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Thursday, April 2, 2009
(Adopted May 14, 2009)
Historical Commission Members
Present: Russo, Jones, Roach,
Melone, Steele, Loukas
Staff Present: Hayward, Collins
Public Present: See attached Sign-In Form
Russo chaired. The meeting opened at 7:00p.m.
1. March Minutes ?
2. Public Hearing ?30 Westland Road -
Demolition Permit to demolish a single family residential building to be
replaced by a single-family residence. Victor Preston, applicant; Timothy
Reardon, property administrator.
Applicant submitted a request
for a continuance.
Vote: Melone moved to continue the public hearing for 30 Westland for the June 14th meeting. Jones seconded the motion. The motion was
Preservation Awards Nominations2009 Preservation Award Recipients
Charles Morash and Ronald Ohanian
proposed by Robert Childs at HSW.
For searching, fundraising and purchasing the Watertown ?Boston Post Cane? and donating it to the HSW along with a display case and two
replicas to reinstitute the ceremony to acknowledge the oldest man and woman
Henrietta Light proposed by Collins.
For her nine years as a member of the HC.
Community Spirit Award
John Horrigan proposed by Roach.
Founder, organizer and supported of the annual New England
Environmental Preservation Award
Bell Tower Place-444 Mount Auburn & 250 School Street
proposed by Steele.
Karnig Ostayan, Phoenix construction Group Co-Founder.
Adaptive reuse of the former St. Theresa Church (1927) and Rectory building
Immigrant Lecture Series Speakers proposed by Russo.
Roger Hagopian,-Armenian Immigrants in Watertown.
William Marchione ? Italian Americans in the
Greater Boston Area,
Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Metaxas ? Early Greek Immigrants
in Watertown and the Development of their community
Marie E. Daly-Irish Immigration to Boston
Historic Resources Award
Alan K. Earls proposed by Russo.
For ?Yes They Can!? exhibit of
photos chronicling women?s support in time of war at the Watertown Arsenal
Architectural Preservation Award
Founders Monument: Audrey Jones Childs, Herbert Nolan
& Dan Driscoll, Wendy Pearl proposed by Hayward.
For the restoration and
?daylighting? of the Saltonstall Memorial. AJC-successful fundraiser, Herb
Nolan from the Solomon Fund, Dan Driscoll and Wendy Pearl, DCR
All nominations were approved
to receive the Preservation award as nominated. The Preservation Awards will
take place May 7th at the Commanders Mansion.
2009 Preservation Award ?
Nominations Due April 1, 2009, Award Ceremony May 7, 2009 (tentative date)
Collins provided draft
packets of the 2009 Preservation Award Nomination Applications for review.
Collins reported that the Commander?s Mansion has been reserved for May 7 for
the Award Ceremony. HC members are to notify Collins by Monday if there are
any conflicts with that date.
Melone requested a list of
the 2008 Preservation Awards. Russo requested that members submit nominations.
5. Barns and Outbuildings Inventory
members to continue photographing, especially before spring leaf-out, and
researching dates on outbuildings.
Russo informed that Mount Auburn Cemetery wishes to sell the Schick property and the 1851 Italianate
residential structure on the property. Russo has discussed this property with
Van Campen at Watertown Community Housing as a possible affordable housing
project. Russo envisions the HC to be a facilitator for the restoration and
preservation options for the property. Russo will discuss the property with
Scott and Mt. Auburn.
Russo requested that the item
be placed on the next agenda for the next meeting for discussion. He suggested
the HC conduct a site visit.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20pm.