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Community Planning Projects

Below are examples of some of my community planning projects.  These projects range from town-wide surveys, area surveys, re-evaluations of older historic district, and etc.  Example projects are available upon request.

Downtown Commercial District Area Study

Laconia, NH

The Laconia Heritage Commission hired me to conductan area study of downtown Laconia for the City Planning Department. Downtown Laconia has been in a near constant state of flux from the earliest settlement of the village of Meredith Bridge (at the intersection of the Province Road and Winnipesaukee River) in the 1760s until the present.  Several waves of 19th century fires and rebuilding campaigns culminated in the adoption of Winnipesaukee River Urban Renewal Project (NH R-12) in the 1960s. The study documents the surviving historic resources in the downtown core, the mid-century modern buildings of Urban Renewal, and explores the potential for a National Register Historic District at the municipal core of the City.

Client: Laconia Planning Department

Completed: April 2021

Sanbornton Historic Preservation District Survey

Sanbornton, NH

Certified Local Government grant-funded study of the Sanborn Square Historic District, which was established in 1964 and listed to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The study provides up-to-date information on each of the approximately 95 properties within the current district and helps to formalize the Historic District boundaries. This information will be used to aid the Historic District Commission in overseeing the development of the area, understanding character-defining features of individual properties, and created a tabular database with information on each property that can be keyed into town mapping.

Client: Sanbornton Historic District Commission

Completed: August 2020

Hebron Disaster Planning for Historic Properties: Phase 1: Historic Resource Survey

Hebron, NH

This grant-funded study identifies some of the historical resources within the newly-defined Cockermouth River floodplain and creates a model to talk about risk-assessment and how to prioritize future historic resource survey in high-risk areas. Funded through a New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources (NHDHR) Storm Recovery and Disaster Planning Grant, the study analyzed historic resources within the floodplain within the context of the Town's history and development.

Client: New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

Completed: February 2019

Kingston Master Plan Historic & Cultural Resources Chapter

Kingston, NH

Certified Local Government grant-funded project to create an Historic and Cultural Resources Chapter for the Town of Kingston's Master Plan. Working closely with a Committee composed of representatives from the Kingston Planning Board, Heritage Commission, Historic District Commission, Historical Museum Committee and members of the public under the direction of the Kingston Planning Board a chapter was developed that summarizes past historic preservation efforts, identifies historical resources, discusses how they can be preserved for the benefit of future generations, and identifies the unique roles of each organization in future efforts.

Client: Town of Kingston

Completed: June 2018

NH Planning Survey Project & Model Survey of Center Harbor, NH

Center Harbor, NH

Grant-funded project to create a new process for conducting town-wide survey that can be used across the state by other New Hampshire communities. This process is intended to encourage a greater level of structured community involvement and professional preservation analysis to increase engagement and reduce some costs while increasing the usefulness of the resulting document. This planning survey model identified areas with a high potential for eligible properties and local landmarks, made recommendations for future survey, and cross-referenced with hazard maps, flood risk maps, zoning maps and other town resources. During this phased project, I created a new guideline for conducting town-wide survey and then used the Town of Center Harbor as a test-subject for perfecting the guideline.

Client: New Hampshire Division of Historical Resources

Completed: June 2018

2019 New Hampshire Preservation Alliance Merit Award Winner

Sanbornville Historic Resources Area Form

Wakefield, NH

Historical resources survey of the Village of Sanbornville in Wakefield, NH completed as part of a Certified Local Government Grant for the Wakefield Heritage Commission. The village grew up as Wolfeboro Junction at around the intersection of the Eastern Railroad and the Wolfeboro Branch Railroad after 1871. Over the next twenty years the village grew rapidly and by 1895 the municipal center had shifted from Wakefield Village to the newly named Sanbornville.

Client: Wakefield Heritage Commission

Completed: October 2017

Newington Town-Wide Mapping Project

Newington, NH

Certified Local Government (CLG) grant-funded mapping study to create a series of maps showing 400 years of change in land use and transportation patterns to demonstrate the impact of development as the town changed from a farming community to a suburb of Portsmouth. Historic maps were digitized and entered into the town’s ESRI Arc View GIS database and then analyzed in the form of a written report. Recommendations for future study were made based on an analysis of what was done in the past, what has been missed, and what needs more attention moving forward.

Client: Newington Historic District Commission

Completed: August 2015

Survey of Extant Historic Carriage Houses and Urban Barns within Concord’s West End Neighborhood

Concord, NH

Windshield survey of surviving carriage houses and urban barns within a section of Concord's West End neighborhood, recording each property at a reconnaissance level, with a focus on the carriage house/urban barn. Also created a contextual document giving a thematic overview of historic carriage houses and urban barns within the defined study area to provide an historic background narrative of the individual barns and their relationship to both the individual residences and neighborhood as a whole. This survey also will provide an overview of character defining features of these buildings in order to help the Heritage Commission be more proactive in working with the planning department. This project is done under a Certified Local Government Grant as a consultant through&nbsp;</span><a href="" target="_blank"><span style="color:blue;mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;">Christopher P. Williams, Architects</span></a><span style="mso-fareast-font-family:&quot;Times New Roman&quot;;"> of Meredith, NH.

Client: City of Concord Planning Department

Completed: Fall 2014

Preservation Without Reservations

Holderness, NH

Analysis of the boom and decline of motels and cabin colonies on Route 3 along the shore of Squam Lake. Project included an historical analysis of the development of tourism along Route 3, and its wane in recent decades. Comparative analysis with similar types of resources in other parts of the country and what is being done to bring people back to these rapidly vanishing structures was an essential element in constructing a plan to apply to New Hampshire.

Plymouth State Univeristy MA in Historic Preserviaton Class “Preservation Planning & Management)

Professor: Elizabeth Muzzey (former NH SHPO)

Completed: June 2013

Blue-Collar Mill Town to Summer Destination: Shifting Economies in Small Town New Hampshire

Meredith, NH

Analysis of the history of the economy of Meredith, New Hampshire as evidenced through an analysis of the connections between the culture of the town and its architecture. How have cultural and economic shifts affected the landscape of the town, changing it from a walk-able working town to a sprawling tourist destination that was shifted away from the main street? Analysis included suggestions as to how to make the main street more inviting and reinvigorate the downtown.

Plymouth State Univeristy MA in Historic Preserviaton Class “Rural Cultural Environment”

Professor: Dr. Ben Amsden (Center for Rural Partnerships)

Completed: February 2013

Laconia State School for the Feeble Minded: Laconias Chance to take a Stand for Sustainability

Laconia, NH

How do we approach the preservation of places that are associated with aspects of our past that we may rather forget? This study presented an analysis of possible futures for the Laconia State School property within the context of its past, what has been done across the country with similar campuses, and the needs of the local community in an effort to look at the options for the future of the abandoned campus. How can this campus, and the energy its land and building embody, best be utilized going forward?

Plymouth State Univeristy MA in Historic Preserviaton Class “Susatainability & Historic Preservation”

Professor: Mary Kate Ryan (former NH State Survey Coordinator)

Completed: November 2012

*Project featured at the 2013 NH Preservation Alliance Conference Historic Buildings for the Next Century: Preservation’s Role in Building A Sustainable Future