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State Library, architectural historian receive preservation awards

The State of New Hampshire and New Hampshire State Architectural Historian James L. Garvin each received recognition at the 2011 New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Annual Awards.

The State was recognized for the rehabilitation work done on the New Hampshire State Library, which is located directly across from the State House in Concord. Built in 1894 of native granite, the State Library has been called “the finest building ever constructed by the State of New Hampshire.”

Original rehabilitation plans for the building called for partial window replacement, but the New Hampshire Division of Public Works determined that restoration of the existing ones was more cost-effectivethan replacement, as well as a more appropriate preservation solution.

Each of the building’s 160 windows was removed, restored, repainted in their historically accurate black and then reinstalled by expert finish carpenters from Meridian Construction of Gilford, which also replaced the roof and repaired damaged plaster. EnviroVantage of Epping performed lead paint and asbestos abatement.

This rehabilitation work not only returns the building to its original intended appearance but also makes it more energy efficient and comfortable for visitors and staff. The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance noted that this preservation project serves as a significant example of stewardship by the State of New Hampshire.

Also at the Awards, State Architectural Historian James L. Garvin of the Division of Historical Resources was honored for his outstanding contributions to the preservation of landmark structures, artifacts and communities in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance noted that two generations of preservation advocates and professionals, and countless historic places, have benefited from Garvin’s thoughtful, practical and pioneering research as well as his outstanding communication and advocacy skills.

“The New Hampshire Department of Cultural Resources works to nurture the cultural well-being of our state, and historic preservation is an important part of what we do,” said Van McLeod, commissioner of the Department of Cultural Resources. “We’re pleased and proud to have both Jim Garvin’s work and the New Hampshire State Library’s preservation project recognized by the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance.”

New Hampshire’s Department of Cultural Resources includes the State Council on the Arts, the Film and Television Office, the Division of Historical Resources, the State Library and the Commission on Native American Affairs. The Department strives to nurture the cultural well-being of our state. From the covered bridges and traditional music of our past to the avant-garde performances and technological resources of today and tomorrow, New Hampshire’s culture is as varied as its geography and its people. This strong cultural base—which truly has something for everyone—attracts businesses looking for engaged workforces, provides outstanding educational opportunities and creates communities worth living in. Learn more at




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