In an effort to keep the downtown Freehold area looking as original as possible the Freehold Borough Historic Preservation Commission is once again accepting nominations for its annual historic preservation awards.
The commission gives out three different awards focusing on different areas of preservation across the borough. The Ira C. Tilton Preservation Award is given to a property owner who has shown a long term commitment to preserving and maintaining a historic property. Last year’s winner of the award was Gil Burgess for his work on the house at the corner of Center Street and Hudson Street.
The Ira C. Tilton Restoration Award is given to a property owner who has worked to to keep a building in the historic character of the borough. The winner last year was the law firm of Manning and Calendo for their work on their office which is located at 8 Broad Street.
Finally the Carl N. Steinberg Award For Historic Preservation is given to local business owners who have worked to maintain the historic qualities of the downtown district. It was Steinberg who claimed the award last year, as recognition for his work in the borough’s preservation efforts. That includes the firehouse on Throckmorton Street and the Agricultural Exchange Building on Monmouth Avenue.
Jeff Friedman, chairman of the commission said he was glad his organization can provide these awards for local efforts. “The presentation of these yearly awards gives the commission to highlight the wonderful efforts made by local residents and business owners to restore and maintain Freehold Borough’s most precious resources, our historic buildings and structures.”
Friedman said he has seen several properties in the borough that have had restoration work done and would like to recognize the property owners for their efforts. “As chairperson of the Freehold Borough Historic Commission I am very proud of the work that has been done over the last few years by the Commission and I hope that through the Commission’s efforts we will continue to help promote and enhance the economic viability of Freehold Borough.”
Nominations can be made through the commission’s Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org