2018 Newton Preservation Awards Recognize Outstanding Projects

Awards Ceremony Planned for April 18

Historic Newton and the Newton Historical Commission are pleased to announce the 2018 Newton Preservation Award winners, which recognize outstanding efforts and stewardship in local historic preservation. The Nathaniel Allen House, Cook’s Bridge connecting Elliott Street and Central Avenue, and a steeple restoration at the Newton Upper Falls building owned by the Tzu Chi Foundation, were among the public projects recognized. Three private homes and two education groups also won awards.

In all, eight awards will be presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m. at the War Memorial Auditorium at Newton City Hall, 1000 Commonwealth Avenue. The public is invited to enjoy light refreshments followed by the ceremony. Admission is free. An exhibit of the winners will be on display at Newton City Hall from April 19 through June 19.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and named a local historic landmark by the Newton Historic Commission in 1997, the Nathaniel Allen House was home to famed educator Nathaniel Allen and the school that he started in 1854. The house’s current owner, the Newton Cultural Alliance, architect Donald Lang of DLA, Inc., and contractor Classic Construction, share the award for the building’s exterior restoration, which is part of an on-going project to convert the buildinginto a community cultural center.

The Tzu Chi Foundation was recognized for restoring and rebuilding the historic steeple and weathervane of its 190-year-old church building at 15 Summer Street. Southgate Steeplejacks in Barre, Vermont did the specialty work.

This year’s awards also honor private residences that conscientiously made renovations without sacrificing historic features. The Victorian home at 361 Commonwealth Avenue received an award for residential restoration and preservation. The owners of 954 Chestnut Street were recognized for interior restoration and stewardship. The addition to a Gothic Revival workers’ cottage at 72 Fuller Street also received an award. The Newton Highlands Local Historic District Study Group, and the West Newton Hill Preservation Initiative, each received an award for education.