STORE HONORED FOR PRESERVATION WORK ⏩
The owners of Plain Goods have won the 2019 Award of Merit from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation for their work in preserving the Pavilion Hall in New Preston.
Michael DePerno and Andrew Fry purchased the historic building last year following delays from town meetings with different proposals and requests for more research. DePerno and Fry at the time said they planned to restore the building so they could move their adjacent shop to a bigger space.
Since acquiring the building, they have corrected problems with the site and updated all systems, making the building more energy-efficient and sustainable. They also honored the original design by restoring period elements and adding close reproductions of historic aspects of the building lost over the years.
“The most visible building in the village of New Preston, Pavilion Hall was built in 1897 to provide entertainment for townspeople and vacationers. The restored building anchors the historic village and serves as a model for sensitive adaptive use,” the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation said in a press release.
Plain Goods is a lifestyle shop and is set to open at Pavilion Hall in May.
“We have enjoyed developing our business in a town that values its history and we are honored that the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation has recognized our hard work and careful attention to detail in bringing the beauty of Pavilion Hall back for all to enjoy,” DePerno said in a press release.