Windsor Town Board instructs staff to pursue local landmark designation for Eaton House
August 16, 2014
The Windsor Town Board agreed on Monday to town staff's proposal to pursue a local landmark designation for the Eaton House.
The Eaton House is a two-story structure located in Boardwalk Park and is the only building in the park the town hasn't renovated in any way, except for structural repairs, Town Parks, Recreation and Culture Director Melissa Chew told the board during its regular meeting.
The town spent about $5,000 earlier this year to repair the building's foundation, roof and other parts of the structure. In 2014, the town budgeted money to complete a structural assessment with help from a State Historic Fund grant, however Chew said the process to apply for the grant is much easier if the building already has some type of landmark designation.
Chew brought a request to the town board Monday evening to begin the process of seeking a local landmark designation for the building through the Historic Preservation Commission. She said once the designation is complete, town staff can apply for the grant to complete the assessment on the building.
Town staff is also requesting funds to complete a site master plan in the upcoming 2015 town budget, Chew said. Once complete, the master plan would give the town more information about possible future uses for the building.
All town board members agreed that the landmark designation is worth pursuing.
"I personally think it's a neat structure," Mayor John Vazquez said. "I don't know what we could use it for, other than maybe adding it in to the pioneer village as a museum component, but when I did the tour when we were contemplating the foundation work, I supported the foundation work at that time because I think what Melissa is proposing is needed. I'd like to know what it would take — if it's worth investing — because honestly the building right now just sits there doing nothing. It's more of a liability. The longer we let it go, the more expensive it's going to be to do anything about."
Chew said town staff will prepare to bring the landmark designation proposal to bring to the board at an upcoming meeting.