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2015 Annual Awards Program Recap

Each year in May, in honor of National Historic Preservation Month, the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) hosts our annual Awards Ceremony to recognize and honor noteworthy contributions to historic preservation in our region. This year’s awards program was held on Thursday May 21, 2015 at the Central New York Philanthropy Center in Syracuse. Approximately 70 people came out to celebrate with us and enjoy a tasteful evening event on the veranda of the Philanthropy Center overlooking Fayette Park.

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Our 2015 awards featured to an impressive and deserving group of historic preservation projects and notable advocates. PACNY President Murray Gould presented our 2015 awards to the following worthy recipients:

* Michael Stanton received the Jasena R. Foley Education Award for his longstanding role as a facilitator of public discourse regarding historic preservation, community planning, and public policy in Central New York.

* Elizabeth Crawford received the Wilma T. Auer Award for her service and outstanding contributions to PACNY.

* Christine Capella-Peters received a Preservation Merit Award for her significant commitment to and advocacy for preserving historic resources throughout the Central New York community.

* James Prioletti (Ameriprise Financial Services), Randy Crawford (Crawford & Stearns Architects), and Gary Wright (CNY Builder Services) received a Preservation Merit Award for the restoration and renovation of the Courier Building (Washington and Montgomery Streets) in Downtown Syracuse.

* Glenn Hinchey received a Preservation Merit Award for his significant commitment and contributions to preserving important architectural resources in the historic Hawley-Green neighborhood of Syracuse.

* The Bentham Foundation, Sutton Real Estate Company, Edgemere Development, MacKnight Architects, Rich and Gardner Construction, and Saralinda Hooker received a Preservation Merit Award for adaptive reuse, rehabilitation and preservation of the former Brosemer Brewery as part of the Seaway Lofts project in Oswego.

* Grace Episcopal Church, Crawford & Stearns Architects, Gary Wright, and St. Germaine & Aupperle Engineers received a Stewardship Award for the rehabilitation of the Grace Episcopal Church Parish House in Syracuse.

* The H. Lee White Marine Museum received a Stewardship Award for their continued and exceptional efforts advocating for and preserving the maritime history, heritage, and culture of Oswego.

* Robert Branshaw, the owner of Wayne Drugs, received a Stewardship Award in recognition of his efforts and success to restore the historic department store façade and contribute to maintaining the character and integrity of Bridge Street in Oswego.

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Congratulations to all or our Award Winners! Thank you to all who attended the event – and on behalf of all of our members and our Board of Directors, PACNY sincerely appreciates the generous support of our Awards Ceremony sponsors:

* Richard and Joan Applebaum
* Crawford & Stearns Architects & Preservation Planners
* Holmes King Kallquist & Associates Architects
* Pathfinder Bank
* Port City Preservation, LLC
* Rich & Gardner Construction Company, Inc.
* Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC

To learn more about PACNY’s events and activities, please visit pacny.net, follow us on Facebook, or write to us at email@pacny.net.

2015 PACNY Award Winners (2 Of 3) – The Courier Building, Glenn Hinchey, And Seaway Lofts

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6:00 p.m. Thurs. May 21, 2015 – CNY Philanthropy Center, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse

Please Note: We will be accepting additional RSVPs for the next few days for our 2015 Awards Ceremony at the CNY Philanthropy Center – but do contact us soon! Reservations can be made at by email: email@pacny.net or by phone: (315) 214-6439

Please join us as we honor those advocates who have made significant contributions to the preservation of Central New York’s historic resources and celebrate the strengthening of our regions historic infrastructure. We are very excited to celebrate the wonderful preservation stories of this past year and hope you will join us in supporting this cause.

Preservation Merit Award – The Courier Building (Syracuse)

2015may18_IMG_1894PACNY is pleased to present a Preservation Merit Award to James Prioletti (Ameriprise Financial Services), Randy Crawford (Crawford & Stearns Architects), and Gary Wright (CNY Builder Services) for the restoration and renovation of the Courier Building (Washington and Montgomery Streets) in Downtown Syracuse.

The Courier building is a rare pre-Civil War structure in Downtown Syracuse. The four-story, Greek Revival-style, brick commercial structure with a rounded corner was originally constructed in 1844 and was the home of the Courier Newspaper and printing office from 1856-1905. Historically, the building is noteworthy as the location of the infamous speech by Daniel Webster in support of the Fugitive Slave Law, which was given from the second story iron balcony in 1851.

The Courier building has been renovated with commercial offices and a planned bistro/café on the first floor and nine upscale one-bedroom apartments on the second, third, and fourth floors. The restoration project also included structural stabilization to repair a failed truss, asbestos abatement, new roofing, facade repairs, and window rehabilitation. PACNY congratulates the owner and project team for this exemplary historic preservation project.

