Register now for Sacred Sites Open House Weekend

The Conservancy kicked off the 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House with a celebration at Temple Emanu-El Synagogue, the first Reform Jewish congregation in New York City. The landmark Romanesque Revival building is on Fifth Avenue.

The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) invites you to participate in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s statewide Annual Sacred Sites Open House Weekend May 20-21. PACNY is once again co-sponsoring the event, which allows the community to learn about the historic and cultural significance of local places of worship.

This year’s theme is “Stained Glass: Windows on This World and the Next.”

Places of worship are invited to offer tours, receptions or other events anytime May 20 or May 21. We encourage neighboring sites to coordinate event times to boost participation.

Click here for guidelines for a successful open house.

To register online, click here to be included in the statewide website guide. PACNY will draw from the statewide site to promote Central New York participants through our website and announcements on our Facebook page.


The annual open house weekend aims 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.
  • Inspire residents to be tourists in their own town, introducing non-members to the history, art and architecture embodied in sacred places.
  • Publicize the many programs and services religious institutions offer their neighbors.

PACNY is happy to co-sponsor this event, which parallels our mission of conserving Central New York’s historic architecture, neighborhoods and main streets.


On Thursday, February 2, 2017, the Preservation League of New York State will hold a free information session on Preserve New York and Technical Assistance Grants (TAG), the signature grant programs of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League. The free event is 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Erie Canal Museum, 381 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse. PACNY is a co-sponsor of the workshop.

Click here for more information and to RSVP. Hope to see you there!


Registration Now Open For The 2016 PACNY Awards Ceremony

To Register For The Ceremony, CLICK HERE

The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) will celebrate outstanding preservation projects and preservation advocates in its annual awards ceremony at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott Downtown Syracuse. The Marriott, formerly the Hotel Syracuse at 100 East Onondaga St., will receive two awards just weeks after the reopening of the restored grand hotel.

Click to make directions to the Marriott Downtown Syracuse.

The reception is $20 for PACNY members and $30 for nonmembers. Register in advance by Friday, July 15, via Laura Hand of WSTM-TV will emcee the event.

“We’re thrilled to present these awards as the community celebrates the potential of preservation demonstrated by the stunning restoration of the former Hotel Syracuse,” says Murray Gould, PACNY’s board president. “That project, and the enthusiasm that has greeted it, remind us that preserving important properties can lift a community’s morale as well as contribute to the cultural and economic well-being of Central New York.”

PACNY has presented annual historic preservation awards since 1972 to recognize owners, builders, artisans, designers, educators and activists who work to renew the beauty and utility of some of the region’s most distinctive architectural and notable historic sites. PACNY awards celebrate the success of preservation and its role in the economic, social, and cultural vitality of Central New York.

Following are this year’s honorees:

* The Jasena R. Foley Education Award, given to individuals or groups who educate, promote, engender or advocate a preservation ethic in Central New York, goes to the Oswego Renaissance Association, Oswego.

* The Pat Earle Award, given for a singular outstanding historic preservation project that benefits the community, goes to the Hotel Syracuse.

* The Preservation Merit Award, given in recognition of exceptional achievement in historic preservation, goes to the Samaritan Center, Syracuse; 538 Erie, Syracuse; and the Huntley Building, Syracuse. Katelyn Wright, executive director of the Greater Syracuse Land Bank, will also receive the Preservation Merit Award.

* The Stewardship Award, given to individuals, organizations or civic agencies that have maintained exceptionally high standards of care for historic properties or landscapes, goes to St. James Episcopal Church, Skaneateles.

* The Wilma T. Auer Award, given to volunteers who have made particularly outstanding contributions to PACNY, goes to Patricia O’Reilly. O’Reilly is a community developer at New York State Homes and Community Renewal and a former PACNY board member.

* The Harley J. McKee Award, given for excellence in the promotion and application of appropriate preservation technology and fine craftsmanship, goes to the Hotel Syracuse.

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