The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation will be presenting their 2014 Merit Awards, this coming Wednesday evening, April 9th, 2014, at the Hall of Flags of the State Capitol, in Hartford. This award recognizes people, organizations, or projects, that have significantly contributed to the conservation of Connecticut’s historic buildings, landmarks, and sites.
Among the recipients to be honored during this ceremony is the Milford Preservation Trust, which is being recognized for rescuing the historic Sanford-Bristol House, of Milford, Connecticut, from imminent demolition last fall. As someone who’d been heavily involved in this effort since early last summer, I’m extremely pleased that the Milford Preservation Trust is being recognized for this outstanding accomplishment.
Had the Sanford-Bristol House been demolished, a double blow would’ve been dealt to the cause of historic preservation: not only would a unique and highly eclectic gem of early Connecticut domestic architecture have been forever lost, but the very concept of an historic district, and the protections it affords its properties, would’ve been rendered irrelevant, at both the state and national levels, by a single, unprecedented event.
So, many congratulations to the Milford Preservation Trust, for stepping up to this daunting challenge, and for bravely persevering through a stretch of time when success seemed so illusory. The historic preservation world owes you far more than any award can adequately bestow.
Please Consider Making a Donation
The Milford Preservation Trust is a small, non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving Milford’s historic places and properties. The Sanford-Bristol House legal fight incurred the Milford Preservation Trust a significant debt. Yet, they must continue performing their important work. Please consider making a donation, and possibly even becoming a member. Information can be found on the Milford Preservation Trust’s home page, and also on their membership page.
Sources of Additional Information
For complete information on the 2014 Merit Award recipients, see the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation’s Facebook page.
Jill Dion, of the Milford Mirror, recently published this excellent article about the Milford Preservation Trust’s award.
Numerous, recent photo albums of the Sanford-Bristol House can be found on the Milford Preservation Trusts’ Facebook page.