RED BANK: PRESERVATION EFFORTS LAUDED

65 wallace 091515The home of Paul and Nancy Cagno, at the corner of Wallace and Mount streets, above, and the circa 1903 mansion that’s now the office of Smallwood Wealth Management, at 199 Broad Street, below, were among the four structures cited. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

199 broad 091515Three Broad Street buildings and a home in the historic district won kudos from the Red Bank Historic Preservation Commission at a ceremony Tuesday night.

Kicking off what members hope to become an annual series, the commission honored property owners in four categories for “adding to the value of Red Bank by adding to the character” of the town, in the words of Chairwoman Michaela Ferrigine.

Awards for “outstanding” restorations went to:

• Paul and Nancy Cagno, owners since 2008 of the house at 65 Wallace Street. Ferrigine said the Cagnos had intended to replace the original windows with vinyl windows and make other changes using contemporary materials. But after attending an HPC meeting on the then-still-pending ordinance creating a historic district in their neighborhood, the Cagnos decided to “do it the right way” and restore as much as they could, Ferrigine said.

“They really listened,” and restored the original clapboard instead of covering it with vinyl siding, she said, citing one example.

• The Woman’s Club of Red Bank, located in the circa 1860 Anthony Reckless mansion at 164 Broad.

Urban Outfitters, at 2-8 Broad, a commercial building erected in 1885.

• Smallwood Wealth Management, at 199 Broad, which hosted Tuesday night’s event. If you missed redbankgreen’s detailed story on this project, here it is again.

Ferrigine said the commission hopes to utilize the borough website in future years to enable residents and others to nominate properties for the annual awards, with the winners chosen by a subcommittee. The categories are residential, professional office, commercial and civic properties.

Smallwood Wealth Management will host an open house for locals wishing to get a look at the work on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.