Holyoke Historical Commission

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The Holyoke Historical Commission is a seven-member board established on November 20, 1972 by a vote of the Holyoke Board of Alderman/City Council. The Commission's most important goal is the preservation of Holyoke's historic places. The purpose of the Holyoke Historical Commission is to work toward this goal by planning for and implementing programs for the identification, evaluation and protection of its community's historic resources.

05/03/2017

The Historical Commission and Community Development Dept. are looking for descendants of three Metal of Honor recipients:

1. Lt. Raymond Ovila Beaudoin killed in action in World War II at the age of 26. He was born in Holyoke in 1918 and lived on South Summer St.
2. His neighbor and Metal of Honor recipient, Sgt. Joseph Muller who also lived on South Summer St. was killed in action in World War II.
3. Earlier during World War I, Chief Boatswain's Mate John MacKenzie received the Metal of Honor.

There is a possible monument in the works for them.
Do you know of any living relatives, cousins, extended family please forward the information to [email protected]
for the Historical Commission.
thanks

PlaceEconomics
04/25/2017
PlaceEconomics

PlaceEconomics

Story from Pakistan, written by economist and former central banker. "[Heritage conservation] is not only important for preserving its historical significance, but also for its potential to increase employment opportunities, city liveability and competitiveness. All these contribute towards eradicating poverty and ensuring shared prosperity."

Victorian Homes Magazine
04/03/2017
Victorian Homes Magazine

Victorian Homes Magazine

Thinking of renovating or restoring your Victorian home? Victoriana has a compilation of tips and tricks that will help get you started. If you're looking for the perfect antique wallpaper, lighting, or furniture, there is plenty to explore.

PlaceEconomics
03/22/2017
PlaceEconomics

PlaceEconomics

Yes! Including numerous quotations from our friend Mindy Crawford of the statewide advocacy group, Preservation Pennsylvania.

PlaceEconomics
03/22/2017
PlaceEconomics

PlaceEconomics

Not an uncommon story -- tearing down a historic house for a gas station and convenience store. But here's the bonus absurdity on this one. David Ames now of Louisville, but for years the director of the Historic Preservation program at the University of Delaware concludes, ""this property is architecturally significant....It is also significant because it anchors the east end of a completely intact 1890s block face of other outstanding Victorian houses finished in different architectural styles."

On the other side zoning lawyer Glenn Price Jr., "doesn't believe that the house meets the criteria to be granted landmarks status."

Let me see, which of the above would actually know what the hell they are talking about?

03/20/2017

Lt. Raymond Beaudoin
Chief Boatswain's mate John MacKenzie
Sgt. Joseph E. Muller
Holyoke's Medal of Honor Men and the following locations honor their service and their names:
Beaudoin Village
MacKenzie Field and the
Muller Bridge
A special Monument in Veterans Plaza is in the works for these men. The Historical Commission is looking for descendants of these men. If you know of any living descendants, please contact the Historical Commission at 413-322-5634.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
03/20/2017
National Trust for Historic Preservation

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Happily, there seems to be a movement toward building reuse across the country. In recent years, several cities have either adopted or considered adopting new tools that require or incentivize it. For example, Los Angeles, Long Beach, and Santa Ana in California have all adopted adaptive reuse ordinances, as have Phoenix and Saint Petersburg.

03/12/2017
Holyoke Historical Commission

Holyoke Historical Commission

Calling a few hardy souls to walk in the parade on Sunday- 3 miles...
theme World War 1 (1914-18) We need a few soldiers and nurses message me if you are interested thanks

03/12/2017

Calling a few hardy souls to walk in the parade on Sunday- 3 miles...
theme World War 1 (1914-18) We need a few soldiers and nurses message me if you are interested thanks

03/11/2017
Holyoke Historical Commission

Holyoke Historical Commission

Public hearing to be rescheduled

Due to a posting error, the public hearing scheduled for Monday, 3/13/17, to discuss demolition permits for 94 Ely St (Immaculate Conception Social Hall) and 71 Maple Street (the former Mater Dolorosa Church) will be continued on a future date to be set that evening. No public comment can be allowed on Monday evening.

Please call Debbie Oppermann at the Office of Planning & Economic Development with any questions at 322-5655. Thank you.

03/10/2017

Public hearing to be rescheduled

Due to a posting error, the public hearing scheduled for Monday, 3/13/17, to discuss demolition permits for 94 Ely St (Immaculate Conception Social Hall) and 71 Maple Street (the former Mater Dolorosa Church) will be continued on a future date to be set that evening. No public comment can be allowed on Monday evening.

Please call Debbie Oppermann at the Office of Planning & Economic Development with any questions at 322-5655. Thank you.

03/09/2017
Holyoke Historical Commission

Holyoke Historical Commission

Public Safety this evening CC Chambers-Item 7: Sullivan 2/7/17: Order: the Board of Health take immediate enforcement action against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield to clean and prevent further accumulation of avian fecal matter in the Mater Dolorosa Church. This material is a serious respiratory threat and breeding ground for maggots and other fungus.



