Historic Preservation Commission Seeks Entries for Devlin Awards

(above) Westfield’s Flatiron Building was the recipient of a 2019 Devlin Award from the Historic Preservation Commission for outstanding renovation of a commercial property. Nominations are currently being sought for this year’s awards.

HPC Seeks Entries for Devlin Awards

Submitted by Jennifer Jaruzelski

Westfield Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) seeks entries for the Harry Devlin Commendations honoring property owners for outstanding efforts in the restoration, expansion, and maintenance of older properties. Created in 1993 to encourage the use of established historic preservation standards, the Devlin awards are named for Harry Devlin, a prominent local artist and architectural historian. Any project completed within the past five years that is visible to the public is eligible. Residential, commercial, professional and institutional buildings may be entered. Categories for nomination include:

Addition or alteration sensitive to original architecture;

Restoration or repair of original or existing improvement;

Period-appropriate painting or residing;

Adaptive reuse of a property in a manner sensitive to the original architecture and/or neighborhood;

Persons, actions or events that promote preservation may also be considered.

Nominations may be made by neighbors, architects, builders or self-submitted by owners. The deadline for entries is March 31, 2021. Criteria and entry forms can be found on the town website at westfieldnj.gov/historicpreservation.  For additional information, please contact hpc@westfieldnj.gov.

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