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Preservation in Action: Ten Stories of Stewardship: Restoration, Rehabilitation, Renovation, Adaptation, and Reuse

Anne Crofoot Kuckro

A one-of-a-kind tour through exquisitely preserved, chronicled and illustrated historic buildings

Preservation in Action is the first publication that tells the compelling story of Old Wethersfield, Connecticut's largest and oldest historic district in its oldest town. Based on original research, with stunning photography and handsome design, through ten examples of restoration, rehabilitation, renovation, adaptation, and reuse, it demonstrates the community's efforts over more than a century to preserve the architectural legacy of its historic village, through individual and institutional commitments, civic planning decisions, historic preservation, and design review.

The examples range from the oldest house in town, with a 17th century addition added thirty years ago, to a 19th century commercial building whose greenhouse was repurposed as a cafe in 2022 and includes the town's old high school whose redevelopment, in a bold partnership between the Town and the Historical Society, together with the Society's redevelopment of another town owned building, has spurred the economic revival of the old village.

Book Details

  • Publisher: Wesleyan University Press
  • Publish Date: Sep 3rd, 2024
  • Pages: 216
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00in - 0.00lb
  • EAN: 9780819501462
  • Categories: Subjects & Themes - Architectural & IndustrialHistoric Preservation - Restoration TechniquesAdaptive Reuse & Renovation

About the Author

ANNE CROFOOT KUCKRO (1945-2010) was a historian and preservationist whose books include Hartford Architecture, Volume One: Downtown (1978); Captain James Francis, Master Builder: Brick Architecture in Wethersfield before 1840 (1974); and Wethersfield: A Tour of Houses and History (1984). PETER R. BROWN is an award-winning architectural and fine art photographer. LEE KUCKRO is a retired attorney and past president of the Wethersfield Historical Society.

Praise for this book

"Anne Kuckro invites us to appreciate both the architectural details that distinguish a fascinating collection of buildings in Old Wethersfield and the broader stories behind their preservation. As beautifully illustrated by photographer Peter Brown, her inspiring book reveals the rewarding legacy left by people committed to investing in place."--Sara C. Bronin, Past Chair, Preservation Connecticut