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Thompson Hall Awarded 2007 Preservation Achievement Award For Outstanding Restoration

May 16, 2007

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance presented its Preservation Achievement Awards on May 8th to five restoration and renovation projects and three groups that saved critical New Hampshire landmarks.

Thompson Hall was honored for outstanding restoration.

"This year's awards remind us of both the vulnerability of many of New Hampshire’s significant historic landmarks as well as the passion and capability of community-based preservation efforts," said Etoile Holzaepfel, NH Preservation Alliance board member and awards committee chair.

“This annual program recognizes outstanding achievement and seeks to inspire others. This type of preservation activity is critical to the character of our communities and the state’s economic vitality,” Holzaepfel added.

Award winners for restoration, renovation and stewardship projects were:

  • UNH's restoration of Thompson Hall, in Durham
  • North Church of Portsmouth’s restoration and stewardship
  • Renovation and stewardship of the Carpenter Memorial Library, Manchester
  • Manchester Historic Association’s renovation and stewardship of their Research Center
  • Town of Canaan Old Meeting House Restoration Committee’s preservation and stewardship

Team accepting the Preservation Award for Thompson Hall in Concord last week.

Despite its unbroken service at the heart of the campus, the 1893 Thompson Hall had suffered over the years from casual alterations and uneven maintenance.

With the recent exemplary rehabilitation by the university's leadership, its facilities division, the architect and the contractor, T Hall has been returned to full dignity as the flagship building of the university and has received the 2007 Preservation Achievement Award For Outstanding Restoration

Now that the clock and tower have been restored, a graduation bell-ringing tradition will be reestablished this year. The building is also serving as a preservation case study, as academic departments around the university study its renovation to investigate the social benefits of historic preservation.

Partners include Goody Clancy, Shawmut Design and Construction and UNH facilities.

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