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Five Hastings homes receive Heritage Preservation Awards

Each year, the Hastings Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) selects a handful of homeowners who make the effort to keep their historic homes either well maintained or restored in accordance with the city’s heritage preservation guidelines. Those homeowners are presented with awards recognizing that effort.

The 2016 Heritage Preservation Awards were presented at the May 16 Hastings City Council meeting. This year, five properties were recognized. Comments on each property from the HPC members are reprinted below:

721 W. Sixth St.

The home at 721 W. Sixth St. is owned by Randall and Ann Patzke.

This lovely four square home was built in 1930. Its well-maintained wood lap siding is a testament to how, with care and attention, it is possible to keep wood siding in good repair and looking lovely through the years. This home features a distinctive hip roof with a dormer window centered above the front entry, windows with three-over-one lights and a backyard pergola. The property can also claim some cinematic notoriety as it was featured in the 1990 TV film “Hometown Boy Does Good” starring Anthony Edwards.

726 W. Sixth St.

The home at 726 W. Sixth St. is owned by Barbara Spurlin.

Built in the 1920s, this four square home features stucco siding, with a brick trim base, a beautiful enclosed front porch, hip roof, windows with three-over-one lights, and sidelights flanking the front entry. This home has been very well maintained and cared for over the decades and is another fine example of how conscientious maintenance and care can keep a nearly century-old property looking grand. It is clear that this homeowner takes great pride their lovely home.

310 W. 10th St.

The home at 310 W. 10th St. is owned by Deborah and Allen Saunders.

This sprawling mid-century home built in 1951 sits prominently atop a small hill overlooking Roadside Park, tennis courts and the football field. The home features a tuck-under garage, hip roof, wood siding and has more recently undergone roof repair, a paint uplift and landscaping work in response to storm damage. This home has wonderful curb appeal and is very visible in the community.

513 Vermillion St.

The home at 513 Vermillion St. is owned by Cary Cardinal.

Protecting historic homes that may be at risk is an important element of the HPC’s mission. Historic properties are often most at risk when there is a change of ownership, particularly when a significant amount of repair or restoration work is needed.

We are very pleased to give an award to Cary, the new owner of 513 Vermillion. This vernacular two-story home built in 1880 features a nice open porch with swing, new paint and new windows. This home was a duplex that had twice been gutted with remodeling projects started but never completed until Cary purchased the home. Extensive work went into restoring this home both inside and out and this homeowner was very diligent in partnering with the HPC on any exterior improvements to complete the project.

223 E. 15th St.

The home at 223 E. 15th St. is owned by Jeff and Amy Deaver.

This vibrantly painted Queen Anne home features an elaborately pitched gable roof, symmetrical facade and an east wing. It is estimated the home was re-worked around the turn of century to include some classical column work and turned balusters on its wrap-around porch. The home was built between 1880 and 1890 but does not appear on maps dating 1896 – this is indicative that the home may have been moved from another location.