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Insurance company, homeowner win Butler preservation awards

Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Mitchell Insurance, at the corner of Main Street and Penn Avenue in Butler Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The property recently won an award for work done including a rebuilt porch, replaced sidewalks, and chimney work.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Mitchell Insurance, at the corner of Main Street and Penn Avenue in Butler Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The property recently won an award for work done including a rebuilt porch, replaced sidewalks, and chimney work.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Mitchell Insurance, at the corner of Main Street and Penn Avenue in Butler Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The property recently won an award for work done including a rebuilt porch, replaced sidewalks, and chimney work.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Mitchell Insurance, at the corner of Main Street and Penn Avenue in Butler Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The property recently won an award for work done including a rebuilt porch, replaced sidewalks, and chimney work.
Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review - Karen Nebel's 1st Street house in Butler Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The family-owned property of 60 years recently won an award for work done to improve it.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em>Philip G. Pavely | Tribune-Review</em></div>Karen Nebel's 1st Street house in Butler Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. The family-owned property of 60 years recently won an award for work done to improve it.

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An insurance company and the longtime owner of a home have won preservation awards for November from the city of Butler for work they have done on their properties.

Mitchell Insurance, located at the corner of Main Street and Penn Avenue, is housed in a brick Victorian 1880s-era home. It has rebuilt its porch, replaced sidewalks and had work done on the structure's three chimneys.

“It's a beautiful building. It was a home but works well as an office,” said Bill Mitchell, the company's owner.

Mitchell's grandfather bought the company, which is 164 years old, in the 1890s. It has been at its present location for six years.

The second award went to Karen Nebel, whose 1st Street home has been in her family for 60 years and is where Nebel grew up.

Nebel spent about $5,000 to install a new sidewalk on the side of her house next to Eau Clare Street. “It's a busy corner. Kids get on the school bus out there,” she said. “It's good that they acknowledge that someone is doing something. But there is nothing unusual about this. My parents taught us that. You just clean up, take care of your things and fix things.”

Butler started the monthly awards earlier this year and aims to recognize both home­owners and business owners who have either done renovations or fixed a home or business.

Mitchell said he was unaware that the award existed until he received it.

“The award was not what motivated me. These improvements will cut back on the maintenance of the building,” he said.

Butler this year also started giving an annual preservation award, which is given for more costly, extensive rehabilitation work.

Rick Wills is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7944 or at rwills@tribweb.com.

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