The Harford County Historic Preservation Commission announced its 21st annual award recipients during a recently held ceremony at the historic Liriodendron Mansion in Bel Air. These awards, which are presented each May in honor of National Historic Preservation Month, recognize individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to stewardship of Harford County’s historic and cultural resources. At the 2016 ceremony, County Executive Barry Glassman provided welcoming remarks, and Commission Chairwoman Carol Deibel acted as the master of ceremonies. Award winners appear below.
Preservation Project Awards were presented to:
Ladew Topiary Gardens for the conservation and restoration of the historic Berry Garden Fountain, with special recognition to Michael Coomes, Howard Wellman, and Ben Gage;
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church for this County Landmark property’s historic stained glass windows restoration project, with special recognition to J&R Lamb Studios of Midland Park, New Jersey;
The Baltimore County and Harford County public works departments for their historic Jericho Covered Bridge rehabilitation project, with special recognition to Keith Duerling, Baltimore County Dept. of Public Works; Naveed Shah, Harford County Dept. of Public Works; Wallace, Montgomery & Associates; Kinsley Construction; Barns & Bridges of New England; and Friends of Jerusalem Mill.
Special Preservation Awards were presented to:
Steppingstone Farm Museum for promoting education and public history through the Foard Blacksmith Shop interior renovation, and the reinstallation and redevelopment of the exhibit;
Harford County Public Library for their efforts to promote education and public history through their locally held series of programming.
In addition, a Preservationist Honor Award was presented to Aberdeen resident Jack Davis for his dedication and significant contributions in archeological investigative projects in Harford County.
For more information about the Harford County Historic Preservation Program, and this year’s winners, please visit the Dept. of Planning and Zoning web page http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/691/Historic-Preservation