WADA tabbed for historic register inclusion

The Westport Town Hall, known as the WADA building.

The Westport Town Hall, known as the WADA building. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— The former home of the Lake View Grange and current offices for the town of Westport may soon be designated as a historic building.

Last week, the Lake View Grange No. 590, now known as the WADA building in Westport, was one of 17 recommended properties, resources and districts to be placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places by the New York State Board for Historic Preservation.

Supervisor Dan Connell said that the application for placement on the register was made with the help of Bill Johnston, who has been working with a citizens’ building committee on ways to upkeep the structure that was built 85 years ago.

“The premise behind the application is to make the building eligible for some state and federal funding,” Connell said. “They will have a hearing at some point on the sites, so there is still a process that needs to happen.”

“These are the historic resources that help shape the individuality and ‘quality of place’ of our communities,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in a release. “Listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places is a fitting honor and will help preserve these properties for the future.”

Listing these properties on the State and National Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.

Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.

The WADA building has a long history in the town of Westport. Erected in 1928, it has served the community as a Grange Hall, roller rink and American Legion Post until it was acquired in 1971 by the village and town of Westport to serve as municipal offices and a youth center.

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