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City councilor wins preservation award

May 20, 2014

By Dyke Hendrickson, The Daily News of Newburyport, Mass.



May 20--NEWBURYPORT -- The Newburyport Preservation Trust recently honored a half-dozen residents and/or institutions who are working to save the historic nature of the city, and one of the key tributes went to City Councilor Jared Eigerman.

Eigerman was recognized for "preservation leadership" for his work in creating zoning amendments to prohibit demolitions of historic buildings throughout the city's National Register District, and to protect downtown building facades.

In honoring the first-time councilor, Trust officials said, "To a native son we say 'thank you' for returning, ensuring past generations' work is not undone and giving lead to a new generation."

Eigerman, a Harvard graduate who earned joint degrees in law and urban planning from the University of California, started his career as a land-use lawyer in the San Francisco area.

He and his family returned to this city several years ago, and Trust officials said his work during his first year on the council has provided the city with important protections against random destruction of historic structures.

Eigerman, 45, was quoted as saying, "I chose my career and formed my view of proper planning and town life largely by what I saw during Newburyport's 1970s renaissance."

The following were also honored:

Leah McGavern and Clifford Goudey, 21 Marlboro St. Committee officials said, "Their outstanding maintenance has included carefully removing 30 coats of paint from the front door, so the beautiful details can be enjoyed again.

St. Paul's Church/St. Paul's Chapel, 166 High St., exterior and interior restoration.

YWCA of Greater Newburyport, "Sensitive addition to an historic building," 11 Market St. In 2012, the Y wanted to add five apartments. The expanded building, its Victorian roots still firmly in place, now provides a home to 10 families," preservation leaders said.

Matthew Blanchette, mason, "historic landscape restoration," for work done at 100 State St.

Benjamin Twombly, named as a "historically sensitive craftsman/builder," for his work on Temple Street and for "other well-done projects in the South End."

Jasper March, "historically sensitive craftsman/builder." He was recognized for work in several buildings including 17 Federal St. and 64 Federal St.

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