Sunday, February 25, 2024


HPC Presents Preservation Awards


By Jack Fichter

CAPE MAY — The city’s Historic Preservation Commission presented its 2009 Historic Preservation Awards Monday to three homes and one business.
Presenters were Mayor Edward J. Mahaney Jr. and HPC Chairperson Maryann Gaffney.
Mahaney said the awards represent the highest and finest in terms of individuals and corporations working to improve properties and do it in such a way that it augments and compliments Cape May’s National Historic Landmark status while still having the buildings very functional and useful.
He said the award winners have set a standard and an example for the rest of the city’s residents to follow.
The residence of Robert and Suzanne Ippolito, 1253 Washington St, won an award for rehabilitation and restoration of an existing property. The design was by Architectural Concepts and the general contractor was George Rohana of Rohana Builders Inc.
Mahaney said the property had been an eyesore for a number of years and was visible to those arriving in the city. He said the Ippolitos put forth a tremendous effort to make the house a “showcase.”
The residence of Ronnie and Barry Cohen, 1009 Michigan Avenue, won an award for rehabilitation and restoration of an existing property. Plans were by Asher Associates Architects, LLC. The builder was WKR Construction Company, Inc.
The home of Earle and Barbara Hughes, 15 Stockton Place, won an award for new construction of a single family home. The architect was Joseph Ross. General contractor was MAW Builders Inc.
Cape May Fish Market, 408 Washington Street Mall, won a preservation award for commercial rehabilitation and restoration. General Contractor was Daniel F. Keenan. Mahaney said the project probably took twice as long and cost twice the original estimate when owner Michael Slawek discovered the entire building needed to be shored up rather than requiring just cosmetic repairs.
HPC is comprised of Gaffney, Corbin Cogswell–Vice Chairperson and members Tom Carroll, Warren Coupland, David Clemans, Andrew Fontaine and Chip Masemore.

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