Historic Preservation Commission eyes landmark designation for town hall
December 27, 2013
The Windsor Historic Preservation Commission outlined its 2013-15 work plan Dec. 16 in a joint work session with the town board, including a proposal to designate the Park School building, used for Windsor Town Hall offices, as a local landmark.
"As we know, the Park School building has been situated in the heart of Windsor's historic core since 1910," said Rachel Kline, chairwoman of the Historic Preservation Commission. "It's weathered time, the elements, expansions and renovations that have tested the integrity of the building. Today the Park School building, or town hall, is a well-loved Windsor focal point, admired by visitors and residents for its historical nature and preservation efforts by the town."
The commission plans to hold a public hearing Jan. 8 to discuss their proposal for the property's designation.
Kline laid out the group's work plan for the next two years, which also included proposals for a residential and downtown property survey to identify any historically significant properties in town, as well as community outreach events.
Kline said the town hall designation would put the building on the national register as a "locally significant property."
Mayor John Vazquez said he appreciates the time the commission had put into their work plan and said he would support moving forward with the designation proposal.
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Board member Don Thompson also expressed his support for the commission's proposal.
"It's a beautiful building," Thompson said. "Everybody that comes in here the first time is in awe."
The commission's recent efforts include the designation of the Windsor Railroad Depot as a local landmark, assisting the arts and heritage division with the Preserve America Designation awarded to the town in 2013 and community outreach events.
"I think for us, the test subject was the train depot, and then town hall is a logical step forward with that," board member Robert Bishop-Cotner said. "It's the centerpiece."
The board gave the commission direction to continue with the landmark designation process and hold the Jan. 8 public hearing.
"You're the link to our past," Thompson said.