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‘Seven to Save’ Preservation Deadline Nears

Concord (ap) — New Hampshire’s Preservation Alliance is seeking nominations of historic landmarks in need of rescue and repair for its annual “Seven to Save” distinctions. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 16.

This is the eighth year that the alliance has turned a spotlight on seven projects and sought sponsors to help salvage them. The nominated building or landmark must be more than 50 years old and be significant to the state’s history. Last year a mill, a meetinghouse and the state’s only reinforced concrete arch bridge topped the alliance’s list.

This year’s “Seven to Save” will be announced at the alliance’s annual meeting Oct. 22.

Officials say half of the previous “Seven to Save” landmarks have been saved and others are making significant progress toward restoration. Structures that make the list are selected based on their historic significance, the degree to which they are threatened and the potential that making the list could dramatically alter their fates.

“Investment in these properties provides opportunities for new uses, economic development and environmentally sustainable construction,” said Jennifer Goodman, director of the alliance. “Our goals include increasing local capacity for saving historic landmarks and engaging more people in the worthwhile activities of the preservation movement — activities that have broad public benefit for the health and appearance of our communities.”

Five Upper Valley landmarks have made the list in its eight-year history: The Great Stone Dwelling, at the Enfield Shaker Museum in Enfield, made the first list in 2006. The George Kimball House, in Canaan, and Old Town Hall, in Sunapee, were selected in 2008 and Pearson Hall, in Haverhill, and Charlestown Town Hall were cited in 2011. Others include truss and stone-arched bridges, inns, churches, meetinghouses, schools and three of the state’s grand hotels — the Balsams, the Mount Washington and Bretton Woods.