Category Archives: Awards

2013 Awardee – Rich & Gardner Construction Company – 206 Plum Street, Syracuse

PACNY is pleased to present the Harley J. McKee Award for excellence in the promotion and application of appropriate preservation technology and fine craftsmanship to Rich & Gardner Construction Company.

Rich & Gardner is a full-service construction company based in Syracuse, NY that offers design build, construction management, and general contractor services. The company was founded in 1988 and since that time has completed numerous well-known projects throughout Central New York, including many historic conversions.


The Kirk Hotel, 121-129 West Fayette Street.

Rich & Gardner’s list of successful historic rehabilitation projects in Central New York include the Butler Building (315-319 South Clinton Street), Dey’s Centennial Plaza (401 South Salina Street), the Kirk Hotel (121-129 West Fayette Street), the Lowes Building (362 South Salina Street), and the Walier Lofts (755 North Salina Street). They have developed an approach to construction that focuses on their client’s budget and schedule, without compromising the historic fabric of a building. Their ability to manage the complexity of these projects has earned Rich & Gardner a superior level of respect in the field.

PACNY offers our appreciation and recognition to Rich & Gardner for their continuing commitment to excellence and craftsmanship in local historic preservation projects.

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 – Jane Tracy – Former Town Of Onondaga Historian

2013may13_janetracyPACNY is pleased to present the Jasena R. Foley Award to Jane Tracy in recognition of her commitment and accomplishments to educate, promote, and advocate for a preservation ethic in Central New York.

Jane Tracy stepped down this year from her service as Historian for the Town of Onondaga after serving in that role for 28 years. Jane took over the role in 1984 from Jasena Foley, for whom this award is named. Jane’s knowledge of the history of Onondaga Hollow (Valley) and Onondaga Hill are unparalleled. During her tenure as Town Historian, Jane wrote the book God’s Green Acres (a history of the Town of Onondaga), which was published in 1998 for the town bicentennial. She also wrote and edited many house tour booklets, which are invaluable resources for local historians.

Most important, Jane has always been a public historian – committed to and engaged in documentary history, oral history, and preservation of the buildings and places that make history come alive. She has been a strong voice for the protection and preservation of historic resources in the Town of Onondaga. She worked with PACNY on many projects in the 1990s to protect buildings and landscapes in the Town of Onondaga and on the Southside of the City of Syracuse, especially in the efforts to save the Onondaga County Poor House (which was ultimately unsuccessful). Recently, she was instrumental in working with Onondaga Community College (OCC) to restore a small burial ground of the Town of Onondaga’s pioneers, located on the OCC campus.

PACNY sincerely thanks Jane Tracy for her many years of service to the community as an advocate and educator about history and historic 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.

2013 Awardee – The Grange Building

PACNY is pleased to present the Preservation Merit Award in recognition of exceptional achievement in historic preservation to the Grange Building.

The Grange Building at 203 East Water Street in Syracuse was built in 1925 and was originally home to an auto dealership.  The property is a four-story, brown brick commercial building that was listed on the National Registry for Historic Places in 1976 as part of Downtown Syracuse’s Hanover Square Historic District.  Due to Hanover Square’s position on the Erie Canal, the area has historically been a commercial center for the City of Syracuse.

In 2011, Grange Realty Associates, LLC purchased the property and undertook to rehabilitate the vacant building.    A significant challenge in the adaptive reuse of the building was the addition of a fire escape off the north side of the building.  The Grange Building fire escape was the first allowed in the City of Syracuse in 50 years and is a good example of appropriate design solutions to accommodate contemporary safety requirements while maintaining the integrity of a historic property.

The building was completed in December, 2012 and features three high end luxury apartment units and a prime first floor retail location.  The apartments are 1500 square feet, feature two bedrooms, two baths, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplaces, and beautiful wood floors.  The apartments all provide an outstanding view of historic Hanover Square.

PACNY commends Grange Realty Associates, LLC and Open Atelier Architects for exceptional achievement in historic preservation for adaptive reuse of the Grange Building.

Historic Grange Building and view

Interior features