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PACNY Tours The Willard Memorial Chapel In Auburn, NY – October 18, 2015

The Preservation Association of Central New York had an exclusive tour for its members and guests on Sunday, October 18, 2015. The Willard Memorial Chapel is “the only known complete Tiffany Religious interior left in existence in the world.” Built in 1892-1894, the chapel was designed and completed by the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company with Jacob Adolphus Holzer as the primary designer, featuring his ceramic mosaics and glass tiles. In 1988, an antique dealer purchased the chapel from the Seventh Day Adventist Church and had Christie’s Auction House in New York City complete an inventory and possible sale of the various parts and pieces of this complete interior.


The Willard Chapel. Photo by Jack Kidd.

The Community Preservation Committee, Inc. (CPC), a very small not-for-profit, tax exempt organization, made a purchase offer with a substantial down payment to save the Tiffany Interior. After listing it on the New York State Register of Historic Places, CPC was successful in receiving a $285,000 matching New York State Environmental Quality Bond Act (EQBA) grant to acquire and stabilize this important historic property. Subsequently, they also received grants from NYSCA, The State of New York and several other EQBA grants, and were touted by J. Winthrop Aldrich, Deputy Commissioner of Historic Preservation, as a tourism success story – this all assisted in the National Historic Landmark Nomination (NHL) process, which was successful as well.

2015nov3_willard_1Michael Long, PACNY board member and chapel project manager, gave the tour and explained in detail how this group of individuals with a net operating budget of $2,500 banded together against all odds to purchase the Tiffany Treasure for $500,000. The Willard Memorial Tablet – Bas Relief signed by Holzer had an offer of $500,000 for that one piece from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City to complement their Tiffany and Holzer collection. Completed at about the same time as the Tiffany Chapel at the Columbian World’s Exposition in Chicago in 1893, the Auburn site features glass tile mosaic floors, crystal chandeliers, rose windows and the spectacular “Christ Sustaining Peter on the Water” window directly above the Memorial Tablet. Not only did Tiffany complete the windows and chandeliers, they built the furniture, the endowed chairs, lectern and pulpit and all the pews as a matching set with semi-precious jewels inlaid with gold leaf stenciling.

The Willard Memorial Chapel is home to several not-for-profit organizations and is available for weddings (30-60 per year) and community events throughout the year to assist with operating expenses. The City of Auburn Historic and Cultural Sites Commission assists with state and national promotion of the various sites in Auburn, which include the Harriet Tubman Home (in the process of becoming a National Historical Park), the William Henry Seward House Museum (Lincoln’s Secretary of State), and the Cayuga Museum (where Ted Case / FOX’s first commercially successful “Sound on Film” was made, creating the talking movie industry (now 20th Century Fox)).

Please visit to plan your visit to the Auburn, which is recognized as a “Save America’s Treasures Community” and home to five designated individual SAT sites. The second Sunday of December is the free holiday open house of all the museums in Auburn.

PACNY Tour Of The Willard Chapel In Auburn, NY – Sunday, October 18, 2015, 2 – 4 p.m.

PACNY is sponsoring a tour of the Willard Chapel in Auburn on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.. The tour will end with a reception and refreshments. The Willard Chapel was built in 1892-1894. The interior of the Chapel was designed and handcrafted entirely by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company of New York City and is the only complete and unaltered Tiffany designed religion interior known to exist in the world. Admission is $10.00 for members and $15.00 for non-members. Please RSVP to by October 16, 2015.


The Willard Chapel. Photo by Jack Kidd.

The Willard Chapel is located at 17 Nelson Street, Auburn, NY 13021. There is a parking lot on each side of the building and parking on the street as well. For additional information, please contact us at

PACNY Hosts A Tour Of The Oswego Lighthouse, 22 August 2015

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We thank members and the community for the great interest in this event!


PACNY is sponsoring a tour of the Oswego Lighthouse on Saturday August 22, 2015 at 10:00 AM. The Oswego Lighthouse is one of Central New York’s most iconic landmarks. While it no longer serves as a working lighthouse, it is undergoing an interior and exterior restoration by the H. Lee White Marine Museum. PACNY is pleased to present this rare opportunity to visit the Lighthouse. You will be transported by boat from the West First Street Pier to see firsthand the restoration taking place. Representatives from the Museum will be there to tell you about the Lighthouse and the restoration. After visiting the Lighthouse your visit includes admission into the Museum with its wonderful displays and information about the marine history on the Great Lakes.

Casual dress and comfortable shoes will insure your visit is safe and enjoyable. Admission is $20.00 for PACNY members and $25.00 for non-members. This event is limited to 30 attendees. Please RSVP by August 20th to We will meet at the H. Lee White Marine Museum at 1 West 1st Street, Oswego, NY 13126. Bad weather could lead to cancellation of this event; please watch for an announcement the morning of the event here, on our Facebook Page, and our Event.