Past Award Recipients

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2018  Excellence in Historic Preservation Project of the Year

At their April 25, 2018 meeting, HPAC nominated three projects that met the criteria and unanimously voted for Zachary Cowan’s Alta Hotel project as the first recipient of this award. Zach started his application in 2012. He took on the challenge of learning how to draw up plans, understand the Historic Design Guidelines, research the history of the project, and construct the project. HPAC noticed his hard work, determination, and respect for the historic integrity of the building. The Redlight ( is now a thriving hostel on West River Street (photo below). The website has the story of the restoration with pictures. 

The Town Council, at their May 22, 2018 meeting will be presenting Zach with a proclamation honoring his hard work. A trophy will be presented to Zach at a later date. HPAC wanted to ensure presentation of this award in May since May is Preservation month!

Redlight Hostel