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Mayor presents preservation awards for five projects

June 05, 2002|by SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

Hagerstown Mayor William M. Breichner on Tuesday presented preservation awards for five projects, including work on Hagerstown City Police headquarters.

Recipients were recognized for their outstanding efforts to enhance or preserve the city's historic resources, streetscapes, historic districts and heritage, Senior Planner Kathleen Maher said.

They were selected by the Hagerstown Preservation Design District Commission, she said.

The Restoration Award was given to the police headquarters at 50 Burhans Blvd. for repair of the building's hidden gutter/downspout system and installation of a simulated slate roof, Breichner said

The improvements restored important features of the historic landmark, Breichner said.

The Rehabilitation Award was given to Clinton and Patricia Wiley for their home at 824 The Terrace for a sunroom alteration that enclosed a screen porch with a historically sensitive design, Breichner said.

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The alteration made a nice improvement for the owners while preserving the character of the historic house in the Oak Hill historic district, Breichner said.

The Storefront and Streetscape Enhancement Award went to Burhans Stations at 301 S. Burhans Blvd. Too Many Daves, LLC was recognized for its efforts to improve the appearance of the restaurant on Burhans by remodeling the building and improving the sidewalks around the building, Breichner said.

The improvements made the restaurant stand out while blending with the character of the neighborhood, Breichner said.

The award was also given to the Maryland Symphony Orchestra at 13 S. Potomac St. for the colorful new paint scheme on the orchestra's storefront and for the creation of a decorative planter box around the tree in front of their building, he said. These improvements strengthen the orchestra's presence on the streetscape while preserving the historic character of the downtown historic district, Breichner said.

The Streetscape Enhancement Award was given to the "Roses for the Wild Mary" mural on the South Burhans Boulevard Railroad Bridge, Breichner said.

The mural was designed with input from Ridge Avenue Neighborhoods First and CSX and funded by Ridge Avenue Neighborhoods First, the Washington County Arts Council and the City of Hagerstown, Breichner said.

The mural was designed and painted by Henri Verdel, Bettina Messersmith and Bill Masters.

The mural improved the appearance of the bridge while highlighting the Western Maryland Railroad, Breichner said.

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