Greenwich Historical Society Landmarks Program to Honor Unique Properties

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Contributed, Greenwich Historical Society

The Greenwich Historical Society’s annual Landmark Recognition Program reception, which honors distinctive properties that reflect Greenwich’s unique architectural heritage, will have a keynote presentation by Frank J. Prial, Jr., AIA, one of America’s foremost architects in the preservation movement.

The reception will be held April 17th at the Greenwich Country Club.

 An Associate Partner with the noted firm of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Mr. Prial has contributed to and led many of BBB’s most celebrated projects, most notably Grand Central Terminal for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Empire State Building lobby for Empire State Realty Trust, The Morgan Library & Museum and the Baltimore Basilica, among others. He is currently leading the restoration and revitalization of Yale University’s historic Memorial Hall and Commons in celebration of Yale’s bicentennial.

 Mr. Prial’s keynote, Fundamentals for Successful Restorations, will focus largely on the Grand Central Terminal restoration.

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The Mill, photographed during Pemberwick-Glenville Neighborhood tour, May 31, 2015 Credit: Leslie Yager

In keeping with the tradition established at the onset of the Landmarks Program in 1987, five properties will be presented with a plaque to commemorate their value in preserving Greenwich’s rich architectural heritage. Properties span the Mill in Glenville, a magnificent Round Hill estate originally commissioned by J.P. Morgan for his daughter, a classic Khakum Wood mansion, and two Riverside homes, including a charming stone and brick Tudor and a gracious Victorian.

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It’s an honor to have one of America’s foremost architects in preservation share his insights at our annual event,” said Robin Kencel, chairman of this year’s Landmark Recognition Program. “Mr. Prial’s stewardship and commitment to the preservation of significant historical and cultural landmarks will be an inspiration for maintaining our unique and cherished heritage here in Greenwich.”

The Landmark Recognition Program reception takes place at the Greenwich Country Club, Sunday, April 17 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Click for details and reservations.

 The Landmark Recognition Program was begun in 1987 by the Greenwich Historical Society. Originally known as “Signs of the Times,” its purpose is to inspire the public to connect personally with Greenwich’s past through the recognition of architecturally noteworthy structures and thereby to encourage their preservation.

Nearly 300 homes, commercial buildings and sites have been recognized with plaques for depicting the town’s rich cultural heritage since the program’s inception. Each plaqued property is professionally researched, documented and preserved in the Historical Society’s Archive. Over the years, these documents have been popular with homeowners, researchers and scholars, as well as architects, builders and real estate professionals.

See also:

Interview with Robin Kencel, Greenwich Historical Society Landmarks Program

Greenwich Historical Society Tours Riversville to Round Hill: Evolution from Farmland to Country Clubs, Private Schools

Blast from the Past: Pemberwick-Glenville Tour Stops at Never Built Rail Line, Nut & Bolt and Felt Factories


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