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Charlestown Historical Society

WED NOV 3, 1999 8:00 PM @ PLAYSCHOOL
This is our favorite sort of program - a home-grown one. At the November 1 meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Charlestown Historical Commission will present to the supervisors the Historic Resources Protection ordinance on which they have been working for the last five years. As with any zoning change, that text will be published in the newspapers and a public hearing scheduled. To explain this important local issue to us on November 3rd, we have asked Dale Frens, the Township's official historic architect, to be our guide in understanding the language of the ordinance and its impact on local homeowners. Current CHS members should be the citizen constituency most concerned about preserving the Township's traditional.???ect, and therefore the ideal group to launch public discussion of the topic.
Dale Frens, A.I.A., of the West Chester firm of Frens & Frens, has more than twenty years experience as an architect. With degrees in history and architecture from the Universities of Michigan and Arizona, and a master's in historic preservation from Columbia University, he joined our Village H.A.R.B. (Historic & Architectural Review Board) as the Township's consultant in 1996. He has been a valued voice on the Commission since the consolidation of those two groups in 1997, working with Tom Comitta and other members to polish the text of the ordinance. Commission members Janet Baldwin and Rosemary Philips will join in the discussion after Dale's presentation and the showing of Neila Kun's slides of some of our most important historic structures.
Another bonus to Dale's presence at our meeting will be his initial advice about how CHS can best create a climate-controlled space for Township archives in the Markley Barn - a goal expressed by the creation of the Janet Baldwin Archival Fund announced at our September 18th Patrons Dinner at Tom Fillippo's. You may remember that when we first accepted the Markley bequest in 1995, Frens & Frens were employed by the township to consider the possibility of using the barn as the Township office. Although that option was rejected as too expensive, Dale knows the barn well and can counsel us about how to create a much less elaborate space for preserving Charlestown's paper records and artifacts.
This is indeed a block-buster meeting of CHS for the end of the millenium - presenting plans for preserving both Charlestown's beloved historic physical landscape and the paper records of its past. On Election Day we hope to sign up many new members who on Wednesday will come to learn about the Society's substantial goals for the next century. Please come and make them welcome!

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