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Lebanon Planning & Development

Posted on: May 22, 2019

Dana House Tour, Restoration Plan, and Maple Street History

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Special Heritage Event

Did you know that Seminary Hill in West Lebanon hosts the oldest existing building in the City, the Dana House, and that tree-lined Maple Street is the backbone of a historic mill and rail worker neighborhood? 

These elements of West Lebanon, both our community’s settlement history as well as its relatively recent development character, will be brought to light as part of a special heritage event on June 12th at the Dana House and Kilton Library. 

Date: June 12, 2019
Cost: Free
RSVP: Come for all of the presentations, or as you can. Please note that there is limited seating at the Library, so RSVPs to attend are encouraged. RSVP online.

Schedule 

Dana House Tour

Location: 3 Elm Street W, West Lebanon. Attendees are asked to meet on-site. See Parking information below.
Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Details: The Lebanon Heritage Commission will host a Tour of the Dana House interior to see what historical elements remain and to help inform conversation later in the evening about visions for the building’s future reuse. The Dana House, built in 1765, is in the process of being restored for use as an educational facility and meeting place for the community, with support from studies, funds and volunteer work provided by members of the Commission as well as the Lebanon Historical Society since the City bought, rescued and relocated the building in 1987-1988.

Discussion: Maple Street Neighborhood: History and Context

Location: Kilton Public Library Community Room, 80 Main Street, West Lebanon. See Parking information below.
Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 6 PM to 7 PM
Details: Lyssa Papazian, a local Historic Preservation Consultant, will present a new study, “
Maple Street Neighborhood: History and Context”, that was commissioned by Twin Pines Housing in order to document maps and images, notable architectural styles, transformations of use, and occupant identities and stories from days of yore. Lyssa also authored the 2016 Citywide Historic Resources Survey of Lebanon and will encourage participants to consider potential locations and attributes of new historic districts in West Lebanon between Crafts Ave, Eastabrook, Maple Street, and Seminary Hill—the latter which would feature the Dana House as its keystone.

Review: Dana House Restoration Plans 

Location: Kilton Public Library Community Room, 80 Main Street, West Lebanon. See Parking information below.
Date: June 12, 2019
Time: 7 PM to 8 PM
Details: Presentation on “
Dana House Restoration Plans” by members of the City’s Heritage Commission, including Chairperson Robert Welsch, and volunteers from the Dana House working group. Attendees will be engaged with a display of artifacts from the Dana House and related eras, a review of key findings and recommendations from multiple studies about the Dana House’s past and future, and summary of restoration priorities from a draft Action Plan. Since the Dana House is envisioned as a public resource, the City wants to learn more about your interests and looks forward to tapping into community ideas and feedback through the discussion and a sampling of participants for brief interviews.

Additional Information

Parking: Vehicle parking is limited at the Dana House, and attendees are recommended to park at the old school (SAU88) lot next door, on Elm Street W, or at Kilton Library (for those who are able to walk between venues).

Additional information: There will be an intermission with light refreshments between the presentations, sponsored by Twin Pines Housing and the City of Lebanon Heritage Commission. Dana House is not currently ADA accessible, so please contact the City if you have related needs. The Kilton Library Community Room is fully accessible.  

Contact: Rebecca Owens at Rebecca.Owens@lebanonnh.gov

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