Preservation Alliance seeking nominations of historic structures that need saving

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CONCORD, New Hampshire — With a few strokes of a pen or a keyboard, residents have the chance to help save a historic New Hampshire structure that's fallen into disrepair.

The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance is now taking nominations for this year's "Seven to Save." Since 2006, the program has focused attention and resources on significant historic properties that are threatened by deterioration or insufficient funds.

Structures that make the Seven to Save list are selected based on their historic significance, the degree to which they are threatened and the potential that making the list could dramatically alter their fate.

Qualifying structures must be more than 50 years old and be significant to the state's history.

Structures that have made the list in the past include truss and stone-arched bridges, inns, churches, meeting houses, schools and three of the state's grand hotels — the Balsams, the Mount Washington and Bretton Woods.

Gilford's Kimball Castle made last year's list. The hilltop castle was supposed to be razed; it was deemed a threat to safety because of its dilapidated condition. The castle has been fenced in, but its fate remains uncertain.

The New Durham Meetinghouse — one of only five pre-Revolutionary War meeting houses still standing in the state — made the list in 2012.

Nomination forms are available at http://www.nhpreservation.org and are being accepted until Sept. 15. The winners will be announced on Oct. 22 in Kensington.

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