Would We Want Historic Districts
the town grows and changes, there is a desire shared
by residents of Harwinton to retain, in so far as possible,
the qualities that led them or their ancestors to chose
it as a place to live.
the citizens established a Planning Commission, Zoning
Boards with comprehensive regulations, and in 1990 voted
to create two Harwinton Historic Districts, administered
by an appointed commission working under the provisions
of Connecticut State General Statutes and the Town Ordinance.
The intent of
any Historic District is: 1) To encourage the preservation
of sites and buildings within the district which contributes
to the educational, architechural, and aesthetic values
that make the area unique; 2) To fulfill the pertaining
Statutes. 3) To advise and guide new construction or
additions to existing buildings so that exterior features
visible from a public way are compaitible with the surroundings.
Through the Historic
District and Historic Properties Commission the charter
of a community can survive rather then be sacrificed
to unrestricted development.
is one of change and maturity. Some of Connecticut's
Historic Districts consist of structures almost identical
in style and age. By Contrast, Harwinton's structures
range from mid-18th century homes to late 20th century
homes. Many of them have been homes at one time and
have seen public or commercial uses at another. It is
this continuity wed to natural growth which is worthy
of preservation and protection. Harwinton has changed
and adapted, but always with an awareness of the present
and the past. The Historic Districts and Properties
are created to ensure that change takes place in a manner
that preserves and protects the buildings, Structures
and overall character presently in place.
would indicate that threats to the integrity of Historic
Districts may come from commercial interests indifferent
to local surroundings. They may be presented also, however,
by conscientious concerned citizens whose project proposals
want some adjustment. Projects requiring review by this
commission that is, whether they tend to preserve the
qualities that have characterized Harwinton as a unique
New England village that is evolving into a small, primarily
residential 21st century town.
of such a town as Harwinton is the sum of small elements
which, together, constitute the town's attributes and
sense of place. These fragile qualities belong in common
to all who live here and are enjoyed by those who visit.
The Historic Districts and Properties serve to perpetuate
the community's heritage, the destruction or compromise
of which would be an irreparable loss.