Historic Kingston building receives temporary reprieve
By JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent | October 01. 2013 8:43PM
Demolition of Kingston's historic Grace Daley House has been delayed to give a group of residents time to come up with a plan to save the building. (JASON SCHREIBER PHOTO)
In a unanimous vote, selectmen agreed to hold off on any demolition work until those interested in preserving the building can present a warrant article to voters in March.
"We'll allow them the opportunity to do that," said Selectman Mark Heitz, board chairman.
"If it's to raise money I won't be in favor of that," Heitz said.
Voters last March rejected a $150,000 proposal to renovate the aging house built on Main Street in 1834 that was most recently used for a thrift shop run by a nonprofit organization.
No date was set for razing the building.
Virginia Morse, chairman of the Historic District Commission, said the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance and the state's Division of Historical Resources will offer advice and support for developing the warrant article.
It was matched by checks from Morse and her husband and Stanley Shalett, also a Historic District Commission member.
Pinchot, best known for playing Balki Bartokomous in the sitcom "Perfect Strangers" in the 1980s and 1990s, spoke with Heitz about his idea of dismantling the building with some of the materials being used in other house restoration projects.