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39 West Avenue

On May 20, 2014, Macedonia Church saved one of Norwalk's finest architectural landmarks when it purchased the former First United Methodist Church located at 39 West Avenue. [The Hour] For historical details (and a slideshow!) about this building, see Current Projects.

This extraordinary building was featured in two earlier articles in The Hour: "Former United Methodist Church in SoNo slated for sale" (July 10, 2012) and "Organ, church and woodwork among splendors inside former First United Methodist Church" (August 27, 2012). Norwalk Preservation Trust worked in 2012 and 2013 to raise community awareness about the sale, so we were especially pleased when Macedonia Church was able to buy it for their use.

This irreplaceable structure, when preserved, can serve a vital role in the community. However, the building has been largely neglected with little or no preventive maintenance for decades. As a result, the estimated cost to restore the church back to its original condition is about $500,000. The church has engaged the services of Gill & Gill Architects to assist throughout the restoration project in order to maintain the historic character and architectural integrity of the building.

Macedonia Church is committed to preserving the remarkable legacy of this wonderful space, but the church needs your financial help in this. As reported in the The Hour, Norwalk Preservation Trust made a $5000 donation toward this project in November 2014, but there is still a long way to go. Please join us in our support!

100% of all gifts go directly toward the restoration of the building. The church is a 501 (c)(3) organization, so your donation is fully tax-deductible. Go to www.39westavenue.org for more information or to make a donation. You can also send a check to Macedonia Church, P.O. Box 424, South Norwalk, CT 06856.

Norwalk Historic Resources Survey

As reported in the The Hour, on March 23, 2010 the Norwalk Preservation Trust announced the receipt of a $20,000 grant from the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism to begin work on a new Norwalk Historic Resources Survey. NPT will join forces with the Norwalk Historical Commission, which will contribute another $20,000 to the project, which will employ a team of consultants who will identify significant buildings, structures, and sites in the city. Expected to begin in May, this initial phase will cover the area bounded on the north by US 1, on the east by East Avenue, on the south by Interstate 95, and on the west by the Route 7 Connector.

The completed survey will be a planning tool to identify, record, and evaluate historic properties and districts within Norwalk, and could form the foundation for a comprehensive and proactive municipal historic preservation program.

National Historic Districts

The Norwalk Preservation Trust is actively involved with individuals and neighborhoods to create National Register Historic Districts in Rowayton, Silvermine, and Wall Street. For more information on historic districts in Norwalk, see Preservation.

Join NPT today to support these important efforts!

Recent Accomplishments

Worked with the Norwalk Historical Commission to produce the state’s first publication on using the Historic Homeowner Rehabilitation Tax Credits and to establish several new State Register Historic Districts in Norwalk.

Worked with the City of Norwalk to find new uses for Fodor Farm and to secure $100,000 in State Historic Restoration Fund money for the rehabilitation of the Fodor Farm Homestead.

NPT worked with developers to successfully incorporate three threatened historic homes into a new residential development at 130 Main Street, rather than demolishing them. The result, Lockwood Terrace, helps to preserve the vanishing character of Main Street, profitably combining historic preservation with new construction.

When a restored, historically valued home was demolished in Rowayton, the Norwalk Preservation Trust worked with the city to launch Norwalk’s first demolition delay ordinance. For more on the failed attempt to save the house that led to Norwalk's ordinance, see Past Projects. We are currently working with the Common Council and its Ordinance Committee to review and revise the demolition delay to extend the waiting period to 180 days.

When the Ernst House at 5 Elmcrest Terrace was originally slated for demolition for additional surface parking for Norwalk Hospital, the NPT worked with the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and a private developer to encourage the Hospital to save the house and convert it to condominiums. For more on this wonderful house and its history, see Past Projects.

When the Norwalk Inn bought the property next door and allowed to deteriorate, intending to demolish it, NPT worked with the State of Connecticut to bring a lawsuit to preserve the Grumman-St. John House at 93 East Avenue. For a full account of this ten-year effort, see Past Projects.