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Greenwich Historical Society Plans Annual Landmark Recognition Reception

The Greenwich Historical Society will host its annual Landmark Recognition Program reception April 17.
The Greenwich Historical Society will host its annual Landmark Recognition Program reception April 17. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Historical Society's annual Landmark Recognition Program reception will be Sunday, April 17 at the Greenwich Country Club.

The event honors distinctive properties that reflect Greenwich's unique architectural heritage. There will be a keynote presentation by Frank J. Prial Jr., one of America's foremost architects in the preservation movement.

An associate partner with the noted firm of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects, Prial has contributed to and led many of the firm's most celebrated projects, most notably Grand Central Terminal for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, the Empire State Building lobby for Empire State Realty Trust, The Morgan Library & Museum and the Baltimore Basilica.

He currently is leading the restoration and revitalization of Yale University's historic Memorial Hall and Commons in celebration of its bicentenntial.

Prial's keynote, "Fundamentals for Successful Restorations," will focus largely on the Grand Central Terminal restoration addressing its revitalization and continuing significance as a public space.

In keeping with the tradition established at the onset of the Landmarks Program in 1987, five properties will be presented with a plaque to commemorate their value in preserving Greenwich's rich architectural heritage.

The properties are the Mill in Glenville, a Round Hill estate originally commissioned by J.P. Morgan for his daughter, a classic Khakum Wood mansion and two Riverside homes, including a stone and brick Tudor and a Victorian.

"It's an honor to have one of America's foremost architects in preservation share his insights at our annual event," said Robin Kencel, chairman of this year's Landmark Recognition Program. "Mr. Prial's stewardship and commitment to the preservation of significant historical and cultural landmarks will be an inspiration for maintaining our unique and cherished heritage here in Greenwich."

Champagne, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served at the event. Tickets are $75 per person; $250 for Patron level; $500 for Benefactor level. Reservations are required; go to www.greenwichhistory.org or call ( 203) 869-6899 Ext. 10.

The event is from 4- 6 p.m.

The Greenwich County Club is at 19 Doubling Road, Greenwich.

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