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.

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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 pacny.net/awards/ for RSVP information and more details.

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.

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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 pacny.net/awards/ 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 pacny.net/awards/ for RSVP information and more details.