Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

August 15, 2013

In praise of preservation; Awards celebrate construction, craftsmanship

Awards celebrate craftsmanship, construction


The Andover Townsman

---- — This year, the Andover Preservation Awards celebrated 23 years of recognizing individuals who have made significant contributions to preserving the historic and scenic character of the community.

To mark the milestone, the awards committee, which included members of the Andover Preservation Commission, Ballardvale Historic District Commission and Andover Historical Society, selected 10 notable preservation projects to highlight.

Karen Herman, chairwoman of the Andover Preservation Commission, said the awards took a one-year hiatus in 2012 due to a slow construction period that resulted in few properties worthy of consideration. But the break made for an especially stellar field of nominees this year, she said.

The 2013 award winners include commercial buildings, residences large and small, outbuildings, old and new construction, and one individual for his outstanding craftsmanship.

Herman said the awards aim to show property owners, contractors and architects that people are paying attention to the hard work they are undertaking to do the right thing with their properties. She said the committee hopes the recognition serves as a thank you to the honorees for making an effort to celebrate the architecture and design elements that make Andover unique as a community.

In addition to Herman, the selection committee included Craig Gibson, Joanna Reck, Leo Greene, Tony Dyer, Jim Batchelder and Leslie Frost.

“People are so excited to be recognized for what they’ve done and the effort and energy they put into their projects and we’re all happy with it, too,” Herman said.

— Sonya Vartabedian