MANCHESTER: The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance announced its 2013 Seven to Save list today, naming a new group of endangered historic structures that includes the unique circular Gas Holder building in Concord, Kimball Castle in Gilford, the WPA-era outdoor swimming pool in Durham, and Grange buildings from Pittsburg to Meriden and throughout the state.
Hunter Ulf, AIA, board member of the Preservation Alliance and chair of the Seven to Save committee, introduced the list, saying “Seven to Save is a means to recognize the value of saving and reviving historic places that are important to both local communities and our statewide heritage. And it is a call to action so that these important places might get what they need to continue as defining elements of their communities.”
Criteria for Seven to Save include the property’s historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which the Seven to Save listing could help in preserving or protecting the property.
“Our 2013 Seven to Save list was drawn from the largest group of nominations in years,” said Maggie Stier, field service representative for the Preservation Alliance. “Many of these places are architectural gems, like Guy Lowell’s tiny Boscawen Library. He also the New Hampshire Historical Society building in Concord and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. We also listed two outstanding examples of Victorian Gothic: the Kimball Jenkins Estate in Concord and Sanborn Seminary in Kingston. The challenges in effectively saving and re-using all these structures are considerable.”
Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the Preservation Alliance, noted some of the key successes from previous Seven to Save lists. “This year the town of Durham made a commitment to preservation of the 100-year old Mill Pond Dam, the Friends of Wolfeboro Town Hall raised nearly $1 million in pledges, Upper Village Hall in Derry is operating as a community meeting facility, and the Charlestown Town Hall received LCHIP funding for window restoration. Of the 49 sites named to the list since 2006, we consider over half of them now out of danger and ‘saved,’” she added.
The 2013 Seven to Save announcement took place at The Manchester Masonic Temple on Elm Street, and those who attended were treated to guided tours of the venerable, privately-owned and well-maintained structure. The event also included a brief annual meeting of the Preservation Alliance and a reception to honor the new Seven to Save project advocates. A proclamation by Governor Maggie Hassan celebrating New Hampshire History Week was also read at the event. New Hampshire History Week unites citizens in recognition of the important events, people, places, documents, and artifacts that form the distinctive character of our state.
The NH Preservation Alliance’s 2013 Seven to Save are:
- Boscawen’s Old Public Library
- The Kimball-Jenkins Estate, Concord
- The Gas Holder, Concord
- The Durham Pool, UNH
- Kimball Castle, Gilford
- Sanborn Seminary, Kingston
- Aurora Grange, Pittsburg; Meriden Grange, Plainfield; and NH Granges statewide
The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is the statewide membership organization dedicated to preserving historic buildings, communities and landscapes through education and advocacy. Current priorities include providing assistance to community leaders; promoting the use of easements, barn preservation and tax incentives; and connecting property owners to weatherization information.
Seven to Save program sponsors include Brady Sullivan Properties; HEB Engineers, Inc.; Ian Blackman, LLC Restoration and Preservation; Lavallee Brensinger Architects; Milestone Engineering and Construction, Inc.; and Christopher P. Williams Architects, PLLC.
The 2013 Seven to Save with contact information for each property
Old Public Library, Boscawen Vacated in 2006 when a new town library opened, this 1913 Colonial Revival gem by noted Boston architect Guy Lowell needs a new use and new funding to reopen for public use. Contact: Town Administrator Michael Wright, 753-9188, email@example.com
Gas Holder, Concord A relic of the gas-lighting age, this is reportedly the only enclosed gasholder in the United States to survive with its floating iron tank intact. Unused since 1952, it was badly damaged by a falling tree last year. Owner Liberty Utilities now faces hard choices about maintaining an obsolete facility. Contact: Deb Hale, 231-4729, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kimball Jenkins Estate, Concord This in-town estate has struggled for over 30 years to meet the terms of its last owner’s bequest and serve the creative needs of the city of Concord. It is now facing a new challenge—roadway flooding. Contact: Ryan Linehan, 225-3932, email@example.com
The Durham Pool, University of NH This highly unusual WPA-built facility has been a beloved community gathering place for generations. Local advocates seek a compromise that would let UNH expand adjacent athletic facilities and still save the pool. Contact: Dr. Kenny Rotner, 868-7575, firstname.lastname@example.org or UNH Office of Campus Planning, Doug Bencks@unh.edu
Kimball Castle, Gilford Benjamin Kimball’s 1899 summer home is close to ruin and up for sale. It has become a cause célèbre as the town considers a request for demolition of a privately held property that was supposed to have been rehabilitated long ago. Contact: Carol Anderson, email@example.com, or Coldwell Banker, Laconia, 524-2255
Granges, Statewide From Plainfield to Pittsburg, dozens of Granges are struggling to maintain their aging buildings, preserve their civic and social traditions, and attract new sources of support, a daunting challenge that cooperative action may help to solve. Contact: Jody Jackson for the Aurora Grange in Pittsburg, JDJ812@comcast.net; Laura Ward for the Meriden Grange in Plainfield, 675-5506, firstname.lastname@example.org; Jim Tetreault, State Grange Master, 239-8174,email@example.com
Sanborn Seminary, Kingston Vacant since the last class graduated in 2006, this former public high school is owned by a multi-town school district. Voters rejected a $2 million renovation plan last year; the school board is now pondering next steps. Contact Janice Bennett, 382-6157, firstname.lastname@example.org