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PHW Announces a Photo Contest to Celebrate National Preservation Month

Last year for National Preservation Month, Preservation of Historic Winchester (PHW) and the Old Town Development Board (OTDB) sponsored an architectural treasure hunt challenging you to find interesting architectural features in our historic district. This year, it’s your turn to wow us with your architectural finds and maybe win a little something, too!

Below are the core rules:

How to Play
1. Take a picture of an interesting architectural detail in your home or visible from a public right of way in Winchester or Frederick County. Anything is fair game — a mantel, staircase, lock set, a window, trim, or something else.
2. Give your photo a brief caption to describe what you found and where it is. No technical terminology required!
3. Fill out the contact information (name, address, telephone number, and optionally e-mail) and include it with your entry.
4. Send your complete entry (photo, caption, and contact information) to PHW at phwi@verizon.net or 530 Amherst St. Winchester, VA 22601.
5. The contest runs from May 1 to June 1, 2012.

How to Win
1. Every person who submits a photo with complete information will be entered into a random drawing for a chance at one of four prize bags from downtown Winchester businesses. (More prizes may be available.)
2. A panel of PHW judges will also pick a “PHW’s Choice” winner for an outstanding and eye-catching submission.
3. You may submit an unlimited number of entries, but your name will be entered just once for the random drawing.
4. Winners will be announced at the PHW Annual Meeting on June 10, 2012.

Legal information
1. This contest is open to the general public and all age categories. Minors, please have an adult help you with your submission!
2. PHW and OTDB employees, board members, and their immediate families are excluded from the prize drawings.
3. By submitting a complete entry to the contest, you consent to the use of your name and/or photograph in any educational materials, merchandise or publicity carried out or produced by PHW or OTDB without further notice or compensation. In turn, you still retain the rights to use and publish your photograph.

For any questions, please contact us at PHW, (540) 667-3577 or phwi@verizon.net. And remember: have fun!

Get Your Cameras Ready

PHW is putting the polishing touches on a National Preservation Month activity that will run from May 1 to June 1, 2012. You’ll need your camera and some ingenuity to participate this year.

Keep an eye out for the contest rules at the PHW blog and website, as well as our May edition of the PHW printed newsletter. We think you’re going to like it!

PHW’s 47th Annual Meeting

As we near the end of May – and with it National Preservation Month – PHW is closing out the month with a culmination in fun activities related to historic preservation.

First, have you completed your Architectural Treasure Hunt? You have until Friday, June 3 at 5 PM to drop your forms at PHW, either by email, snail-mail, or in person. Click here for the contest form (pdf). Reports from contest entrants are that you should allow yourself about three hours to stroll downtown looking at the buildings – and it’s fun!

Then, on June 5 at 3 PM is the Annual Business Meeting at the Hexagon House. PHW will be electing seven new board members, reviewing the past year, and presenting our yearly preservation awards. We are planning to hold the business meeting on the back lawn, so dress for the weather. (In case of rain, we will move indoors.)

Following the business portion of the meeting, you have two options for further entertainment. The outdoor option is the Italianate walking tour of Winchester, which will be previewed for the first time. At approximately 4 PM, tour groups will depart from the Hexagon House. Tour time is expected to last from one to one and a half hours and is approximately one mile in length. The suggested donation for the tour is $5 per person. It is open to the public. Click here for the walking tour post.

Indoors at the Hexagon House, PHW will host a light reception. For those unable to attend the full walking tour, there will be a display of the Winchester Italianate architecture on the walking tour. Look for the lime green papers around the Hexagon House for a self-guided tour of the building while you socialize indoors.

Get Ready to Celebrate

While we are preparing for Apple Blossom in Winchester this weekend, the celebration of our traditions and town won’t end there. National Preservation Month is coming in May under the theme “Celebrating America’s Treasures.” With that in mind, PHW has teamed up with the Old Town Development Board to host an architectural treasure hunt downtown. Look for the official contest form in The Winchester Star every Friday in May, and in May’s edition of Old Town Compass.

Don’t forget about “This Place Matters,” either. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a map for you to add your special place and let the world see. Add yours and read about the other sites already posted here.

Stay tuned for more preservation-related activities coming in May, culminating with PHW’s Annual Meeting on June 5.

Two Properties Named to State Endangered List

Vic Bradshaw covered the news of the Taylor Hotel and the Aulick house at 414 South Braddock Street being listed in a state-wide list of endangered properties. While  it is not an honor, it is a hope that the  inclusion of the properties will raise awareness of the serious risks of  deferred maintenance.

[Richard] Bell said that while he hopes the exposure of the two properties on the endangered list will prevent other owners from letting structural problems linger, PHW is concerned that one or both buildings could disappear from the local streetscape.

“There is a real risk,” he said, “of losing them forever.”

Click here for the Winchester Star story. (Login required).

Click here for the full list of endangered properties recognized by Preservation Virginia.

This Place Matters Photo Campaign

Last year, the National Trust started a campaign called “This Place Matters.” It is a simple campaign: Take a photo of yourself in front of a place that is significant to you. Share why your place matters – be it a nationally recognizable landmark or your favorite local diner, they are all priceless to you, and we want to hear your story.

This year, Preservation of Historic Winchester is asking you to do the same. Here’s how you can share your significant place with us:
Continue reading This Place Matters Photo Campaign

National Preservation Month Proclamation

Mayor Minor proclaimed May to be National Preservation Month and presented PHW a plaque to that effect. Franklin Wright, PHW’s president, was on hand to present her in turn with a copy of “Winchester: Limestone, Sycamores and Architecture” in appreciation for her support of preservation efforts.

Last night also saw Sandra Bosley thanked before the Frederick County Board of Supervisors for her help on behalf of PHW with a student project concerning the Old Jail at 317 S. Cameron Street. The presentation was part of the Government Services Learning project of four Sherando High School students who successfully researched and applied for a Winchester Historic Plaque.

National Preservation Month Is Coming!

As many of you are aware, May is National Preservation Month. PHW has lined up several excellent events to celebrate in 2009, including a Winchester Underground tour of the Lovett Building on May 9, a special edition of the newsletter, and a photo campaign to tie into the National Trust’s theme “This Place Matters.” More information on these events will be posted soon.

Since the photo campaign requires some help from our readers, the instructions are being posted early so you can start thinking about your special places. If you have questions or comments about the “This Place Matters” photo project, don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email for us.