Photos by Patrick Hirschler-Marchand, who lives in the neighborhood with the buildings pictured here.
This year's Annual Town Meeting will have six warrant articles pertaining to historic preservation efforts in the Church Street area. Included is an article to approve to create West Concord's first Local Historic District. It will take a two-thirds vote of Town Meeting to establish a new Historic District, so if its passage is important to you, come...and bring your friends and neighbors, too! (See Town Meeting info here.)
The spark that ignited this effort was the closing -- and impending sale -- of Our Lady Help of Christians Church. Included in the proposed district are two other institutional buildings: The Fowler Library and the Harvey Wheeler School/Community Center. All three are architecturally distinctive, finely built and beautifully preserved structures. Each has important ties to the West Concord's vibrant history and residential, social, and commercial life.
The Concord Magazine feels this effort to recognize and preserve West Concord's historic treasures through a Local Historic District is very exciting -- and long overdue. We encourage you to come to Town Meeting, hear the issues and vote!
Help This Effort: Make a Contribution to "Historic Concord"|
The cost of the historic research to create this district has been carried by a few residents who wanted to see it become a reality. To help defray their costs, the non-profit organization "Historic Concord" has agreed to reimburse their expenses. You can help by making a tax-deductible contribution to Historic Concord. Please send your check to PO Box 235, Concord, MA 01742.
(For more about West Concord, please see our special West Concord section in the Spring, 2002 issue of the Concord Magazine.)
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