The Lakeview Avenue Community Action Project recently received a grant from the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Fund for the Region to purchase 12 architectural plaques. The plaques will be installed at pre-determined homes in the Lakeview Avenue neighborhood and will feature the unique architectural history of the home, as well as, the architect and original homeowner’s role in the community.
According to Marijka Lampard, LACAP president, one of the neighborhood’s goals is to identify homes and other buildings of architectural distinction within the City of Jamestown constructed prior to 1950. “We (LACAP) thank the Community Foundation for the support and encouragement of this beautiful project marking the architectural heritage in Jamestown,” Lampard said. “LACAP is very grateful to Reid Sturzenbecker, owner of RMS Services, for his outstanding community spirit and contribution to the project.” Sturzenbecker will be installing the plaque stands.
A book is being prepared throughout this process featuring homes designated by plaques. They will serve as an educational and tourism tool for individuals interested in learning more about Jamestown history.
In addition to the 12 plaques being installed this year, LACAP has plans to have another 24 plaques ready by next summer. Homeowners interested in being considered for architectural designation may submit an inquiry to LACAP for consideration. A committee will then review the application, using criteria including build year, historical contributions, and design to name a few. For more information, visit lacapjamestown.org.
LACAP also has a non-endowed fund at the Community Foundation to support future initiatives and projects in the community.