The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) kicks off its 2019 Speaker Series with a presentation by local architect Greg Blasi on valuable design and construction tips for homeowners on Thursday, February 21, at 7:00 pm in the Westfield Municipal Building’s Community Room, 425 East Broad Street.  Residents who are considering an addition or renovation project or are interested in the architectural process are encouraged to attend.

A practicing architect for over 20 years, Mr. Blasi will review the standard process a homeowner should take when considering building an addition or new residence. He will provide valuable insights for owners of both older and newer homes, including the distinct roles of the architect and builder, how they interact with the town, and what to expect in terms of a timeline.  A question and answer period will follow.

Known for his popular walking tours of Westfield’s historic neighborhoods, Mr. Blasi will also present a virtual tour of Boulevard, one of Westfield’s most prominent historic streets.  The houses on this street span several decades, from the Victorian era to the early part of the last century.

Established by municipal ordinance, Westfield’s Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) is charged with preserving historical sites and structures while fostering an appreciation for these landmarks as an essential element of the town’s unique character. The commission members will host a brief “meet and greet” before the presentation.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, please visit westfieldnj.gov/historic preservation or email HPC@westfieldnj.gov