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Founders Night Spotlights Plainfield Preservation Work

Event took place May 22 at former Baci restaurant building.

Credit: Submitted photo
Credit: Submitted photo
Several Plainfield residents were recognized for their contributions to local historic preservation when they received awards at a Founders Day event May 22.

About 70 people attended the commemoration, which is held during May to coincide with Preservation Month. Hosted collaboratively by the Village Preservation Association, the Plainfield Historical Society, the Riverfront Foundation and the Plainfield Area Chamber of Commerce, the event took place in the 1868 Universalist Church on Lockport Street, most recently home to Baci Ristorante.

Award recipients and the honors they received include:

  • Michael A. Lambert, Chester Ingersoll Heritage Award: presented in recognition of his continued dedication to the preservation of the community's oral and written history.
  • The village of Plainfield, James Walker Pioneer Award: presented in honor of the volunteer efforts that led to the village's creation of a downtown historic district, and its selection for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Debra and Clayton Olsen, Hagar & Sargent Proprietor's Award: in recognition of their work in rehabilitating and preserving the Plainfield Box Company, also known as the Midcentury Building, at Amboy and Center Street.
  • Brendan Heffernan, Lorin Burdick Builders' Award: distinguished for his restoration/renovation and continued maintenance of the Chittenden-Owens-Spangler residence, on Route 30 just north of Union Street. 
  • Debra and Clayton Olsen, Lorin Burdick Builders' Award: presented to recognize their ongoing restoration/renovation of the Chester Ingersoll Residence, home to early Plainfield leader Chester Ingersoll, on Commercial Street just west of Division Street.
Ron Jidzny May 28, 2014 at 04:17 PM
I'd recognize the Plainfield Village Board including the Mayor if they bulldozed this building.
Leif Hendricksen May 29, 2014 at 08:15 AM
I don't agree with Ron, however the fact that he left his comment using what I assume is his real name, his comment will be read and respected... Thanks Ron.

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