The Lewes Historical Society is set to honor four outstanding preservationists this year at the Lewes Historic Preservation Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Burton Builders. U.S. Senator Thomas R. Carper will offer remarks regarding the importance of historic preservation. The awards luncheon begins at 12:00pm on, Friday, April 11 at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant in the second floor banquet room. Tickets are $20 per person. Reservations are required by April 7, 2014 to 302-645-7670.
The four honorees have made an indelible impact on the Lewes community by enhancing the town through preservation and thoughtful design and services.
Hon. James L. Ford, III
Amy & Craig Felker
Brenda B. Jones
Hal and Holly Brundage
Mayor James L. Ford, III: Community Service Award Winner
After a decade of leadership as Mayor and more than ten other years as a member of City Council, Mayor Ford has shepherded Lewes through dramatic improvements and projects. Among the notable achievements during his tenure are the completion of the Lewes Canalfront Park, the Second Street Revitalization Project and the celebration of Lewes's 375th Anniversary in 2006. In addition to his position as Mayor, Ford's business as a preservation contractor has earned him the wide admiration of homeowners across Lewes and has given him a unique sense of the importance of preservation in the First Town in the First State.
Amy & Craig Felker: Stewardship Award Winner for 214 Mulberry Street
When the Allmond family decided to sell the first Bethel Church at the corner of Mulberry and Third Streets in 2012, they wanted to make sure they found a buyer who would respect the historic fabric and nature of the structure. Did they ever. The first building in Delaware specifically built as a Methodist church was purchased by Amy and Craig Felker who did the minimal repairs needed to prepare the building to be an integral part of Lewes's architectural heritage for years to come. Bishop Francis Asbury noted in 1790 "we have a chapel built at Lewistown;" we think he would be pleased to know it is still here, more than 220 years later, and poised to inspire for even longer.
Brenda B. Jones: Renovation Award Winner for 121 East Third Street
Featured in the "Curb Appeal" section of "This Old House," with before and after photos, what many would have seen as a tear-down shot-gun bungalow was salvaged by Brenda Jones and turned into a charming residence. Utilizing salvaged parts from the house including pine flooring and the original cast iron kitchen sink. An old packing crate found in the attic was re-purposed as a door; the crate has a previous owner's name on it with the house address and reinforces the sense of place that Lewes embodies.
Hal & Holly Brundage: Restoration Award Winner for 325 Market Street
Built around 1904 and enlarged around 1955, 325 Market Street has been restored to its former glory while adapting to the conveniences of today. Heart pine flooring was salvaged as were existing staircases and railings. While the chimney bricks needed to be replaced, a salvaged mantel from Philadelphia reinforces Lewes's close connections to the city on the Delaware River. The front porch's decorative corner brackets were retained, blending into the fabric of one of Lewes's loveliest residential streets as they have for over a century. Modern taste and historic character blend in this Market Street gem.
“Done correctly, historic preservation isn’t necessarily about the preservation of one building, but rather a community and its context, and it should lead to thriving local business and a sustainable way of life,” Society Executive Director Mike DiPaolo noted. “Lewes is often held up nationally as an example of what a community can do when it both cares about its past and puts it mind to the task. The society feels we need to honor those who have acted so faithfully as stewards of our heritage.”
Lewes has been recognized by the White House as a Preserve America Community and by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of America’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations for its embrace of preservation, its strong local business community and its walkable neighborhood pattern.
The Society hosts educational programs and exhibits throughout the year and generates approximately $8 million for the local economy by attracting tens of thousands of visitors to its museums, tours, events and programs. The Society has restored and maintains 12 historic properties and hundreds of thousands of artifacts, photographs and archival materials to function as the memory of Lewes.
More information can be found at www.HistoricLewes.org. To make reservations for the Lewes Historic Preservation Awards Luncheon, call 302-645-7670.