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.  Descendants of both Sleeper and Hanson are here! This special programming duet was brought together by two Gloucester institutions, the Cape Ann Museum in collaboration with Historic New England’s Beauport property, inspired by the Cape Ann Museum’s Design/Build exhibition.

Lorna Condon, senior curator of Historic New England’s Library and Archives, is leading the tour. Martha Van Koevering is the Site Manager for the Beauport Sleeper-McCann House.

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Stephen Bridges, Martha Van Koevering, Lorna Condon

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