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Lombard John Pozzi Historical Preservation Fund
By Jean Cohoon / December 31, 2013 /   Loading Disqus...
Well-known Bristol restoration architect Lombard John Pozzi studied, made architectural drawings of, and left his mark on more than 400 buildings, mostly in Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, by the time of his death in July 2013 at age 67.

His works include such Rhode Island landmarks as the Roger Williams Park Casino, Linden Place Ballroom and Mansion, the Bristol Statehouse, Warren’s George Hail Free Library, and scores of private homes, including his family home in Bristol and other buildings he owned as rental properties.

In a 2010 interview with the Foundation, he explained, “I’m putting so much effort and time into these properties. I want to preserve what I’ve done and let them live on for future generations to use and enjoy.”

That preservation will happen through this fund Lombard established through his estate and designated for the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society “to benefit historic preservation in Bristol, RI.” He became active with the Society in the 1970s and served on the nonprofit’s board until his death.

Derwent Riding, president of the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society, states, “Lombard did this for the community. The historical society keeps the records and artifacts of the community. This fund at the Foundation will allow us to run this (Lombard’s family home) as an architectural study center to help other people.”

Lombard received his training at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Columbia University, the latter where he earned his master’s degree in restoration and preservation. “Restoration can never be totally finished – it’s a perpetual passing of the baton from one generation of caregivers to another,” he told The Rhode Islander Magazine for a January 30, 1994 article.

With his death, the baton for the caregiving of his family home and other properties has been passed to the Bristol Historical and Preservation Society. “He loved Bristol and did this for the town,” Derry concludes.

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