The Westfield Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) invites the public to a “Meet & Greet” with commission members and a presentation by local architect Greg Blasi on Monday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Westfield Municipal Building’s Council Chambers, 425 East Broad Street. The Commission will also introduce its new plaque design for historically designated properties, the first time the HPC has created a consistent identification program for historical properties.
During the Meet & Greet, the Commission will introduce its current members and discuss its mission and objectives, as well as address common misconceptions about historic designation. The Commission will then present plaques to current owners of the town’s historic landmarks. Made of heavy bronze and prominently displaying the structure’s date, the plaques will be given to the residents of the Kimball Avenue Historic District as well as the owners of other historic properties.
“This has become an annual tradition where we invite the public to get to know the current members of the Commission,” said Maria Boyes, HPC Chair. “And this year, we’re extremely excited and grateful to the town administrators for providing the funds that allowed us to create this long overdue plaque program for our designated properties.”
Following the meeting, Greg Blasi, of Vincentsen Blasi Architecture, will conduct a virtual walking tour of Stoneleigh Park, one of Westfield’s earliest and most picturesque housing developments. Known for his popular walking tours of Westfield’s most prominent historic streets, Mr. Blasi will discuss the distinctive architectural styles that form this historic neighborhood, which is listed on both the state and national registers of historic places.
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. For more information, visit westfieldnj.gov/historicpreservation or email HPC@westfieldnj.gov.