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Watertown Historical Commission

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Council Chambers


(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 ? approved.


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 unanimously approved.


3.         2009 Preservation Awards Nominations2009 Preservation Award Recipients


Nomination Category



Historical Resources Award

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 of Watertown.

Certificate of Appreciation

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 History Festival.

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 (1898).

Community Spirit Award

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.


4.                  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


Russo encouraged members to continue photographing, especially before spring leaf-out, and researching dates on outbuildings.


6.                  Schick House


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.