2015 Narducci Awards
After its recent Autumn House Tour, the Lambertville Historical Society bestowed its prestigious Narducci Award on a homeowner whose efforts in preservation and restoration are considered significant. The LHS board of trustees unanimously adopted the award committee’s recommendations. The 2015 committee included Irene Rudolph (chair), Lou Toboz, Mark Weinstein and Fred Eisinger.
This year’s recipient was Helen Petitt George Evans who undid the mid-20th century “improvements” to his 32 North Union Street commercial property by restoring showroom display windows to their original configuration, replacing the missing “Grand Depot” tile work at the entry and replicating the original 19th century copper canopy over the sidewalk. While only considering the ground floor exterior, the award committee also noted the return of the grand staircase and skylight to the interior space.
The other awardees were Bill & Rene Taylor who have beautifully maintained and sensitively restored their home with recent painting and porch replacement. At the corner of Delaware Avenue and N. Main Street, it is an often-seen improvement to the Lambertville cityscape.
The Historical Society established the Alice Narducci Preservation awards in 1996 in honor of the founding society president who played a key role in saving the Marshall House from demolition. The award, a bronze plaque, recognizes historical preservation of a structure’s exterior, restoration of a building to its original architectural integrity, or a combination.