Winners of Newton Preservation Awards Announced

The annual Newton Preservation Awards, a collaboration between Historic Newton and the Newton Historical Commission, recognize outstanding efforts and stewardship in local historic preservation. Rodney Barker, long-time defender of Newton’s historic fabric, will receive a 2016 Thelma Fleishman Lifetime Achievement Award. The 2016 Newton Preservation Awards will also honor the Newton Cemetery, the former Clarks headquarters in Newton Upper Falls, and several private residences for stewardship, restoration, sensitive additions and remodeling.

In all, nine awards will be presented at a ceremony and reception on Wednesday, November 9 at 6 p.m. at the Wilson Chapel, Andover Newton Theological School, 234 Herrick Road, Newton Centre. Tickets are $20 per person. Please call 617-796-1463 or visit for more information about purchasing tickets. S+H Construction, a distinguished “Best of Boston” award winner, is the lead sponsor of the 2016 awards.

Mr. Barker was appointed to the Newton Historical Commission in 2002 and served until 2014. He also served on the Auburndale Historic District commission between 2005-2014. His tenure on both commissions displayed his tenacious commitment to protect the historic homes that have become endangered by demolition and redevelopment. In addition to his preservation work, Mr. Barker served on the school committee and as an alderman. This award recognizes Mr. Barker’s lifelong service to the community and his commitment to the City of Newton and the preservation of its rich past.

Newton Cemetery will receive an award for its restoration of the historic Murdock fountain. Organized in 1855 and laid out in the popular garden-style design of the times, Newton Cemetery reflects the picturesque aesthetic envisioned by its founders. The Murdock Fountain, originally built in 1933, is located just beyond the Cemetery’s main gate.

This year’s awards also honor commercial properties and private residences that conscientiously made restorations without sacrificing historic features. The former Clarks headquarters in a 19th century mill building and the mid-century modern home at 21 Manet Circle will each receive awards for stewardship. The homes at 27 Hillside Road and 34 Winthrop Street will be recognized for exterior restoration, while 93 Bellevue Street will receive an award for interior restoration. A mid-century modern home at 74 Ruane Road is recognized for a sensitive addition.