From the Preservation Plaque Coordinator

From the Preservation Plaque Coordinator

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I have a long history of loving, admiring and enjoying the old houses and buildings of Block Island. I am lucky that I happen to own an 1879 charmer. I know that throngs of people come to Block Island for the ocean vistas, the beaches and the miles of trails. For me, my first love is the historic architecture on the island. To arrive by boat and take in that long row of historic buildings that comprises our “downtown” is truly something to behold.

Scenic Block Island has been deeply moved by the loss of historic homes around the island due to neglect or demolition. We don’t want to lose another home to a bulldozer. Thankfully, SBI has taken on a two-fold project; to honor historic buildings by placing historic plaques on them. In addition, we plan to educate and share ways of caring for older buildings by providing helpful and cost saving information on our website.

Cindy Lasser
Preservation Plaque Project, coordinator

2 Responses

  1. Peter and Sandra Greenman
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    Cindy. In addition to other things, you are a fantastic writer. Peter

  2. Robert P Newhouse MD
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    Dear Cindy,
    I’m so glad and grateful that you are so involved with Historic Preservation.
    Our family home on Spring Street [ Fire # 71 ] dates back to 1924, and was build by the Cyr family, recycling a lot of lumber that others had cast aside.. The Wainscoting was rescued from a shipwreck. The Cyr family had emigrated from Canada, but since they were of the Catholic faith, they were initially ostracized by Islanders. Therefore the first Catholic services were held in our little home.
    We would be highly honored if we would receive a historic marker.

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