In recognition of National Historic Preservation Month, the Manchester Main Street Historic Preservation & Design committee and North Manchester Historic Homes Preservation Group teamed up to present the “Celebrate Preservation” evening on May 17th at the Center for History.
The Second Annual Preservation awards were given to two businesses and a homeowner. Each year Manchester Main Street honors owners of historic buildings who have made exemplary restoration or preservation efforts that contribute to the beauty of North Manchester. The awards are intended to celebrate past work and encourage future projects promoting historic preservation.
The 2016 awards were given to Mary Lou Brown, for the preservation of her 1910-era house on North Wayne Street. Linda and Steven Lambert were honored for the creative restoration of their business, Lambert’s Body Shop on Mill Street. Karen and Bob Fawcett and Scott Carlin were awarded for restoration of the Main View Inn.
The speaker for the evening was Paul Hayden of Indiana Landmarks. Hayden recently began working in the Indiana Landmarks’ regional office which re-opened in Wabash. His presentation was “The History of the American Front Porch” and he covered the evolution and extinction of the front porch design which included a case study on how to restore an historic home that still has a porch.
America in Bloom and Manchester Main Street would like to thank the many people that came out on Saturday, June 18th, to participate in their biennial garden walk. We had beautiful weather and a wonderful turnout for gardening enthusiasts.
The success of the events rides mainly on our gracious hosts, the homeowners that welcomed the community to their gardens and shared the creative and imaginative products of their labors. So we thank: Rick and Deb Bauer, Matt and Diana Nettleton, Gary and Dee Montel, Cam and Debbie Vanyo, Marie Quick, Larry and Mary Ann Swihart and the United Methodist Church.
We would also like to thank these generous sponsors for their support with this year’s event; Batteries Plus Bulbs, Beacon Credit Union, Blooms & Heirlooms, Cottage Creations, Hoffman’s Nursery, Main View Inn, Manchester Realty, Metzger Landscape & Design, Sonshine Greenhouse, Tri Oaks Realty, and Wetzel Insurance Agency.
The Manchester Garden Club provided invaluable assistance in not only helping on event day, but in their many volunteer hours making the Eel River Gardens a beautiful starting point for the tour. Finally, our thanks to the vendors that attended that day and helped to enhance the experience of our guests that day.
Manchester Main Street seeks to stimulate revitalization of downtown North Manchester through economic development and historic preservation.