Commission awards those who preserve history |

Commission awards those who preserve history

Terri Harber
Appeal Staff Writer
Chad Lundquist/Nevada Appeal Carson City's Historic Resources Commission Chairman Michael Drews stands at the Craftsman-style cottage owned by Karen Pecorilla. She won an award in 2004 for renovations of her historic 1004 W. King St. home.

Members of Carson City’s Historic Resources Commission would like to recognize people or projects that have best reflected the ideals of historic preservation, as part of National Historic Month in May.

Carson residents with nomination suggestions are asked to write down why they believe someone or something deserves recognition and present the ideas for consideration.

The nomination doesn’t have to be for a person or project within the historic district, and there is no need for the nomination to be focused on something completed during the past year.

Sites honored in the recent past include refurbishing of an old factory on West Second Street, a new building created in historic style on West Fifth Street, and the redesign of a 1944 home at 1004 W. King St. to create a Craftsman-style cottage.

“I actually picked up a book at Barnes & Noble years ago about Craftsman-style homes,” said Karen Pecorilla, a 2004 award winner, for her King Street redesign.

Pecorilla said the book was one of the influences on her decision to pick a style that garnered an award from the city in 2004. She is a faux finisher with a background in design.

She also loved an old shed in the back of the house that was covered with shake-style shingles. The little structure didn’t survive, but proved influential, Pecorilla said.

She describes the style as Nantucket-style Craftsman, which is a little softer looking than the typical Craftsman and “a little more feminine.”

Carson City, she said, wasn’t a center for Craftsman designs that were prevalent during the 1910s and 1920s. There are instead many Victorians and many modern homes – designs from eras before and after.

“The award is to benefit Carson City,” she also said. “They want to bring nice things into Carson.”

Though the national organization has a theme for this year’s events, “Sustain America – Vision, Economics, and Preservation,” there is no need for local nominees to conform to this theme, said Jennifer Pruitt, a senior planner with Carson City’s Development Services Department.

“It just has to be local,” Pruitt emphasized.

The written explanations can be mailed or dropped off at the city’s Planning Division, 2621 Northgate Lane, Suite 62, Carson City, NV 89706.

All suggestions should be at the Northgate office by April 30.

The Historic Resources Commission will discuss the merits of the nominees during its May 11 meeting. The award will be presented by the Board of Supervisors on May 18.

For details, call Pruitt at 887-2188, ext. 1007.

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