TWO NORWICH PRESERVATION EFFORTS WIN PRAISE

The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation recognized the "outstanding" preservation projects at Norwich's Cathedral of St. Patrick and Town Hall, two of nine that received preservation awards at an annual event Wednesday.

"Thank you to the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing the majesty and unique nature of these Norwich treasures, and thank you to the grant teams and construction crews that helped make these preservation projects possible," said state Rep. Emmett Riley, D-Norwich.

The 1879 Cathedral of St. Patrick was restored in the manner of the original cathedral and "is a testament of the power of art to complete an architectural design," the trust said in a news release.

"Canning Studios' expertise in 19th century decorative principles has made possible the seamless reintegration of art and historic architecture to reflect the intentions of the original designer while serving the present day needs of the Diocese and local church members who made the work possible," the trust said.

Norwich's Town Hall was recognized for restoration of its cast-iron stairs.

By 2011 the ironwork had deteriorated. But a grant from the State Historic Restoration Fund helped the city restore it.

"This project is important for its focus is on a contributing element of an historic building that is often overlooked, historic metals," the trust said. "It demonstrates that careful attention to details can make a real difference."

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