Photo by Dave Warner – Members of Preserve Our Past chat with homeowners Monique and Jason Hammersmith about the history of their house.

Preserve Our Past (POP) awarded Monique and Jason Hammersmith an ‘Excellence in Historic Preservation’ award on Thursday evening for the work that they had done on their home at 518 E Gansevoort Street.

Philomena Cerone, a member of the group said, “This is for the outstanding job they’ve done on the outside of the house, preserving the integrity of the historical elements. The paint, the reconstruction of the side porch, they kept the limestone steps, which are original and the beautiful slate sidewalk.”

She said that on the sidewalk, all of the large pieces had to be lifted and then leveled. “It’s a significant home on the park and it’s just beautiful, while the colors are historically appropriate.”

Photo by Dave Warner – The historic home at 518 East Gansevoort Street.