Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League of New York State, and Grant Johnson, PACNY president, at the Preserve New York award ceremony in Albany.

The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) received a $10,000 Preserve New York grant from the Preservation League of New York State for a reconnaissance-level survey of the Greater Westcott Neighborhood. The grant will be used to create a nomination for listing in the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

PACNY’s award was among 30 grants in 21 counties. The New York State Council on the Arts, the Preservation League of New York State and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation announced the recipients of the 25th round of grant funding Sept. 12 at a news conference in Albany.

“This project fits into our core mission of advocating for the preservation of historic buildings and neighborhoods,” said PACNY President Grant Johnson, who attended the grant event. “We hope a successful nomination of the Greater Westcott Neighborhood to the National Register will enable more building owners to take advantage of New York State Rehabilitation Tax Credits.”

The Westcott Neighborhood is a streetcar suburb that illustrates urban and social changes from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries, including the rise in popularity of single detached homes. The neighborhood retains a commercial hub as well as a number of religious and civic buildings.

PACNY will use the $10,000 grant to hire Samuel D. Gruber and Bruce Harvey of Syracuse to complete the survey and State and National Register nominations.

Three other Onondaga County projects also won Preserve New York grants. They are:

  • The University Neighborhood Preservation Association was awarded $10,800 to create a Gustav Stickley House Historic Structure Report. The 1900 house is one of the premier Arts and Crafts sites in the United States.
  • The Greater Syracuse Land Bank won a $4,000 grant to create a Building Condition Report for the South Presbyterian Church. The vacant church at 2110 S. Salina St. dates to 1906. Its longtime congregation left in 2006, and the Land Bank will use the building condition report to provide guidance on preservation and maintenance for prospective new owners.
  • The Village of Fayetteville received $6,341 to complete a reconnaissance-level survey of historic resources. A survey will help to determine eligibility for the National Register of Historic Places, which would expand the availability of historic rehabilitation tax credits for approved repairs to older buildings.

The Preserve New York grant program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional support for projects in New York City, Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Sacred Sites Weekend Opens with Talk at Manlius Church  

Brennan Stained Glass Studio worked on the recent restoration of windows at Christ Church in Manlius. The church’s oldest stained glass window dates to 1867. Scott Brennan will discuss the project and the windows at a talk 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the church, 407 E Seneca St, Manlius.

At least seven local congregations will participate Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s statewide Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend. The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) is once again co-sponsoring the event. This year’s theme is Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next.

PACNY kicks off the weekend with a 10 a.m. Saturday talk at Christ Church, 407 East Seneca St., Manlius, by Scott Brennan, of Brennan Stained Glass Studios. In “Christ Church’s Stained Glass Treasures,” Brennan and parishioner Robyn Visser will talk about the church’s window restoration project.

Highlights include the 150th anniversary of the placement of the first stained glass window at Christ Church in 1867, the St. Luke window over the altar and documentation that shows at least two of the church’s windows are Tiffany. The talk is free and open to the public.

After the talk, be a tourist in your own town by visiting open houses in Onondaga, Oneida, Madison and Tompkins counties. Central New York sites are among more than 165 open houses statewide. For a complete listing of participating sites statewide visit the Online Weekend Guide at

The annual Open House Weekend has three main objectives:

  • To encourage sacred sites to open their doors to the general public. Inviting visitors is a great way to build broad community support for the ongoing preservation of historic institutions.
  • To inspire residents to be tourists in their own town, introducing non-members to the history, art and architecture embodied in sacred places.
  • To publicize the many programs and services religious institutions offer their neighbors.

“This event is an opportunity for the community to learn about the historic and cultural significance of these landmark buildings, experience the beauty of some of Syracuse’s hidden architectural treasures and understand the challenges in their ongoing preservation,” said PACNY board member John Auwaerter.

Below are details about the Syracuse-area participants.

Saint Marianne Cope Shrine & Museum

601 North Townsend St., Syracuse

Saturday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Assumption Church

812 North Salina St., Syracuse

Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Christ Church, Manlius

407 East Seneca St., Manlius

Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

University United Methodist Church

1085 East Genesee St., Syracuse

Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church

819 Madison St. (414 University Ave.), Syracuse

Sunday 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

St. Paul’s Church

310 Montgomery St., Syracuse

Saturday and Sunday 12-4 p.m.

Church of the Saviour

437 James Street, Syracuse

Saturday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. and Sunday 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church

12 1/2 Madison St., Hamilton

Saturday 12-4 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Notice Of Annual Meeting – Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Pursuant to Section 3.04 of our By-Laws, you are hereby notified that the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) will hold the Annual Meeting of its members on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at 6:30PM at the Barnes Mansion, 930 James Street, Syracuse, New York.

PACNY is pleased to have as our keynote speaker Dennis Connors, former curator of history at the Onondaga Historical Association (OHA) and a 2017 recipient of the OHA medal.

The business portion of our Annual Meeting will include: the presentation/election of new board members, and the presentation/election of the new officers of PACNY by Board President Murray F. Gould.

As a membership organization, you elect the Officers and the Board of Directors to manage the affairs of the organization. Presented for your consideration are the names of four (4) individuals to serve on your Board, and four (4) officers to serve the organization. The election of these candidates will take place at our Annual Meeting:

Candidates for Officers – Two-Year Term through December 31, 2019

* Grant Johnson – President
* John Auwaerter – Vice President
* Dean Biancavilla – Treasurer
* Cynthia Carrington Carter – Secretary

Candidates for the Board of Directors – Three-Year Term through December 31, 2019

* Cynthia Carrington Carter
* Andrew D’Agostino
* Adam Megivern
* Bruce Moseley

A reception will follow our business meeting and the keynote speaker.