City's Preservation Commission presents awards

By Joseph Slacian

Two individuals and a non-profit organization where honored by the Wabash Historical Preservation Commission during the Dec. 14 Wabash City Council meeting.

Lisa Gilman and Parker Beauchamp, along with Honeywell Foundation Executive Director Tod Minnich, each received Historic Preservation Awards from Commission President Susan Stewart.

Gilman received the Commercial Award for her work on buildings located at 76, 78 and 80 W. Canal St.

The restoration project, Stewart said, “was quite an endeavor. She had a lot of surprises when she got into the bones of it.

“Thank you so much for investing in Wabash.”

Gilman said she believes that investing in one’s community is one way to help it move forward and prosper.

“Everybody can do a little bit, and I think every little bit can definitely help,” she said.

Beauchamp and his wife, Katie, received the Residential Award for the work they have done at their North Miami Street home.

“They have done phase one,” Stewart said. “Phase two actually incorporated lots to the west” of the home.

Improvements include copper gutters, landscaping and more.

“Thank you very much,” Beauchamp said after receiving the award. “We appreciate this.”

Minnich accepted the Not for Profit Award on behalf of the Eagles Theatre.

“We appreciate everything the Honeywell Foundation does for the community,” Stewart said.

Minnich thanked Mayor Scott Long and the City Council for their support over the years.

“Without the leadership of Stellar, this never would have happened,” he said, referring to grants receive through the Stellar Community designation the city received.

The theater was in its third week of reopening following its restoration when the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to close down.

“We do have plans to celebrate that opening and make it all it needs to be,” Minnich said, noting more plans will be announced later. “It is going to live up to that original Stellar-vision of adding to our community and really helping make Wabash a destination and meet all those additional goals.

“Without the leadership you all had in the early phases, including putting that in Stellar, it would not have happened.”

Posted on 2020 Dec 22