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Brewster Hall named to Seven to Save list for 2009

JOYCE DAVIS from the Friends of Wolfeboro Town Hall spoke at the N.H. Preservation Alliance’s annual meeting announcing the addition to Brewster Hall to the Seven to Save list for 2009. Listening to Davis (l-r) were Friends Chuck Storm, Sharon O’Donnell, Jane Thurston and Bob Smart. On the screen is a photo of Brewster Hall from the lake taken by local photographer Bob Ness. (Courtesy photo by Steve Booth) (click for larger version)
November 05, 2009
WOLFEBORO — Brewster Memorial Hall, commonly know as Wolfeboro Town Hall, appears on this year's list of New Hampshire's most threatened or endangered historic properties. Preservation advocates from around the state gathered at the First Parish Church in East Derry on Oct. 28 to hear the announcement by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance at the Alliance's annual meeting.

The Friends of the Wolfeboro Town Hall submitted the application. The Seven to Save designation was awarded to the building in part because of its outstanding architectural significance and the level of threat to the building's future.

The Alliance's Seven to Save program recognizes endangered historic properties in need of attention and resources, and highlights the challenges to historic landmarks, villages, main streets and rural communities. Selection criteria include historic significance, severity of threat and the potential impact of the listing.

Jennifer Goodman, executive director of the Preservation Alliance, noted that New Hampshire's Seven to Save program, begun in 2006, was patterned after the National Trust for Historic Preservation's model. "This program is a way for us to bring focused attention and assistance to a group of highly important projects each year. We give priority to helping Seven to Save projects through our field service program, and we know funders give these projects extra consideration too."

Several members of the Friends of Wolfeboro Town Hall traveled to East Derry to acknowledge the designation. Joyce Davis spoke for the Friends. She detailed the history of the building beginning with the bequest from John Brewster and ending with its current condition and its uncertain future. Other properties on this year's Seven to Save list include a mill in East Alstead, churches in Keene and East Derry, the New England Center at UNH, the 70-meter ski-jump at Gunstock, and an iron furnace in Franconia.

Martin Lord and Osman
Salmon Press
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