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
“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
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 Historic Association’s renovation and stewardship of
their Research Center
- Town of Canaan Old Meeting House Restoration Committee’s preservation
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.