Item 8: Sullivan 2/7/17: Order: That the Board of Health or Building Inspector take immediate enforcement action against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield to take the necessary measures to prevent the growth of white mold in the Mater Dolorosa Church. This fungus is not only a serious respiratory threat but it also accelerates the deterioration of valuable historic artifacts.



Item 9: Sullivan 2/7/17: Order: That Mark E. Dupont and Russell A. Sprague of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, and their agent Barry Engineers, be invited to answer questions of public safety surrounding the Mater Dolorosa Church and Rectory.



Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen
The listing of matters are those reasonable anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law

03/09/2017

Public Safety this evening CC Chambers-Item 7: Sullivan 2/7/17: Order: the Board of Health take immediate enforcement action against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield to clean and prevent further accumulation of avian fecal matter in the Mater Dolorosa Church. This material is a serious respiratory threat and breeding ground for maggots and other fungus.



Item 8: Sullivan 2/7/17: Order: That the Board of Health or Building Inspector take immediate enforcement action against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield to take the necessary measures to prevent the growth of white mold in the Mater Dolorosa Church. This fungus is not only a serious respiratory threat but it also accelerates the deterioration of valuable historic artifacts.



Item 9: Sullivan 2/7/17: Order: That Mark E. Dupont and Russell A. Sprague of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield, and their agent Barry Engineers, be invited to answer questions of public safety surrounding the Mater Dolorosa Church and Rectory.



Administrative Assistant: Ryan M. Allen
The listing of matters are those reasonable anticipated by the chair which may be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law

03/02/2017

Save the date for Cemetery workshop
June 15 and 16th
more information to follow

02/28/2017

Save the Date: Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Regional meeting
Open Meeting workshop given by the Attorney Generals office
Holyoke Senior Center
6:00

02/21/2017

Ingleside School- Dec. 13, 1901

02/17/2017

Save the Date: Tuesday, March 7th ~ 6:30 & 7:00
Senior Center, Holyoke
Demo hearings for
94 Ely St. ( Immaculate Conception social hall)
71 Maple St. (Mater Dolorosa Church)

01/14/2017

Remember this?

01/07/2017

Holyoke Historical Commission meeting- Monday, Jan 9, 2017
Open to the public
City Hall Annex, 4th floor conference room 6:30
Agenda:

1) Call to order

2) Review of 12-12-16 minutes

3) Preservation Plan Update

4) Preservation Projects Fund – Stained Glass/

Friends of City Hall updates

5) 73 Taylor Street update

6) Canal Tour review

7) City Hall Tour w/ Holyoke History Class

8) Nolumbeka Project – Tribes & Historical Commissions

9) New Business

10) Next Meeting – February 13, 2016

The agenda items listed above are those business matters anticipated by the Commission Chairperson to be discussed at the meeting. Not all items listed may in fact be discussed and other items not listed may also be brought up for discussion to the extent permitted by law.

Questions? Contact Debbie Oppermann, Office of Planning & Development at 413-322-5655

12/18/2016

National Trust for Historic Preservation- NTHP.org

The City of Holyoke was awarded a Survey and Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to complete thi...
12/17/2016
Holyoke Historic Preservation Plan

The City of Holyoke was awarded a Survey and Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to complete this update of the 1991 Preservation Plan. The draft document is available for your review and comments. Please make your comments to Debbie Oppermann at 413-322-5655 or email [email protected] by EOD December 19. Download: http://www.holyoke.org/news/featured/holyoke-historic-preservation-plan/

The City of Holyoke was awarded a Survey and Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to complete this update of the 1991 Preservation Plan. Matching funds for the project were provided...

12/17/2016

Canal Tour will take place Sunday, Dec. 18th from 10:30am - 1pm
Snow and poor visibility are the reason for the change. See you Sunday. Please call 413-237-1950 with any questions

12/15/2016

View the Holyoke Preservation Plan: http://www.holyoke.org/news/featured/holyoke-historic-preservation-plan/

The City of Holyoke was awarded a Survey and Planning Grant from the Massachusetts Historical Commission to complete this update of the 1991 Preservation Plan. Matching funds for the project were provided by the Holyoke Office for Community Development through the Community Development Block Grant program. The Office of Planning and Economic Development and the Office of Community Development were jointly responsible for overseeing this project. The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission was retained to complete the report.

Comments are welcome until the December 19 deadline. Thank you!

Address

Holyoke City Hall Annex 20 Korean Veterans Plaza
Holyoke, MA
01040

General information

The Holyoke Historical Commission works in cooperation with other municipal agencies to insure that the goals of historic preservation are considered in planning for future development of the community. The Commission also coordinates with other local groups whose interests involve history or historic preservation; The Commission also serves as the liaison between these groups on matters pertaining to historic preservation programs; and is mandated to be the local municipal "watchdog" for state and federal preservation agencies, alerting them to local preservation issues.

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