Oda Hubbard was recently recognized for her service to the town of Shelburne. Hubbard served on the Historic Preservation and Design Review Commission (HP&DRC) for 22 years, from 1993 to 2015.
“She was a long-time member of the group,” Director of Planning & Zoning Dean Pierce said.
At its Oct. 13 meeting, the HP&DRC honored Hubbard with the presentation of a framed resolution in recognition of her more than two decades of service to the commission. It recognized, in particular, “her commitment to attractive, contextually-appropriate, and sensible (or shall we say ‘not too fussy?’) design.”
Hubbard, Pierce said, tended to speak up when designs were getting too complicated—or, as she was fond of saying, “too fussy.” Simplifying design is something that he believes that the group as a whole tries to do.
Pierce noted that Hubbard’s training as an architect and background as a long-time resident of the town informed her understanding of the process.
“She thought about all of it. She thought about the lighting, the design. She thought about the possible issues,” Pierce said.
Hubbard had helped with many projects over the years. One major project she influenced was the post office building, Pierce said. At the time, the building had been the topic of fairly significant focus. Hubbard had offered a number of useful comments regarding the project.
Administrative Assistant Susan Cannizzaro, who had long experience with Hubbard, said that the former commissioner was a very valuable member of the group.
“She had thoughtful insight. She balanced things out,” Cannizzaro said.
The resolution noted that, “Whereas, the time now comes for Oda’s colleagues to express deep thanks and appreciation to Oda for her years of service to the Town.”
“[She is a] delightful person. So pleasant,” Cannizzaro said.