Ceremony honors Manchester's past
David and Kim Hughes talk about the homeowners award-winning house on Oak Street during the annual Manchester Historic Association Preservation Awards Dinner held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester on Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Remove asphalt shingled roof and replace it with a replica of the original slate and copper? Check. Restore the original hardwood floors and remove, in Kim Hughes’ words, the “ugly, ugly wallpaper” to replace it with original wallpaper? Yep.
“I found an old gold tooth!” Kim Hughes said with what her husband described as her usual exuberance. “It was so cool, but it was disgusting. I sold it and got a bunch of money.”
The association gave out nine awards Thursday night that ranged from the Hughes’ homeowner’s award to honors for adaptive reuse of a building, restoring a historic site and restoring a historic building.
“It’s to honor some of the historical value of some of the buildings in Manchester and to promote, preserve and ensure the history of Manchester,” he said.
The bakery, featuring Greek and American pastries, cakes and pies made from chicken or pork, has been in business for 27 years and survived competition from large supermarkets by continuing to make all of their products by hand, Chagnon said.
The other honorees were: Friends of Stark Park, which received the restoration of a historic site award for the Stark Family Gravesite restoration project; Brady Sullivan Properties, given the adaptive reuse award for the lofts at Mill Number One; the city of Manchester, which received two awards for renovating Bakersville Elementary School and the Dearborn Memorial Hall/Odd Fellows Hall; the Saidel family, which received the stewardship of a historic family business award for Merrimack Street Volvo; St. Mary’s Bank, given the design award for its new headquarters building; and former board member Elizabeth L. LaRocca, who received the leadership and advocacy award.
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