2019 PACNY Awards – Recipients

PACNY 2019 Award Recipients

The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Annual Preservation Awards:

Pat Earle Award: Madison County on behalf of the Madison County Courthouse Renovation Project, Wampsville, NY

Harley J. McKee Award: Norman Roth and University Hill Realty on behalf of the rehabilitation of the Morgan Dunne House, 464 Allen Street, Syracuse, NY

Paul Malo Award: Chris Geiger and Holmes, King, Kallquist and Associates on behalf of the Sylvester Apartments Project, 900 East Fayette Street, Syracuse, NY

Stewardship Award: Father Fred Mannara on behalf of the Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts Avenue, Syracuse, NY

Preservation Merit Award: The Seward House Museum, Cayuga Museum of History and Art, and the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park on behalf of the Hands on History educational programming, Auburn, NY

Preservation Merit Award: David Haas on behalf of his work for The Stand newspaper

Jasena R. Foley Award: Cleota Reed on behalf of her decades of advocacy work in historic preservation

CNY Heritage Award: The Onondaga Historical Association and Willow Rock Brewing Company on behalf of the relaunch of historic Congress Beer

The 2019 Awards will be presented at a formal ceremony with a reception to be held at 6 pm, Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at the May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society in Syracuse, NY. Tickets are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members and will be available at the door.

The awards ceremony will feature a presentation of PACNY’s 2019 list of challenged and threatened historic properties, The Eight That Can’t Wait. Click the tab at top to read about the 2019 additions to the list.

A Message to Our Members

Thank you for your continued support of our mission to revitalize our communities, advocate for our region’s historic fabric, and inspire pride of place.

The PACNY Board of Directors is pleased to announce the acquisition of a new Membership Management Software and the following new Membership Levels for 2019:

* Student/Senior (60+) $25

* Individual $30

* Family $45

* Partner (businesses, organizations, nonprofits, governments) $75

* Advocate $100

* Patron $250

* Benefactor $1,000

PACNY’s Membership Committee Chair, Nicole Fragnito, will be reaching out to you to ensure that all of your contact information is up to date. This software will increase the efficiency of PACNY’s operations, streamline memberships and event registrations, and facilitate communications.

This past year, we launched our quarterly member Newsletter and Threatened Properties List, “Eight That Can’t Wait.” We are dedicated to developing new, exciting outreach programs to engage our members and the public throughout our five-county service region, including exclusive member benefits.

We appreciate your patience as we update our system and look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 2:00PM at the Barnes Mansion in Syracuse. More information on this software will be available online at www.pacny.net, in our newsletter, and at the Annual Meeting. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at membership@pacny.net.

Thank you for your continued commitment to PACNY!

PACNY Supports Community Grid Option for I-81 Project

The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) supports the community grid option for the Interstate 81 viaduct project. This approach best aligns with the organization’s goal of retaining historic buildings and existing urban infrastructure that supports the long-term economic vitality of the city and region.

“PACNY advocates for the preservation and viable use of historic places,” says John Auwaerter, PACNY vice president. “The community grid provides an unprecedented opportunity to increase the viability of historic buildings, streets, and landscapes in our urban core. It is critical to reviving Syracuse’s historic, walkable neighborhoods that have been decimated by failed urban renewal programs and highway construction over the past 60 years.”

In discussing the project options, PACNY rejects the “ReBuild Viaduct Option,” which, because of faster federal highway design standards, would increase the size of the viaduct. It also would require the demolition of 24 additional properties, including at least 12 irreplaceable, historically significant buildings. It would also lead to adverse noise and other environmental impacts across a much broader area that includes many more historic properties, including Oakwood Cemetery. PACNY does not support demolition of historic buildings for highway projects in the city of Syracuse that would destroy our history and lower land values through the center of the urban core.

The planning recommendations of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) CNY I-81 Task Force, changing trends in Federal Highway Administration standards for the future of urban areas, and national Urban Planning and Design “best practices” standards all support the “Community Grid Option” as the best long-term planning option for Syracuse and the Central New York region.

 

In addition, the “Community Grid Option” comes with a call for the NYSDOT to return the land to the city of Syracuse for redevelopment once the elevated highway comes down. That would enable up to 20-plus acres of former DOT land to be returned to the city for redevelopment, increasing city land values, promoting long-term economic development and growth, improving pedestrian safety, reducing traffic speeds and congestion through urban areas—factors that all contribute to the future viability of Syracuse’s historic urban core. Read full resolution here. 

PASCNY was founded in 1977 and covers Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland, Cayuga and Oneida counties. The organization is dedicated to the preservation of the historic resources of Central New York that are essential to the cultural and economic well-being of the community. It works independently and in cooperation with other civic organizations and preservation groups to produce and disseminate information on the value of historic preservation throughout the CNY region.