Early last month I got a phone call from a friend of mine who also is a member of the local County Historical Society. She told me that Atom and I had been chosen to receive a Historic Preservation Award for 2017. It wasn’t until several months after we had moved into the building that we learned that there was a chance that the building could have been torn down had the Masons not found a buyer. I can understand that there are time constraints when selling a property and only being able to hold off for so long before having to make the decision to ultimately tear down a piece of history. I am sure there were financial reasons as to why that was a potential possibility. I’m not here to judge. But I can say that I AM SO GLAD WE BOUGHT IT! The mere thought of our breathtaking building being torn down brick by brick is devastating. I have always been a lover of old architecture but if you would have asked me a couple of years ago if I could possibly become so attached to a piece of history I probably would have laughed. Funny how things change when God intervenes.
We wanted to move to Indiana and own a 1800s farm house with a dreamy wrap around porch with a swing and a couple hundred acres of farmland with goats and chickens. And now we were being honored with a historic preservation award for 2017? How is this possible? How are we worthy of this honor? We are just a crazy family of city slickers from sunny San Diego who made a wrong turn 2 summers ago and stumbled upon this beautiful building. Humbling is an understatement.
The awards ceremony was held this past Tuesday evening at the courthouse downtown. It was really nice!! There were 4 Historic Preservation Awards given out to people in the county for various projects. Hearing their stories was truly inspirational.
We were given the award after an introduction & slideshow and we spoke briefly about our project and we have come to know that pretty much everyone in town already knows who we are (haha).
I absolutely LOVE meeting people here in town and hearing their stories about being inside our building at different times in their lives and for different events. It never gets old.
Being newcomers to this amazing community, we were truly blown away that we were even considered for this award. We love our building and we have had so much fun renovating it over the past 9 months. Don’t get me wrong, there have been moments of frustration thrown in there too! But it has all been a learning experience. Oh the joys of home ownership- just on a *slightly* larger scale.
Now back to kitchen building! It’s coming along!