New Canaan's Silver Hill Hospital Receives Preservation Award

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The River House Living Room was awarded the 2014 Historic Preservation Award Citation for Preservation and Rehabilitation
The River House Living Room was awarded the 2014 Historic Preservation Award Citation for Preservation and Rehabilitation Photo Credit: Contributed
Silver Hill receives an award from New Canaan Preservation Alliance. From left: Neil Hayes and Avery Turlington (Richard Turlington Architects), Paul Campanelli and Chris Caputo (Pac Group, LLC) and Elizabeth Moore, hospital COO.
Silver Hill receives an award from New Canaan Preservation Alliance. From left: Neil Hayes and Avery Turlington (Richard Turlington Architects), Paul Campanelli and Chris Caputo (Pac Group, LLC) and Elizabeth Moore, hospital COO. Photo Credit: Contributed

NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Silver Hill Hospital has earned a 2104 Historic Preservation Awards Citation for its preservation and rehabilitation of River House, a 1913 English Tudor-style home that has served as a residence for patients since the 1980s.

This is the second award the New Canaan Preservation Alliance has awarded to Silver Hill. The first was for the 2012 renovation of Scavetta House, a historic home on the 42-acre campus that is also a patient residence.

“As a hospital accredited by the Joint commission, we must meet all of their strict safety and quality requirements in every renovation,” says Dr. Sigurd Ackerman, president and medical director of the hospital. “But our board is equally as committed to preserving the architectural integrity of each and every building on our campus."

The New Canaan Preservation Alliance is a nonprofit with the mission of advocating “for the preservation of the town’s character-defining historic architectural and natural environments.”

River House, located at 143 Valley Road, was originally designed by Austin W. Lord of Lord and Hewlett Architects in New York City. Scavetta House was designed several years later by Alfred Mausolff, a student of Lord.

The architect for both renovations was Richard Turlington from New Haven. Pac Group, of Harwinton, led the construction for the renovations of both River House and Scavetta House.

The award was given during the NCPA annual awards ceremony on May 4 at the Country Club of New Canaan.

Accepting for the hospital was Chief Operating Officer Elizabeth Moore. 

“Being a good neighbor and responsible partner is of paramount importance to us,” Moore said. “I thank NCPA for once again recognizing our hard work and dedication to the town of New Canaan.”

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