NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — The Narragansett Historic District Commission is launching a new award program to recognize historic preservation efforts locally.
The NHDC Awards, as they are called, will be presented annually to individuals, organizations and projects “demonstrating outstanding commitment to preserving Narragansett’s rich architectural history,” the commission said.
An inaugural awards ceremony is set to take place Saturday evening at the Middlebridge School, where eight awards will be presented, including one for special achievement in historic preservation to Shirley Eastham, president of the Narragansett Historical Society.
“Over the past few years, Narragansett has benefited from an increase in historic preservation efforts and we want to recognize the dedicated people responsible,” Narragansett Historic District Chairman Keith Lescarbeau said. “From individuals like Shirley Eastham, who educate us about our town’s history to the many talented people who share their expert craftsmanship in projects all around town, they all make Narragansett a better place to live.”
The Historic Preservation Project Award recognizes historic structures or sites where major original features have been carefully preserved or replicated. Winners are The Towers, 36 Ocean Road, Idlewild, 40 Central St., and Sansea, 56 Central St.
An award for Excellence in Sustainability recognizes successful use of eco-friendly, sustainable materials and processes in preserving a historic structure. The winner is the North Beach Pavilion, 77 Boston Neck Road.
The Adaptive Reuse Award honors structures or sites which, while requiring significant changes for new use, maintain their original character. This first year’s winner is the Middlebridge School Art Studio (Hazard Castle), 333 Ocean Road.
New Construction in a Historic District recognizes “a new building, harmonious in form, material, siting and scale with the established district character.” The awardee is the Caswell Cottages, 67, 69, 71, 73 Caswell St.
The Historic District Commission Award goes to a project, chosen by the Historic District Commission, that may not conform to other awards categories but makes a significant contribution to preserving the town’s historic character. This inaugural year, the award goes to 80 Central St.
The Special Achievement in Historic Preservation Award to be given to Eastham honors an individual, group or organization that has advanced the cause of historic preservation in Narragansett.
The award winners were chosen by the Historic District Commission. The commission said it envisions future awards to include a public nomination process and invited guest experts in preservation to serve as judges.
The commission was established by ordinance in 2009. It has seven members serving three-year staggered terms, plus one alternate serving a term undefined by the ordinance.
The commission was created to help develop an ordinance and associated policies focused on the preservation of structures of historic and architectural value.