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October 18 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Historic Preservation and the Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) in Newtown, PA
Newtown is what it is today as a result of the efforts, starting in the 1960’s and 1970’s to establish the Historic District. The townspeople then went on to preserve and protect the many historic homes and buildings in the Historic District. That effort continues today with the oversight of Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB). Michael Hutchinson will be speaking on the preservation efforts that have been taken in Newtown over the years and the ongoing effort to sustain the Historic District. Come and hear Michael share his experiences and perspectives on what it means to be stewards of Historic Newtown.
Michael J. Hutchinson is a third-generation builder who specializes in historic additions and renovations. Born and raised in Newtown, Mike learned the craft from his father, Brud Hutchinson, who learned it from his father, Earl Hutchinson – all Newtown-based builders. Now in his 46th year in business, Mike has led countless restoration and rehabilitation projects in Newtown and surrounding areas. His keen eye for detail and commitment to preserving the story behind each building is evident throughout his work.
For over 15 years, Mike has served as a member of the Newtown Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB), which reviews plans for changes to historic buildings in Newtown Borough, and makes recommendations to Borough Council. Married for nearly 50 years, Mike and his wife, Susan, reside in a N. State Street home built in the 1800s that was once owned by his grandfather. There they raised their three children and today spend time with their 11 grandchildren. In his spare time, Mike can be found sailing, fly fishing, or enjoying time with family.