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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.

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