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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.

2014 PACNY Award Features Part 3 – St. Patrick’s Lofts, The Pike Block, And Gary Wright

2014 PACNY Award Feature #7 – St. Patrick’s Lofts

1510923_741888642500593_6913374108732270596_nPACNY is pleased to present a Preservation Merit Award for the St. Patrick’s Lofts project, which is an exemplary adaptive reuse and renovation of the former St. Patrick’s School in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood on Syracuse’s west side.

Built in 1915, the former St. Patrick’s School served the Catholic population of the Tipperary Hill neighborhood until 2006. After considering a wide range of alternatives and options, a creative and innovative plan was selected to reuse this important building. The former classroom space was converted into 22 one and two-bedroom apartments with the rehabilitation focus on preserving the character-defining architectural elements of the school. The gymnasium wing of the School has been converted into the 10,400-square-foot St. Patrick’s Community Center.

PACNY would like to thank Gary Thurston of the Hayner Hoyt Corporation, Port City Preservation, Holmes, King, and Kallquist, First Niagara Bank, the Community Preservation Corporation, Onondaga County, and the Syracuse Industrial Development Agency for their contributions to this adaptive reuse project that was done in a manner highly respectful of the original historic features of this landmark building.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #8 – The Pike Block

10371743_743147202374737_4823256604986924352_nPACNY is pleased to present the Paul Malo Award to VIP Structures, Inc., Center State CEO, Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc., and AdaptCNY, Inc. for the Pike Block Project, which successfully and sensitively juxtapose old and new construction, demonstrating respect for our past while building our community’s future. Additional project partners include the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the City of Syracuse, Syracuse Industrial Development Authority, National Grid, Onondaga County Save the Rain Program, First Niagara Bank, and the Community Preservation Corporation.

The Pike Block project involves the redevelopment, rehabilitation, and improvement of four highly visible properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places and located in the heart of downtown Syracuse at the southwest corner of West Fayette and South Salina Streets. These buildings have been redeveloped as one cohesive project that includes 68 market rate residential units and ground floor commercial space.

The Pike Block Project serves as an inspiration and catalyst for the transformation of the 300 Block of South Salina Street and the continued restoration of Downtown Syracuse as the commercial and cultural core of our region.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #9 – Gary Wright

10390429_743914888964635_5673268455567825796_nPACNY is pleased to present the Harley J. McKee Award for excellence in the promotion and application of appropriate preservation technology and fine craftsmanship to Gary Wright of CNY Builder Services.

Gary Wright and his crew at CNY Builder Services, LLC exemplify all the best qualities of a general contractor involved in the preservation of Central New York’s historic resources. Gary is very thoughtful, skilled, and practical when it comes to completing rehabilitation projects. His skills have contributed to the preservation of CNY historic buildings and we all greatly benefit from his expertise. Recent exemplary projects completed by CNY Builder Services include the exterior restoration of the Babcock-Shattuck House, the interior rehabilitation and restoration of the sanctuary at Grace Episcopal Church, exterior restoration of several of the Five Sisters on Park Ave, and the storefront window restoration project at Onondaga Historical Association.

We commend Gary Wright for elevating the quality of workmanship in our community and for his overall dedication to fine craftsmanship.

2014 PACNY Award Features Part 2 – Kate Auwaerter, Downtown Committee Of Syracuse, Inc., And Stevedore Lofts

2014 PACNY Award Feature #4 – Kate Auwaerter

2014may20_large_021109Auwaerter1MGPACNY is pleased to present a Preservation Merit Award to Kate Auwaerter for her advocacy for historic resources in our community. Kate Auwaerter represents the strongest voice for historic preservation within our local government. In addition to providing oversight to the City’s Landmark Preservation Board, Kate has pursued grants, funding, and partnerships to undertake comprehensive surveys and City Landmark/National Register nominations, including the Scottholm neighborhood, the former Village of Danforth, the Syracuse Downtown Commercial Historic District, and the former Village of Salina. Kate has provided effective leadership, fund-raising, and support for preservation efforts such as Save 711 East Fayette Street (dedicated to preserving and rehabilitating the former A.M.E. Zion Church). In short, Central New York owes Kate Auwaerter a great debt for her role in preserving important resources in our community. PACNY sincerely appreciates Kate Auwaerter’s tireless pursuit of grants, funding, and partnerships to identify, preserve, restore, and promote historic resources in the region. In addition, PACNY is indebted to her significant help organizing the Sacred Places Symposium in 2013.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #5 – Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.

2014may20_DowntownCommitteePACNY is pleased to present a Preservation Merit Award to the Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc. in recognition of the organization’s ongoing service to our community by promoting the economic revitalization, beautification, security, and preservation of the built environment in Downtown Syracuse.

The Downtown Committee’s significant recent contributions to the preservation of local historic resources include: funding and preparation, in partnership with the Onondaga Historical Association, of the Historic Walking Tour of Downtown Syracuse; National Register nominations for the Armory Square Historic District (1984), South Salina Street Downtown Historic District (2006), and the Downtown Syracuse Commercial Historic District (2013); partnership and advocacy for numerous Historic Preservation Tax-Credit funded projects; and celebrating the historic character of downtown and promoting the reuse of historic buildings by featuring the architecture and historic building stock in recruitment videos and television commercial campaigns.

We appreciate the Downtown Committee’s support of commercial development and the residential renaissance of Downtown Syracuse, which contributes to the vitality, physical condition, and preservation of the unique and impressive architectural legacy of our region’s core.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #6 – Stevedore Lofts

2014may20_Stevedore3PACNY is pleased to present a Preservation Merit Award for the Stevedore Lofts project, which is an impressive and significant adaptive reuse of the former Standard Yarn Company woolen mill and warehouses in the City of Oswego.

The former Standard Yarn Company mill and warehouses, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, were built in three stages between 1897 and 1911 and represent one of the few remaining mills on the Oswego River.

Renovation of this National Register listed property was conducted in close consultation with the State Historic Preservation office and has resulted in a vibrant mixed-use building located on Riverwalk Park with 29 market-rate apartments with commercial and office space on the ground floor.

PACNY congratulates the Stevedore Lofts, LLC partnership – Ted Kinder, Robert Medina, Tim Stitt, and Larry Clark – as well as MacKnight Architects, MCK Building Associates, Sutton Companies, the City of Oswego, the Oswego County Industrial Development Agency, and a Restore NY Grant on the renovation of this major asset for the City of Oswego.