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Greenwich Historical Society Honors Unique Properties

The Greenwich Historical Society's Landmark Recognition Program will honor five unique properties with a special reception on April 19.
The Greenwich Historical Society's Landmark Recognition Program will honor five unique properties with a special reception on April 19. Photo Credit: File

GREENWICH, Conn. -- The Greenwich Historical Society's Landmark Recognition Program will honor five distinctive properties that reflect Greenwich's unique architectural heritage at an April 19 reception.

Properties include a stunning backcountry estate once home to Joseph Hirshhorn and the fabulous art collection he donated to the Smithsonian; the former Greenwich Post Office, now home to Restoration Hardware; French Farm, whose past owner was a preservation pioneer in Greenwich; a charming Cos Cob Victorian and the Riverside Avenue Bridge (Connecticut's only cast iron bridge). Each of the properties will be presented with a Greenwich Historical Society plaque for its adherence to design and architectural excellence.

Stephanie Meeks, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, will present the critical connection between older buildings and dynamic cities in the keynote address, titled "The Future of the Past: Re-Conceiving Historic Preservation for the 21st Century." Meeks is a leader in the New Preservation Movement.

"It's a privilege to have such a significant leader in America's preservation movement share her perspective and knowledge," said Robin Kencel, chairman of this year's Landmark Recognition Program.

"Under Meeks' leadership, the Trust has an ambitious plan to save imperiled places and engage new and younger audiences in the cause--issues that are as relevant to our community in Greenwich as they are to the national picture," Kencel said. This year's plaque recipients will receive books showcasing the architectural richness of their properties, written by former Landmark Committee Chairman Jack Morris and designed by committee member Joel Dawson.

The Landmark Recognition Program reception takes place from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19 at the Greenwich Country Club, 19 Doubling Road. Champagne, wine and appetizers will be served. Tickets are $75 per person; $250 for Patron level; $500 for Benefactor level. Event proceeds support the Historical Society's mission to preserve and interpret Greenwich history.

Advance reservations are required. Visit www.greenwichhistory.org or call (203) 869-6899, ext. 10. The Greenwich Landmark Recognition program is generously sponsored by ACE Private Risk Services, Charles Hilton Architects, Hub International Northeast Insurance, David Ogilvy & Associates--Exclusive Affiliate of Christie's Great Estates, Northern Trust and Cummings & Lockwood.

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