Huntington Alert honors several for preservation

Teresa Beck (left) and Lisa Street (right) accept the David A. Schenkel Memorial Award for Historic Preservation on behalf of the Markle Historical Society on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from Huntington Alert President Brant Ricker.
Teresa Beck (left) and Lisa Street (right) accept the David A. Schenkel Memorial Award for Historic Preservation on behalf of the Markle Historical Society on Tuesday, Jan. 30, from Huntington Alert President Brant Ricker. Photo provided.

Huntington Alert presented its 2017 Historic Preservation Awards at a public meeting held in the G.A.R. Room at the Huntington County Courthouse on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Award recipients included:

• Atom and Theresa Cannizzaro for the adaptive reuse of the Huntington Masonic Temple on East Franklin Street as their home.

• David and Mary Reust for the stewardship and continued maintenance of their home on East State Street in Huntington.

• SS. Peter and Paul Church for the exterior rehabilitation of their church building on Cherry Street in Huntington.

• Brian and Shannon Zuercher for the exterior rehabilitation of a home that had been slated for demolition on Guilford Street in Huntington.

This year’s Schenkel Memorial Award was presented to the Markle Historical Society for saving and moving the Markle Log Home from Draper Street to the nearby Mill Park in Markle. A plaque showcasing recipients of the David A. Schenkel Memorial Award is displayed in the Indiana Room at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

In 2013, Huntington Alert introduced the David A. Schenkel Memorial Award. This special award is meant to recognize exceptional recipients in memory of Schenkel (1950-2007), who was a local community advocate and passionate historic preservationist.

Officer elections were also held. Members elected the following individuals to serve on Huntington Alert’s Board for a two-year term: Brant Ricker, president; Amber Hudson, vice president; Brian Zuercher, treasurer; Shannon Zuercher, secretary; and Nate Burnard,  past president.

During the meeting, Gib Young shared the history and significance of the G.A.R. Room. He discussed the influence of the Grand Army of the Republic members in Huntington County, the personalities and symbolism present in the paintings seen in G.A.R. Room, and restoration/preservation efforts over the years.