Category Archives: Preservation News

A View From The Chair – May 2012

Because historic preservation is vital to economic growth.

A Broadway producer who once told an aspiring playwright, “If you can’t write your idea on the back of my business card, you don’t have a clear idea.” So I’m going to begin by giving you this entire presentation at a length you can put on the back of your business card.

1. Sustainable development is crucial for economic competitiveness.

2. Sustainable development has more elements than just environmental responsibility.

3. “Green buildings” and sustainable development are not synonyms.

4. Historic preservation is, in and of itself, sustainable development.

5. Development without a historic preservation component is not sustainable.

I wish I had written that, but I didn’t. I took it, verbatim, from Economic Benefits of Preservation Session, “Sustainability and Historic Preservation” by Donovan Rypkema

Terry Blake, Chair

Historical Commission Recommends Restoration of Historic Artesian Well

January 16, 2012 – Jonathan Shaw, the SHC’s representative to the Sandwich Community Preservation Committee, spearheaded the effort to proceed with funding for Phase II of the Town Hall Restoration Project. Guided by his experienced hand, the Commission sent a formal request to the Community Preservation Committee to secure $350,000.00 from special local funding set aside for historic preservation. The Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 to jointly request funding for the project. The issue will be on the May, 2012 Town Warrant for voter approval. Once approved, the project should go up for bid in August with construction beginning in the fall of 2012.

A View From The Chair – December 2011


View From The Chair-Dec-2011Looking Back

As 2011 draws to a close the Sandwich Historical Commission finds itself weighing the merits of two controversial issues and pursuing another that few people considered an issue at all.

The request from the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce for the town to give them the Sand Hill School/Clark-Haddad building for use as a visitor’s center is the most difficult problem the  SHC has faced in its forty years of existence. At the core of the problem is the question of the best way to preserve one of only two remaining historic school buildings in Sandwich. Continue reading A View From The Chair – December 2011

Town seeks Old Kings Highway District input on Clark-Haddad fate

Town seeks Old Kings Highway District input on Clark-Haddad fate

Can building be razed? Can it be moved? Is it historical?

Posted Oct 07, 2011 @ 11:52 AM

Selectmen have directed Town Manager Bud Dunham to approach the Old King’s Highway Historical District to help determine the fate and future of the Clark-Haddad Building at Jarvesville.

Dunham will present two key questions to the district: can the structure be demolished, and can it be moved?

Selectman James Pierce says that once the district provides answers to those questions, his board will be able to gauge the true historical value of the old school that is disintegrating.

“To do nothing is not the right course of action,” Pierce said Thursday night. “We’ve got to ask the questions.”

Selectmen agreed that highway district answers would eliminate some options and help narrow a range of solutions. Pierce emphasized the point that his proposed questions are theoretical, not literal; but he also said the highway district carries the clout and regulatory authority over what is done with buildings in its domain.

Sandwich Historical Commission Chairman Terry Blake early Thursday night asked selectmen to table any action on Clark-Haddad until November so her panel could develop some “objective criteria” about the old building; and perhaps conduct a community visioning session related to its future viability. Selectmen weren’t buying.

Raze the building? Restore it in place? Or move it? These questions have been circulating throughout town government for months given the Sandwich Chamber of Commerce idea to move the building to an areanear Exit 2 of Route 130 and renovate it for use as a visitor center.

Pierce says that if the district agrees Clark-Haddad is indeed historical, the town might then approach the Community Preservation Act review committee to determine if that group’s historical resources account could be tapped for restoration or moving the building.

Dunham advised selectmen there are five instances in Massachusetts of CPA funds being used to relocate historical structures.

There was a fair degree of frustration among historical commission members Wednesday night before their vote to ask selectmen to table action on Clark-Haddad. Some members predicted a huge community outcry if the old building is moved.

Members resolved, however, not to “take a position” on what to do with the structure “until that makes sense.” And chamber director Kate Bavelock assured all concerned that the chamber is supportive of the historical commission in its efforts to achieve a solution.

Clark-Haddad, known as the Sand Hill School, is closed up. It previously served as the school system’s administrative office. Town meeting voters last year decided the building should be preserved and not sold.


Historic Marker Program In The Sandwich Enterprise

Historic Marker Program Leads To Unusual Discoveries

On news stands now! Local news story encourages local pride in historic homes through inclusion in Historical Commission’s program.
Read what may be hidden under the old floorboards.

A feature article by Mary Stanley is on the front page of the April 22, 2011 issue of The Sandwich Enterprise. members can read the article on line. Get yours now.

Sandwich Enterprise 4/22/2011