NEW BRITAIN - To Design, LLC, a landscape architecture and site design firm based in the city, was recently honored for its work on multiple memorial rehabilitation projects within the city.
The company won the Merit Award from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation for its work on the World War Monument in Walnut Hill Park, the Spanish-American War Memorial in Kulper Square and the World War II Memorial in John Campbell Square.
“New Britain values the importance of maintaining public sites of honor and gratitude for our veterans,” To Design’s Phil Barlow said in the submission for the award. “We were honored they chose us to prepare specifications, drawings, and maintain project oversight for the restoration of these monuments.”
The World War Monument had many damaged limestone blocks, as well as stolen bronze plaques bearing the names of New Britain men killed in World War I.
The Spanish-American War Memorial had been defaced with graffiti and had missing plaques.
The memorial at Campbell Square, which honors World War II veterans from the Belvedere area, had been destroyed in an automobile accident.
Conservator Francis Miller assessed the scope of repairs, and To Design’s work involved the research and recreation of the original plaques and names honored at these sites.
According to the company, To Design secured copies of the original plans from Columbia University’s Avery Library to aid in the rehabilitation of the World War Monument. The plans proved to be invaluable in reproducing the missing ornamental bronze work.
“City officials recognized the community value and historical significance of these memorials. They realized the complexity of the work and value of the assets,” Barlow said. “That’s why they engaged qualified design, construction and conservation professionals to plan and execute the work.”
To Design has been active in historic preservation in the city for years.
Last year, the company received a Keystone Award from the Connecticut Main Street Center for its work in developing the city’s downtown historic walking tour.
Skyler Frazer can be reached at 860-801-5087 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.