Founded in 1974, the Preservation Association of Central New York is dedicated to the conservation of our area’s historic architecture, neighborhoods and mainstreets, preserving the past through adaptive reuse to serve as a living part of our community.
Since 1974, PACNY has led efforts to save historic resources throughout the region – including sites such as Hanover Square, Armory Square, Hawley-Green, Sedgwick, the Landmark Theater and many more local treasures – all of which have been threatened with demolition or unsympathetic development at one time or another.
In recent years, PACNY has played a leadership role in the successful efforts to save the Samuel Forman House and the sculpted faces in the basement of the former Weslyan Methodist Church. PACNY has also attempted – unsuccessfully – to prevent the demolition of several important historic structures including the Onondaga County Poor House, the Conrad Loos Building on Butternut Street and the Solvay Process Company headquarters, know as the “Solvay Castle.”
PACNY continues to work for policies to better protect historic sites, and for programs and incentives to aid their preservation. Recently, PACNY successfully researched protected site nominations for the Samuel Forman House and the Village Green on Seneca Turnpike in Syracuse. On a larger scale we have initiated research of potential historic districts at West Onondaga Street, Berkeley Park, Seneca Turnpike and other neighborhoods. PACNY continues to advocate for continual improvements to the federal and NYS rehabilitation tax credit programs.
Imagine our community without its older buildings, parks and monuments.