“This Place Matters!” Photo Contest Celebrates Founders Day in Greenwich

"This Place Matters!" event chair Carrie Wallack, Rachel Franco, Joseph Kantorski and Robin Kencel. Photo Matt Bracchitta

“This Place Matters!” event chair Carrie Wallack, Rachel Franco, Joseph Kantorski and Robin Kencel. Photo Matt Bracchitta

The winners of the Historical Society of Greenwich’s “This Place Matters!” photo contest were celebrated on Tuesday at Innis Arden Cottage at Greenwich Point.

The announcement of the contest’s winners coincided with the 377th anniversary of our town’s founding in 1640.

During the contest, residents were encouraged to mobilize around the places in town they love and are worth preserving for future generations.  “This Place Matters!” was inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s initiative to encourage preservation.

There were over 60 entries to the photo contest, each picture displaying a different landmark around our town that meant something to the people living in our town. The photos covered everything from landmarks to monuments to overall important places in town. “There’s one from each section of town,” claimed the organizer of the event, Laura McCormick.

The judges for the event were as follows, Michael Biondo, architectural photographer; Rachel Franco, preservation advocate and life coach; Joseph Kantorski, professional graphic designer, and Robin Kencel, co-chair of the Town of Greenwich public relations initiative.

Judge, Joseph Kantorski described the entries to the event. “Each photo defines the word place in a different way, a place can be a tree, a place can be a street, a place can be a state of mind,” he said.

This event encouraged residents to focus on the importance of preserving landmarks and monuments that everyone in Greenwich holds so dearly.

“The event is close to home, it’s perfect, it’s wonderful,” said State Senator Scott Frantz. “You can never hear the basic history of the beginning of the town enough. It’s a wonderful story.”

Davidde Strackbein, Greenwich Historical Society Chairman, said the Greenwich Landmarks Recognition program was launched 30 years ago to identify and plaque structures that embody our town’s unique historical and architectural legacy since its founding in 1640. She described the “This Place Matters!” as a modern documentary project.

Timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the Landmarks Recognition Program, the initiative encourages residents to focus on the importance of preservation for maintaining Greenwich’s rich cultural heritage by sharing the places and stories that make Greenwich such a cherished place worth preserving.

Robin Kencel at the Historical Society of Greenwich’s “This Place Matters!” event honoring contest winners. Photo: Matt Bracchitta

State Senator Scott Frantz, State Rep Livvy Floren, First Selectman Peter Tesei at the Historical Society of Greenwich's "This Place Matters!" event honoring contest winners. Photo: Matt Bracchitta

State Senator Scott Frantz, State Rep Livvy Floren, First Selectman Peter Tesei at the Historical Society of Greenwich’s “This Place Matters!” event honoring contest winners. Photo: Matt Bracchitta

Mason and Teddy Maloney with Sally Maloney Duval. Photo: Matt Bracchitta

Mason and Teddy Maloney with Sally Maloney Duval. Photo: Matt Bracchitta

1st Place Tod’s Point, Old Greenwich Submitted by Joseph Weed

1st Place Tod’s Point, Old Greenwich Submitted by Joseph Weed

2nd Place Mason and Teddy Maloney at the September 11 Memorial in Cos Cob Park.  Submitted by Sally Maloney

1st Place
Tod’s Point, Old Greenwich
Submitted by Joseph Weed

2nd Place
Mason and Teddy Maloney at the September 11 Memorial in Cos Cob Park, Cos Cob Submitted by Sally Maloney

3rd Place
Ada’s, Riverside
Finley Marshall and Lucinda McCall
Photo by Carrie Wallace

4th Place
Byram clambake pavilion, Byram
Submitted by Alexandra Bogdanovic

5th Place
Neighbors on Park Avenue, Central Greenwich
Submitted by Catherine Tompkins

5th Place Neighbors on Park Avenue, Central Greenwich Submitted by Catherine Tompkins

Prizes:

  • 1st Prize: Tickets for two adults to the Greenwich Winter Antiques Show Preview Party December 1, 2017
  • 2nd Prize: Tickets for two adults to the Antiquarius Holiday House Tour December 6, 2017
  • 3rd Prize: One annual family membership to the Greenwich Historical Society
  • 4th Prize: One family pass to the Greenwich Historical Society Fall Festival October 8, 2017
  • 5th Prize: A collection of Greenwich-themed books for children and adults

History of the Landmark Recognition Program

Established in 1987 as “Signs of the Times” Greenwich Landmarks was founded by the Historical Society under the leadership of Claire Vanderbilt, one of the town’s tireless advocates for historic preservation.

The program was the first broad-based local effort to undertake detailed research and documentation of individual properties and to make the information accessible to the public for research. Each property is professionally researched, with all related documents preserved in the Historical Society’s Archives. Owners receive an official Greenwich Landmark plaque, a title search and a formal architectural description of the home. Landmark designation does not restrict an owner’s right to modify a building or site.

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