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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 (3 Of 3) – Grace Episcopal Church, H. Lee White Marine Museum, And Robert Branshaw/Wayne Drugs

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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.

Stewardship Award – Grace Episcopal Church (Syracuse)

2015may19_Grace_ChurchPACNY is pleased to present a Stewardship Award to Grace Episcopal Church, Crawford & Stearns Architects, Gary Wright, and St. Germaine & Aupperle Engineers for the rehabilitation of the Grace Episcopal Church Parish House in Syracuse.

The Grace Episcopal Church Parish House was damaged by a fire in 2013. The parish began its work by convening a “Restoration Committee” that met to envision and guide the rebuilding. Throughout the project, the committee sought to make necessary upgrades while preserving the historic character of the building. The quality of its design and construction resulted from a collaborative effort among parishioners, designers, and contractors.

PACNY would like to congratulate and thank Grace Episcopal Church for their thoughtful repair and maintenance of this historic building and community resource.

Stewardship Award – H. Lee White Marine Museum (Oswego)

2015may19_HLWMM1PACNY is pleased to present a Stewardship Award to the H. Lee White Marine Museum for their continued and exceptional efforts advocating for and preserving the maritime history, heritage, and culture of Oswego.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum has served for many years telling the history and stories of shipping on the Great Lakes. It is a center for research with many wonderful exhibits and educational programs. They are also the stewards of the LT-5, a National Historic Landmark and the only surviving tugboat from the D-Day invasion in World War II. Most recently, they achieved listing on the National Register for Derrick Boat 8, a working boat from the Erie Canal.

The museum has recently taken on their most important challenge – the restoration of the iconic Oswego Lighthouse. The lighthouse is a symbol of the community and its restoration is an important part of maintaining not only history, but also community pride. PACNY is proud to recognize the H. Lee White Marine Museum for their stewardship and advocacy for the historic resources of the City of Oswego.

Stewardship Award – Robert Branshaw/Wayne Drugs (Oswego)

2015may19_waynedrugfacade3PACNY is pleased to present this Stewardship Award to Robert Branshaw, the owner of Wayne Drug Store, 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.

The Wayne Drug Store façade restoration was a collaboration between Robert Branshaw and the City of Oswego Community Development Office, who obtained funding through the New York Main Street Grant Program to assist the façade rehabilitation. Crawford & Stearns Architects designed a historically sensitive façade for the building, which had been changed immensely from its original character.

PACNY applauds Robert Branshaw for reinvesting in his historic building and keeping the pharmacy as a pillar of downtown Oswego during a time when the majority of pharmacies are moving to suburban locations with drive-thru access. This project serves as a wonderful example of how downtown commercial redevelopment can be a win-win for business owners and the community.