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PACNY Accepting Nominations for 2021 Awards Program and Eight That Can’t Wait threatened properties list

The Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) is accepting nominations for its 2021 awards ceremony at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. PACNY’s annual awards bring recognition to owners, builders, artisans, designers, educators and activists who work to preserve Central New York’s most distinctive historic resources. 

Due to the ongoing uncertainty related to COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution for our constituents, this year’s ceremony will again be held in a free virtual ceremony. The deadline for nominations is September 24, 2021 Nominations are free, and projects in PACNY’s five-county region are eligible. Ceremony registration details will be forthcoming.

As part of this year’s virtual ceremony, a very special behind-the-scenes tour of the Hilltop House at the Stone Quarry Art Park in Cazenovia, NY. We will also be presenting the 2021 Eight That Can’t Wait, PACNY’s annual threatened properties list.

All nominations will be reviewed by PACNY’s Awards Committee and approved by PACNY’s Board of Directors. Nomination forms can be found at this link!

Send completed nomination forms to 930 James Street, Syracuse, NY 13203 or via (preferred).

PACNY was founded in 1977 and covers Madison, Onondaga, Oswego, Cortland, and Cayuga counties. The organization is dedicated to the preservation of the historic resources of Central New York that are essential to the cultural and economic well-being of the community. It works independently and in cooperation with other civic organizations and preservation groups to produce and disseminate information on the value of historic preservation throughout the CNY region.

Syracuse Bread Company building to be rehabilitated using Historic Tax Credits!

Developers Jason Evans, Matthew Rayo and Randall Hadzor plan to convert the 1912 Ward Wellington Ward-designed industrial building into a mixed-use property with residential and commercial units.

The Syracuse Bread Company factory at 200 Maple Street was designed by prolific Syracuse architect Ward Wellington Ward. Ward, who is best known for his residential designs, only designed a handful of industrial buildings. The Syracuse Bread Co. Factory building exhibits features of the transitional period in factory construction where the heavy load-bearing masonry “mill construction” of the nineteenth century began to give way to the concrete and steel daylight factory. The building was occupied by the Syracuse Bread Company until 1971, when it was purchased by the Cooper Decoration Company. It has been vacant since the early 2000s.

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The Old Drovers Tavern in Nelson is seeking donations!

The Nelson Preservation Associates, Inc. (NPA) is seeking donations to preserve the historic Old Drovers Tavern building at 3307 US Rt. 20 in the community of Nelson in Madison County.

Originally known as “The Sickle and Sheath Drover’s Tavern”, the building was constructed in circa 1804 as a tavern for cattle drovers on the Cherry Valley Turnpike, now known as US Rt. 20.

Since then, the building has served as a general store, the village post office, a feed store, and an antiques store. In the 1970s, former NYS Assemblyman Bill Magee purchased the property, which continued to function as an antiques store and auction house until recently.

The NPA plans to work with skilled craftsmen, the community, and local experts to rehabilitate the tavern to serve its original purpose. The work will also include NPA’s constructing a replica of the original two-story English-style barn and conducting a community survey to gain input on potential uses for both the historic tavern and old barn.

The NPA’s overall goal is to raise $2,000 by mid-summer; volunteers will start painting by late summer. The organization will host a community bonfire at the Old Drovers Tavern on June 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.

To donate, visit the Old Drovers Tavern GoFundMe page, or send a check, made payable to Nelson Preservation Associates, to PO Box 452, Cazenovia, NY 13035. All donors will receive a tax-exempt donation receipt and will be listed on the Old Drovers Tavern social media sponsor pages.

For updates on upcoming events, or to follow the fundraising progress, search The Old Drovers Tavern at Nelson on Facebook, visit, ro send and email to