The driving forces behind seven historic preservation projects that have succeeded in revitalizing and protecting the character of the community will be celebrated next week with the presentation of the 2015 Andover Preservation Awards.

The Andover Preservation Commission, jointly with the Andover Historical Society and the BallardVale Historic District Commission, will hand out its 25th annual awards in a ceremony on Tuesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Hall Library, 2 North Main St.

The event, which coincides with National Preservation Month, recognizes individuals, organizations, institutions and businesses that have demonstrated commitment to historic preservation and maintaining Andover’s heritage.

Stewardship is the overriding theme of the awards this year. The seven historic preservation projects completed by owners, builders and architects vary in size of property, type and style of structure and the underlying reason for preservation, but all sought to maintain the integrity of the structures.

The properties being celebrated this year are the Arden Estate, 276 North Main St.; Boutwell Barn,  410 High Plain Road; Deacon Paschal Abbot House, 51 Red Spring Road; Jenkins-Pomeroy-McCarthy House, 46 Chestnut St.; Edward W. Burtt House, 160 Lowell St.; two MBTA railroad bridges over the Shawsheen River; and Holt Farm, 89 Prospect Road.

Since 1990, the Andover Preservation Commission has lauded projects that have made significant contributions to preserving the historic and scenic character of the community.

The public is invited to next week’s awards ceremony. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. Call the Andover Historical Society at 978-475-2236 or visit to make a reservation.


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