New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Third Annual Sacred Sites Open House – Saturday May 18th & Sunday May 19th

PACNY is pleased to promote the Syracuse participants of the third annual Sacred Sites Open House this coming weekend (May 18th-19th), including Church Of The Savior (437 James Street), First English Lutheran Church (501 James Street), and Temple Concord (910 Madison Street), which also serves as the location of the PACNY Awards Celebration on the 19th at 2:00 p.m. for those unfamiliar with the New York Landmarks Conservancy:

At the front lines of advocacy, the rooftops of sacred spaces, and the stoops of brownstones, the Conservancy works in many directions on behalf of New York’s architectural heritage. The Conservancy’s programs demonstrate that hands-on help for building owners is the key to successful preservation. By providing technical advice, financial aid, and education, the Conservancy contributes to economic revitalization of the City’s neighborhoods and aesthetic rehabilitation of its much-loved older buildings.

The Conservancy is nationally and internationally recognized as a vocal and forward-thinking leader in the preservation movement. Its work ensures that the landmarks of New York—homes and schools, businesses and cultural institutions, theaters and houses of worship—will serve its citizens for generations to come.

The Syracuse flyer for the weekend is available below. To see the full-size version of the announcement, click on the flyer image.


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




2013 Awardee – First Niagara Bank

PACNY is pleased to present the Preservation Merit Award in recognition of exceptional achievement in historic preservation to First Niagara Bank.

Founded in 1870, First Niagara Bank is one of Central New York’s larger banking institutions, with numerous branches, offices and ATMs located throughout Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.  First Niagara has a very active commercial lending department, proving construction and permanent lending to a wide range of real estate projects, including some of our region’s most recognized historic rehabilitation projects.  Federal and New York State rehabilitation tax credits have played a critical role in making these projects work.

First Niagara Bank is the only financial institution in Central New York who serves as a tax credit investor. The bank recently invested in both the Pike Block project on South Salina Street and the St. Patrick’s Lofts project in the Tipperary Hill neighborhood.  They are also serving as the construction lender for the St. Patrick’s Lofts project.

Finding a tax credit investor is very challenging, made more difficult by the complicated way that the NYS tax credit program is structured. Many potential historic rehabilitation projects in our region remain stalled because of the inability to find a tax credit investor.  First Niagara Bank’s decision to become the tax credit investor for these two important projects demonstrates both good business sense and laudable commitment to our community.

PACNY offers our appreciation and endorsement of First Niagara Bank’s contributions and investments toward restoring the historic legacy of our region.