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In a ceremony held on June 1, 2016 at the Dutch House in New Castle, the New Castle Historical Society presented the 2016 Bamberger Historic Preservation Award to the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs for “its sensitive and appropriate restoration of the Court House, Arsenal, Academy and Green.” Cindy Snyder, site supervisor of the New Castle Court House Museum, accepted the award on behalf of the division.
Improvements to the four historic properties, owned by the state of Delaware and administered by the division, were conducted as part of the division’s $350,000 New Castle Campus Improvement Plan, which was completed between March 2015 and early 2016. Action steps included roof replacement at the New Castle Court House Museum, renovation of the Arsenal’s south entry-door and first-floor restroom, rebuilding of a deteriorating brick garden-wall at the Academy and stabilization of the Green’s pedestrian pathways.
Bestowed annually by the New Castle Historical Society to property owners who have made significant contributions to the historic city on the Delaware River through preservation and/or restoration of their property, the award is named for Reinhardt and Elizabeth Bamberger, historic preservationists and New Castle Historical Society benefactors.