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Deadline nears for N.H. preservation nominations

New Hampshire’s Preservation Alliance is seeking nominations of historic landmarks in need of rescue and repair for its annual “Seven to Save” distinctions.

The deadline for nominations is Sept. 16.

The alliance turns the spotlight on the seven chosen projects and seeks sponsors to help salvage them.

The nominated building or landmark must be more than 50 years old and be significant to the state’s history.

Last year a mill, a meetinghouse and the state’s only reinforced concrete arch bridge topped the Preservation Alliance’s list of seven structures to save.

This year’s Seven to Save will be announced at the alliance’s annual meeting Oct. 22.

Now in its eighth year, officials said half of the previous “Seven to Save” have been saved and others are making significant progress toward restoration.

Structures that make the Seven to Save list are selected based on their historic significance, the degree to which they are threatened and the potential that making the list could dramatically alter their fates.

“Investment in these properties provides opportunities for new uses, economic development and environmentally sustainable construction,” said Jennifer Goodman, director of the Preservation Alliance. “Our goals include increasing local capacity for saving historic landmarks and engaging more people in the worthwhile activities of the preservation movement – activities that have broad public benefit for the health and appearance of our communities.”

Structures that have made the list in the past include truss and stone-arched bridges, inns, churches, meetinghouses, schools and three of the state’s grand hotels – the Balsams, the Mount Washington and Bretton Woods.

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