City Manager Daniel Fitzpatrick is pleased to announce that Rochester’s restoration of the City Hall Annex building, which re-opened earlier this year, has earned recognition from the American Institute of Architects of New Hampshire (AIANH).
The annex project, which restored the building that originally opened as a fire station in 1904, will officially be recognized with AIANH’s Rick and Duffy Monahon Award for Design Excellence in Architectural Restoration and Preservation at a ceremony in January.
The award recognizes projects that display exemplary historic preservation efforts that are conducted with sensitivity to a historic structure’s design, the quality of its architecture and workmanship. Jurors from the UMass Amherst Architecture School also considered the challenges preservationists must overcome during the restoration process, as well as the level of community support for the project.
“This project created a practical link to Rochester’s past, and was completed with care and input from numerous people who were committed to restoring the building’s 20th century character while developing it into a modern facility,” City Manager Fitzpatrick. “I’m so pleased to see the dedication and effort that went into this project earning such a well-deserved honor.”
The restored Annex, which had last been used as a police station before being abandoned for more than a decade, was celebrated with a grand re-opening in late August. It was designed by architectural firm Oak Point Associates.
It will officially be awarded at a ceremony Jan. 5 at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester.