Category Archives: Awards

2013 Awardee – Carol & John Young Residence, Skaneateles

PACNY is pleased to present a Tender Loving Care Award to Carol and John Young of Skaneateles, New York for maintaining exceptionally high standards of care for a historic property.

Built in 1871, the Young residence at 46 West Lake Street in Skaneateles is an excellent example of the Second Empire style. The home features a center rectangular tower, a floral patterned slate mansard roof, and a highly detailed front porch overlooking beautiful Skaneateles Lake. John and Carol Young purchased the home in 2008 and shortly thereafter retained Ted Bartlett of Crawford & Stearns, Architects and Preservation Planners and David Lee of Skaneateles as general contractor.


The exterior restoration project began with the slate mansard roof. The slate tiles were removed and numbered, the underlayment was replaced, and areas of rot were repaired. The original slates were then returned to their original positions and missing and broken slates were replaced in kind. The elaborate Victorian trim was also repaired and replaced as necessary, including having pieces specially milled to restore period details.

On the interior, the kitchen was updated to improve its functionality while preserving the essential character and key architectural elements. The copper sink was restored and original cabinets and hardware were reused. Two interior walls in the front of the house that previously had been removed were rebuilt, using salvaged chestnut and black walnut for the trim. As a result, the original floor plan, which includes a formal entry, dual parlors, and a service hallway, has been restored.

PACNY applauds the Young family not only for their stewardship of their historic home, but also for being strong advocates for historic preservation in their community.

Please join us as we recognize our Awardees. This year’s PACNY awards ceremony will be held on Sunday May 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Temple Concord. See for RSVP information and more details.

2013 Awardee – Tania Werbizky – Preservation League Of New York State

PACNY is pleased to present the Jasena R. Foley Award to Tania Werbizky in recognition of her commitment and accomplishments to educate, promote, and advocate for a preservation ethic in Central New York.

Tania Werbizky serves as the Regional Director of Technical and Grant Programs for the Preservation League of New York State. Tania was the first full-time employee of the Preservation League and recently celebrated her 20-year anniversary of working for that organization. Tania holds a B.A. in Geography from SUNY Binghamton and an M.A. in Historic Preservation from Cornell University, where she has also taught graduate-level courses in the Historic Preservation Program.


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As administrator of the Grants Program for the League, Tania has supported numerous historic preservation projects in Central New York. Recent notable examples include: citywide historic resources survey in Cortland (2010); a National Register nomination for African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion Churches in New York State (2010); and a survey and National Register nomination of hops-related resources in Madison County (2006). In addition, Tania provides her expertise as an educator and consultant to local non-profit groups, individuals, and municipalities. These services range from advising a group of homeowners in a village as to how to create a historic district to mobilizing efforts to save a threatened building. She has organized an endless number of educational programs and workshops for homeowners as well as professionals.

PACNY sincerely thanks Tania Werbizky for her many years of service to the community as an advocate and educator about history and historic preservation. Our community is a better place as the result of Tania’s efforts.

Please join us as we recognize our Awardees. This year’s PACNY awards ceremony will be held on Sunday May 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Temple Concord. See for RSVP information and more details.

2013 Awardee – Syracuse Model Neighborhood Corporation

PACNY is pleased to present the Paul Malo Award to the Syracuse Model Neighborhood Corporation (SMNC) in recognition of their numerous neighborhood revitalization projects, which successfully and sensitively juxtapose old and new construction, demonstrating respect for our past while promoting our community’s future.

The SMNC was founded in 1972 and is one of the city’s oldest nonprofit housing organizations and has twice received PACNY’s Pat Earle award for meticulous renovations of individual buildings. The SMNC’s mission is to “improve blighted neighborhoods, preserve demographic diversity and foster self-sufficiency in targeted neighborhoods in the City of Syracuse.” Over the past four decades, SMNC has purchased, rehabilitated, and sold more than 130 existing homes for owner-occupancy. The organization also manages 234 rental apartments in 101 buildings. The SMNC’s employees also conduct the physical work of rehabilitation and maintenance for these properties, which provides neighborhood residents with job opportunities and training in historically sensitive renovation.


In addition, the SMNC’s headquarters are in a comfortable, rambling, historic house in the center of the South Salina Street Historic District. The SMNC has also been responsible for renovation of several buildings within that district as well as some in-fill construction that is consistent with the historic character of the adjacent properties.

PACNY is pleased to honor the SMNC for its ongoing commitment to preserving and rehabilitating older homes and apartment buildings while simultaneously providing comfortable, affordable housing in challenged neighborhoods. Their efforts successfully demonstrate that social advocacy and rehabilitation of historic buildings are not only compatible but also a potent combination for neighborhood preservation.

Please join us as we recognize our Awardees. This year’s PACNY awards ceremony will be held on Sunday May 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm at Temple Concord. See for RSVP information and more details.