Renovated Kingdom Hall recognized by Historical Review folks…

Let the sunshine in - the new windows & roof & paint job (and more!) really opened up the Kingdom Hall

Let the sunshine in - the new windows & roof & paint job (and more!) really opened up the way the Kingdom Hall looks. Top shot: 2008; bottom shot: 1988.

When I took the top picture (above) last November, I couldn’t help but think what a good job our Jehovah Witness friends had done with the renovation. Guess I’m not the only one – here’s more from the Town Historic Preservation Coordinator, Sandy Strelou:

On May 27, 2009 the Town of Friday Harbor’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) will recognize the Friday Harbor Jehovah’s Witnesses with a Partner’s in Preservation award for the exterior renovation to the Kingdom Hall, a project completed last November.

Though the Hall is young by historic preservation standards, and would not otherwise be considered a local landmark, the HPRB is awarding the congregation a special preservation award: Outstanding Achievement by an Organization to Promote Historic Preservation. This award acknowledges the renovation’s contribution to preserving the historic feel of lower Argyle Avenue.

Mary Jane Anderson, who chairs the HPRB, explained that Jehovah’s Witnesses demonstrated exceptional commitment to the historic district throughout the design and application phases of the project.

“The church’s planning committee clearly read the preservation manual, and closely studied the neighborhood. They wanted to understand the character of the area, and ultimately designed their project so that it would compliment the architectural feel of historic lower Argyle without creating a false or confusing sense of history.”

Anderson invites the congregation, past award recipients and the public to join the HPRB at the award ceremony at 6pm, Wednesday, May 27th, 225 Malcolm Street. The Town’s historic preservation guidelines are online at www.historicfridayharbor.org. For more information contact Sandy Strehlou, 360.378.2810.

Posted on May 19, 2009 at 1:39 pm by
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