In November 2018, two building owners on Princeton’s Main Street were recognized for their renovation efforts by members of the Princeton Historic Preservation Commission.
Commissioners created the annual award program as a way to highlight recent projects and recognize building owners for their contributions to maintaining and enhancing the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of Princeton through preservation.
The building owners were selected from nominations submitted by the community.
The recipients were Gina and Steve Nelson of Princeton, who own the building at 514 S. Main St., known as Little Blue Dress; and Four Flags LLC, operated by the Stutzke family of Princeton, who own the building at 956 N. Main St., known as The Knox building.
The Nelsons recently completed a facade renovation that includes wood panels around the existing storefront, new second story windows, awnings and signage, and exterior lighting.
The alterations successfully integrated changes within the architectural style of the building and complement the context and character of the South End National Register Historic District.
Four Flags LLC has made an outstanding example of one of Princeton’s landmark properties. The former Knox Hotel building in the North End National Register Historic District, near the train depot, has been repainted and received updates, such as new doors and windows, to preserve historic storefronts on the ground level as well as new windows on the second and third floors to bring back historic details.
The Princeton Historic Preservation Commission plans to recognize building owners each year.