PACNY 2018 Award Recipients

PACNY 2018 Award Recipients

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

  • City of Cortland on behalf of the Cortland Fire Station, Cortland, NY.
  • Cayuga County Arts Council (CCAC) on behalf of the Schine Theater, Auburn, NY.
  • Gabriel & Heather Coleman on behalf of 610 Allen Street, Syracuse, NY.
  • Crescent Commons, LLC (Housing Visions and David Yaman) on behalf of the Crescent Commons Project, Cortland, NY.
  • The University Neighborhood Preservation Association, Crawford & Stearns Architects, and the Gustav Stickley House Foundation on behalf of the Gustav Stickley House, Syracuse, NY.
  • The Montezuma Historical Society and the Town of Montezuma on behalf of the Montezuma Heritage Park, Montezuma, NY.
  • The Howland Stone Store Museum on behalf of the Opendore Project, Sherwood, NY.
  • The Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC on behalf of the Harbor Street Lofts, Syracuse, NY.
  • Murray Gould, for his faithful and energetic service to PACNY.

The 2018 Awards will be presented at a formal ceremony with a reception to be held at 6 pm, Wednesday, October 17th, 2018 at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY. Tickets are $20 for members, and $25 for non-members.  To purchase tickets, please visit our website or make checks payable to PACNY and mail by Friday October 12th, to 930 James Street, Syracuse, NY, 13203.

PACNY 2018 Awards – Call for Nominations!

2016may10_pacny_newlogoNominations are closed.  Thank you for your submissions and see you October 17th at the Erie Canal Museum!


The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) invites you to nominate an outstanding project, exceptional individual, or worthy organization to be recognized at PACNY’s 2018 Annual Awards Ceremony. All nominations will be reviewed by PACNY’s Awards Committee and award winners will ultimately be approved by PACNY’s Board of Directors. The 2018 Awards will be presented at a formal ceremony with a reception to be held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, NY.

For over 40 years, PACNY has played a critical role in the protection and stewardship of Central New York’s historical resources. PACNY’s Annual Awards bring recognition to owners, builders, artisans, designers, educators and activists that have demonstrated a high level of dedication to historic preservation. At the same time, the awards celebrate the success of preservation and its role in the economic, social, and cultural vitality of Central New York. Nominations will be considered for the following awards:

  • The Jasena R. Foley Education Award is given to individuals or groups who educate, promote, engender or advocate a preservation ethic in CNY.
  • The Pat Earle Award is given for a singular outstanding historic preservation project which benefits the community.
  • The Harley J. McKee Award is given for excellence in the promotion and application of appropriate preservation technology and fine craftsmanship.
  • The Paul Malo Award is given for projects that juxtapose old and new, demonstrating respect for our past while promoting our community’s future.
  • The Preservation Merit Award is given in recognition of exceptional achievement in historic preservation.
  • Stewardship Awards are given to individuals, organizations, or civic agencies that have maintained exceptionally high standards of care for historic properties or landscapes.
  • The Wilma T. Auer Award honors volunteers who have made particularly outstanding contributions to PACNY.

To nominate a project, individual, or organization for an award from PACNY, please complete an Awards Nomination Form found on our website at and provide all additional information requested in the Nomination Form.

Please submit your nomination via mail and/or email (preferred) to:

PACNY Awards Committee
c/o Preservation Association of Central New York, Inc.
930 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13202

All nomination materials must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, August 24, 2018.
Awards will be announced on Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

We look forward to seeing you at our Awards Ceremony in October!


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.