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September 12, 2013

Seven to Save nominations due soon

Historic buildings and other structures are at risk all over the state. Each year, the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance spotlights endangered historic properties and helps make the case for preserving and re-investing in these landmarks.

Nominations for the Alliance’s Seven to Save program are due on Sept. 16 for the 2013 list, which will be announced on Oct. 22.

New Hampshire is known for its historic character. Brick mill buildings, old barns, and stately homes and churches define the places that visitors and residents appreciate and enjoy. Arts and cultural activities are often centered in historic theaters, granges or schools, and recreational pastimes include dining in historic restaurants, traveling on historic roads and trails, and shopping in historic downtowns.

Yet many places have historic landmarks that are in decline, have not yet been revived, or may even be close to demolition. The uncertain future and deteriorated condition of these structures often jeopardizes surrounding property values and can represent a lost opportunity for economic and community development.

“Obstacles to the continuing or new use of many of these landmarks can frequently be overcome through creative planning, new investment, and the hard work of local advocates—all aspects of preservation that the Seven to Save program supports,” said Maggie Stier, field service representative and coordinator of Seven to Save for the NH Preservation Alliance.

Criteria for Seven to Save include the property’s historical or architectural significance, severity of the current threat, and the extent to which the Seven to Save listing would help in preserving or protecting the property.

The Seven to Save program is now in its eighth year, with nearly half of the previously listed sites considered saved.

“Investment in these properties provides opportunities for new uses, economic development and environmentally sustainable construction,” said Jennifer Goodman, director of the NH Preservation Alliance. “Our goals include increasing local capacity for saving historic landmarks, and engaging more people in the worthwhile activities of the preservation movement, activities that have broad public benefit for the health and appearance of our communities.”

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