The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission will hold its annual Devlin Awards ceremony on Thursday, June 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building, 425 E. Broad Street. The public is invited to attend the ceremony and reception honoring this year’s recipients for their efforts toward historic preservation.

The winners of the 2019 Devlin Awards include private residences varying in style from Colonial to Tudor to Victorian, as well as public and commercial properties. The Brass Shop will receive a Special Recognition Award in honor of their work refurbishing the lighting and hardware for many of Westfield’s historic properties.

This year’s ceremony will also honor the recipient of the student art and writing contest. Shirzad Mustafa, a 9th-grade student at Westfield High School, will read his winning poem, “Walk Down Boulevard.”  

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The Devlin Awards program was established in 1992 to honor outstanding efforts in the restoration, expansion, and maintenance of older properties. The awards are made from community nominations by a panel of judges with expertise in history and architecture. The program is named for Harry Devlin, one of the founding judges and a prominent local artist, author, and architectural historian.   

Established by municipal ordinance, Westfield’s Historic Preservation Commission 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.  For more information, on the awards program or seeking historic designation of a property, please visit www.westfieldnj.gov/historicpreservation or email hpc@westfieldnj.gov.