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News Eagle - Hawley, PA
  • Noted Architectural Historian deems annex plan “Destructive” 

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  •  MILFORD - The Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County has received a detailed analysis of the impact of the Pike County Commissioners’ proposed Court House Annex on Milford’s National Historic District.  
         Noted Pennsylvania architectural historian George E. Thomas provided a point-by-point review of the proposal and found it to be in violation of the U.S. Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Historic Preservation, the Milford Borough Ordinance, and the Milford ARB Design Guide for Historic Preservation.  Dr. Thomas is co-director of the Critical Conservation Program at Harvard University and is recognized as the leading expert on eastern Pennsylvania historic architecture.
         Historic Preservation Trust Board President Ed Brannon stated, “ Dr. Thomas’s letter reinforces the opinion of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.”  He went on to say, “His findings makes it clear that this proposal does not meet the requirements of the federal, state or municipal standards and statutes, and must be rejected.”
          
Brannon further noted that so far all the experts in historic preservation who have commented on the plan (other than one compensated by the Commissioners) have been unanimous in their condemnation of it.  “Other than the county’s hired gun, there is no one who is credentialed and a recognized expert in historic preservation who has had anything but harsh criticism for the plan, noting how destructive it would be to Milford’s National Historic District.”
         “The public is demanding the Commissioners find an alternative that does not destroy the Milford National Historic District,” said past President Tom Hoff of Milford.   “Thousands of citizens in the county have worked for decades and invested so much to preserve our legacy.  They deserve to be heard and Thomas’s findings makes that abundantly clear.”
          Dr. Thomas’s detailed analysis was to be submitted to the Milford Architectural Review Board prior to their next meeting on August 25, 2014 and is available to the public upon request.

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