The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission seeks nominees for the Harry Devlin Commendation awards program honoring outstanding efforts in the restoration, expansion, alteration, and maintenance of older properties. Any recent project visible to the public that exhibits established historic preservation standards is eligible.  Residential, commercial, professional and institutional buildings may be considered for the program. Categories include:

  • Addition or alteration sensitive to original architecture;
  • Restoration or repair of original or existing improvement;
  • Period-appropriate painting or residing;
  • Adaptive reuse of a property in a manner sensitive to the original architecture and/or neighborhood;
  • Persons, actions or events which promote preservation may also be considered

The deadline for entries is Monday, April 30, 2018. Criteria and a nomination form can be found on the town website at Homeowners, neighbors, architects and builders may submit nominations. To enter, send a completed nomination form with a photo to or deliver to HPC c/o Town Administrator’s office, 425 E. Broad Street, Westfield NJ by end of day on April 30.   Certificates of Commendation will be presented to the owners of the selected properties at an awards presentation on Thursday, June 14, in the Community Room of the Westfield Municipal Building.

Created to encourage the use of established historic preservation standards when enhancing or expanding local properties, the Devlin Commendation program is named for Harry Devlin, a prominent local artist and architectural historian. This is the 19th year the awards have been given by the Historic Preservation Commission.

For additional information on the awards program or seeking historic designation of a property, please contact