PRINCETON — Members of the Princeton Historic Preservation Commission gathered recently on Main Street to recognize two building owners for their commitments to preserving Princeton’s Main Street.
The group created the annual awards program in 2018 as a way to highlight renovation projects and recognize building owners for their contribution to maintaining and enhancing the architectural, historical and cultural heritage of Princeton through preservation.
Building owners Greta and Steve Kelly, and Lou and Terri Zearing, were given plaques at last week’s Princeton City Council meeting to celebrate their contributions.
The Kellys completed a major renovation to their 541 S. Main St. location when they purchased the building to open Spoons Restaurant.
They stabilized and modernized the building, preserving many of the original details such as the tin ceiling and original bar.
The Zearing family has owned their Flour House building at 950 N. Main St. for three generations. Lou and Terri, along with their family, have lovingly cared for and restored many of the original details like the interior woodwork.
The alterations and improvements made to both buildings have successfully integrated changes within the architectural style of the building, according to Ryan Keutzer, chairman of the Princeton Historic Preservation Commission, and both complement the context and character of Princeton’s South and North End National Register Historic Districts.