Preservation Merit Award – Glenn Hinchey

2015may18_Glenns_PortraitPACNY is pleased to present a Preservation Merit Award to Glenn Hinchey for his significant commitment and contributions to preserving important architectural resources in the historic Hawley-Green neighborhood of Syracuse.

Since 1977, Glenn has restored numerous homes in the Hawley-Green Historic District with meticulous attention to detail, thereby retaining and ensuring the architectural integrity of the neighborhood. Some of Glenn’s restoration projects include: 304 Howard Street; 105, 117, and 118 Gertrude Street; and 314 Hawley Avenue. In addition, Glenn owns numerous additional properties in the neighborhood that he is in the process of renovating.

Glenn’s commitment to the neighborhood and its revitalization are reflected in the meticulous restorations he has completed on several properties. On behalf of the Central New York community, PACNY thanks Glenn for his dedication and craftsmanship.

Preservation Merit Award – Seaway Lofts (Oswego)

2015may18_Seaway_AfterPACNY is pleased to present a Preservation Merit Award to Bentham Foundation, Sutton Real Estate Company, Edgemere Development, MacKnight Architects, Rich and Gardner Construction, and Saralinda Hooker for the adaptive reuse, rehabilitation and preservation of the former Brosemer Brewery (Seaway Supply Building) in Oswego.

The Brewery embodies the distinctive characteristics of later 19th century industrial architecture and is one of the few riverfront industrial buildings of that era that remain in Oswego. The building had been vacant for 10 years and was a blighting influence on the neighborhood. It was restored and stabilized in accordance with the Secretary of the Interior’s historic preservation standards, melding historic and contemporary elements including exposed columns, beams, molding, doors, masonry/brick, hand written signage, and the wood vaulted ceiling of the hops drying room to create 26 distinctive, affordable, workforce apartments.

PACNY congratulates the Seaway Lofts project team for this exemplary adaptive reuse project.

2014 PACNY Award Features Part 4 – Babcock-Shattuck House, Samuel D. Gruber, Ph.D. And The Kallet Theater & Conference Center

2014 PACNY Award Feature #10 – Samuel D. Gruber Ph.D.

1907657_744372565585534_5974479829539936295_nPACNY is pleased to present the Jasena R. Foley Public Education Award to Dr. Samuel D. Gruber for his ongoing, sustained leadership and contribution to education, promotion, and advocacy of historic preservation in Central New York over the last 20 years.

Dr. Gruber has consistently raised his voice in support of efforts to preserve vital elements of the region’s built environment and is one of the most visible advocates for the historic preservation movement in Central New York. In addition, Dr. Gruber has been an outstanding public educator about historic buildings, neighborhoods, and artistic treasures in the area. Dr. Gruber regularly hosts walking tours of historic neighborhoods such as Westcott, the Valley, and West Onondaga Street.

He consistently volunteers to provide lectures to many local community groups and serves as a contact to the media for local history and historic preservation issues. Through these efforts, he has helped to promote a genuine appreciation for the built environment that surrounds us as well as the importance of protecting historic resources throughout the community.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #11 – Babcock-Shattuck House – Exterior Restoration

1609917_744830635539727_4843566321857572884_nPACNY is pleased to present the Pat Earle Award, for an outstanding historic preservation project that benefits the community, to the University Neighborhood Preservation Association, Home Headquarters, Crawford & Stearns Architects and Preservation Planners, and CNY Builder Services for the exterior restoration of the Babcock-Shattuck House in Syracuse.

Additional project partners include the Preservation League of New York State, and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation. This award recognizes that not only is the project an outstanding example of the preservation and restoration of a historic property, but also the profound impact and transformative potential that this project represents for the larger University/Westcott neighborhood. The Babcock-Shattuck House sits at an important crossroads in the eastern side of Syracuse and serves as a visible and prominent gateway to this neighborhood.

The successful completion of the exterior restoration of the Babcock-Shattuck House also demonstrates the potential for positive outcomes when the community unites to achieve a common vision. This award recognizes and celebrates nearly two decades of advocacy and dedication by many community volunteers and organizations to restore this significant landmark.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #12 – Kallet Theater and Conference Center

PACNY is pleased to present the Pat Earle Award, for a singular outstanding historic preservation project that benefits the community, to Vince Lobdell, the Village of Pulaski, and the Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board for the restoration of the Kallet Theater. Project funding sources include New York State’s Restore NY and NY Main Street Grant Programs, and National Grid’s Main Street Grant Program.

Restoration of the Kallet Theater was identified in the 2009 Village Comprehensive Plan as a potential catalytic rehabilitation project for the Village of Pulaski. The theater is a striking example of an Art Deco building that, by the first decade of the 21st century, was sadly deteriorated, in use as an auto parts store, and facing demolition. Because of the determination and commitment of the developer, project partners, and funding entities, this 1938 gem of a theater has been returned to service as a home for the arts in Pulaski.

Congratulations for recognizing the potential value of this outstanding historic property and revitalizing it to serve as a community resource.