Lyssa Papazian has run a historic preservation consulting business in Putney Vermont since 1998 and has been working professionally in the field for the past 24 years. She is an architectural historian and author of many National Register of Historic Places nominations. Through her municipal, non-profit, and private clients, she has been involved with dozens of community development projects including many that have been assisted by tax-credits, government programs, grants, and other fundraising. In her pro-bono work as a Putney Historical Society (PHS) board member, Development Director, Project Manager and Treasurer, Lyssa helped the non-profit acquire and redevelop two key historic village properties. The first is the Putney General Store, a $1.3 million reconstruction project completed in 2011 which now houses a key local business. The second is the former United Church of Putney which has recently been transformed into the state of the art Next Stage Performing Arts Center as well as PHS offices. This $1.6 million capital campaign included successful use of the village center tax credit as well as many other grants and private donations. Lyssa has been a Putney Selectboard member, Town Service Officer, chair of the Putney Affordable Housing Committee, and the co-chair of a statewide loan committee for Community Capital of Vermont. She is currently Vice-Chair of the board of the Preservation Trust of Vermont (PTV).
“The Preservation Trust was a great partner in my work in Putney. I joined the board in 2012 to support the amazing work PTV does throughout Vermont to preserve and revitalize village centers and downtowns and to energize local citizens to take stewardship of their most precious resources.” -Lyssa