July 2, 2022

Best Historical Building in Essex – Voting Closes Thursday 31 May

First Preservation award winner, the Ivoryton Library

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite – best preserved or well restored building – commercial or residential.  You may vote at any of the 3 post offices in town.  You must vote before Thursday May 31st.  Last year the award went to the Ivoryton Library.

The Essex Historical Society is sponsoring a town wide referendum to determine what local residents consider to be the best preserved, historical building in town.  Voting for a favorite choice will be take place during the month of May, during which time ballot boxes will be made available at the town’s three post offices in Essex, Centerbrook and Ivoryton for the voting.

The historical building that receives the highest number of votes will receive the Essex Historical Society’s second annual Preservation Award, as well as an accompanying certificate.

Last year’s winning historical building, which received the first annual Preservation Award from the Essex Historical Society was the historic building of the Ivoryton Library, located at 106 Main Street in Ivoryton. The certificate for last year’s award hangs above the fireplace inside the library building.

Eligibility requirements for the Preservation Award   

Either residential or commercial buildings are eligible to receive the Preservation Award.  However, to qualify the building must have been built in 1936, or earlier, and if the structure has been renovated in any manner during its existence, the renovations must have preserved the original style and form of the building, as well be in the style of the time period during which the building was built.

This year’s Preservation Award winner will also be honored at the Essex Historical Society’s Annual Spring Strawberry Social, which will be held on the grounds of the Pratt House on June 25th. The Pratt house is the headquarters of the Essex Historical Society, and it is located at 19  West Avenue in downtown Essex.