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2014 PACNY Award Features Part 1 – Karen Howe, Laura Serway & Cindy Seymour Of Laci’s Tapas Bar, And Sheldon Hall – SUNY Oswego

2014 PACNY Award Feature #1 – Karen Howe

2014may19_howePACNY is pleased to present this Stewardship Award to Karen Howe in recognition of her dedication to preserving and restoring the Barnes-Hiscock Mansion on James Street in Syracuse.

Karen Howe has given tremendous personal effort to support the continued growth of the George & Rebecca Barnes Foundation. The Barnes-Hiscock Mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Under Karen’s leadership, the Foundation has significantly expanded awareness of this important historic site, organized new programs, developed key relationships, and successfully pursued grants and other fundraising opportunities.

PACNY congratulates Karen Howe for her achievement and is thankful for her dedication and advocacy for one of Syracuse’s finest historic landmarks.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #2 – Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour of Laci’s Tapas Bar

2014may19_lacisPACNY is pleased to present this Stewardship Award to Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour in recognition of their restoration and care of Laci’s Tapas Bar in Syracuse.

Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour renovated a historic house in Hawley Green with good taste and verve to transform it into what has become a very popular restaurant and bar in Hawley Green Historic District. Their restaurant serves as a vibrant and welcoming focal point that contributes to the preservation and vitality of the Hawley Green neighborhood.

In addition, Ms. Serway and Ms. Seymour have mentored other local independent restaurant owners and are active in numerous community groups including Safe Kids of Central New York, the New York State Brain Injury Association, the Priscilla Mahar Animal Foundation, and the Northeast Hawley Green Development Association.

PACNY is very pleased to recognize Laura Serway and Cindy Seymour for their contribution to the preservation and vitality of the Hawley Green Neighborhood.

2014 PACNY Award Feature #3 – Sheldon Hall – SUNY Oswego

2014may19_sheldonPACNY is pleased to present a Stewardship Award to SUNY Oswego in recognition of their outstanding care for Sheldon Hall in Oswego.

Sheldon Hall, completed in 1913 and originally constructed to house the Oswego Normal School, is a three-story, Neoclassical-style building made of brick with limestone, marble, and terra cotta accents. The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980 and today serves as the gateway to SUNY Oswego’s campus.

The college recently undertook extensive renovations to weatherproof and improve the energy efficiency of the structure while maintaining its historic integrity. Additional partners involved in the renovation project include the State University Construction Fund, Jablonski Building Conservation, PAC and Associates of Oswego, and WASA/Studio A.

PACNY congratulates and applauds SUNY Oswego for their outstanding stewardship and attention to detail in maintaining this significant regional landmark.

PACNY 2014 Awards Ceremony – Thursday, May 22, 2014 – List Of Awardees

Update: 17 May 2014 – Thank you for all of your support for the 2014 PACNY Awards Ceremony! The event is officially full. We cannot wait to share this evening with you. For those who couldn’t get a spot – we will see you next year. Or better yet – we will see you soon at one of our other events this year!

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

* Dr. Samuel D. Gruber
* Babcock-Shattuck House
* Kallet Theatre and Conference Center
* Gary Wright
* The Pike Block
* Downtown Committee of Syracuse, Inc.
* Kate Auwaerter
* St. Patrick’s Lofts
* Stevedore Lofts
* Karen Howe
* Laci’s Tapas Bar
* Sheldon Hall

Event Details

6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 22, 2014
High Peaks Club, State Tower Building, 109 South Warren St., Syracuse, NY
RSVP by May 16th via: or by phone: (315) 214-6439


Since 1972, the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) has presented annual historic preservation awards 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.

PACNY 2014 Awards Program – Call for Nominations

Download The Award Nomination Form HERE

You can fill in this PDF form using any PDF viewer.

Please complete your nomination form and mail it to

Since its founding in 1974, the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) has played a critical role in the protection and stewardship of Central New York’s historical resources. PACNY’s annual awards bring recognition to owners, builders, artisans, designers, educators and activists who work to renew the beauty and utility of some of Central New York’s most distinctive architecture. At the same time, the awards celebrate the success of preservation and its role in the economic, social, and cultural vitality of Central New York.

We invite you to nominate an outstanding project, exceptional individual, or worthy organization to be recognized at PACNY’s 2014 Annual Awards Ceremony. All nominations will be reviewed by PACNY’s Awards Committee and award winners will ultimately be approved by PACNY’s Board of Directors. The 2014 Awards will be presented at a formal ceremony with a reception to be held in May (announcement of date, time, and location to follow). Nominations will be considered for the following awards:

* The Jasena R. Foley Education Award is given to individuals or groups who educate, promote, engender or advocate a preservation ethic in CNY.

* The Pat Earle Award is given for a singular outstanding historic preservation project which benefits the community.

* The Harley J. McKee Award is given for excellence in the promotion and application of appropriate preservation technology and fine craftsmanship.

* The Paul Malo Award is given for projects that juxtapose old and new, demonstrating respect for our past while promoting our community’s future.

* The Preservation Merit Award is given in recognition of exceptional achievement in historic preservation.

* Stewardship Awards are given to individuals, organizations or civic agencies that have maintained exceptionally high standards of care for historic properties or landscapes.

* The Wilma T. Auer Award honors volunteers who have made particularly outstanding contributions to PACNY.

To nominate a project, individual, or organization for an award from PACNY, please complete an Awards Nomination Form and prepare all additional information requested in the Nomination Form. The Awards Nomination form can be downloaded in PDF format HERE.

Please submit your completed nomination via mail or email (preferred). Our mailing address is below:

Preservation Association of Central New York, Inc.
930 James Street
Syracuse, NY 13203

All nomination materials must be received by 4:30pm on Friday March 21, 2014.

We look forward to seeing you at our Awards Ceremony in May!