County Historic Commission to recognize important buildings

FREEHOLD, NJ – The Monmouth County Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its annual preservation awards program that recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of residents in preserving local buildings and other structures that have historic value. The deadline is April 1, 2011.

Anyone, including a property owner, may nominate a structure that has historic value and has undergone preservation work that was substantially completed in 2010. Homes, business buildings, houses of worship, public buildings and other structures that are more than 50 years old are eligible for the award. Complete entry information, including an application, is available on the Monmouth County Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com.

“Residents and business people who do the work to preserve local structures and buildings deserve public praise and recognition,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county’s Historical Commission. “The Historical Commission has a tradition of finding some historic gems in the community and acknowledging the people who make sure that we continue to remember our past.”

“The commission accepts nominations for a variety of building types, but hopes to receive nominations from private homeowners,” Randall Gabrielan, director of the county historical Commission said. “Homeowners exert so much care and effort in their restoration projects that deserve acknowledgment.”

The nomination process is simple and entails the completion of a one-page application that can be downloaded from the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com or by calling 732-431-7413. Completed applications should be mailed to Monmouth County Historical Commission, Hall of Records Annex, 2nd floor, Freehold, NJ 07728 by April 1, 2011.