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2015 Annual Awards Program Recap

Each year in May, in honor of National Historic Preservation Month, the Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY) hosts our annual Awards Ceremony to recognize and honor noteworthy contributions to historic preservation in our region. This year’s awards program was held on Thursday May 21, 2015 at the Central New York Philanthropy Center in Syracuse. Approximately 70 people came out to celebrate with us and enjoy a tasteful evening event on the veranda of the Philanthropy Center overlooking Fayette Park.

Our 2015 awards featured to an impressive and deserving group of historic preservation projects and notable advocates. PACNY President Murray Gould presented our 2015 awards to the following worthy recipients:

* Michael Stanton received the Jasena R. Foley Education Award for his longstanding role as a facilitator of public discourse regarding historic preservation, community planning, and public policy in Central New York.

* Elizabeth Crawford received the Wilma T. Auer Award for her service and outstanding contributions to PACNY.

* Christine Capella-Peters received a Preservation Merit Award for her significant commitment to and advocacy for preserving historic resources throughout the Central New York community.

* James Prioletti (Ameriprise Financial Services), Randy Crawford (Crawford & Stearns Architects), and Gary Wright (CNY Builder Services) received a Preservation Merit Award for the restoration and renovation of the Courier Building (Washington and Montgomery Streets) in Downtown Syracuse.

* Glenn Hinchey received a Preservation Merit Award for his significant commitment and contributions to preserving important architectural resources in the historic Hawley-Green neighborhood of Syracuse.

* The Bentham Foundation, Sutton Real Estate Company, Edgemere Development, MacKnight Architects, Rich and Gardner Construction, and Saralinda Hooker received a Preservation Merit Award for adaptive reuse, rehabilitation and preservation of the former Brosemer Brewery as part of the Seaway Lofts project in Oswego.

* Grace Episcopal Church, Crawford & Stearns Architects, Gary Wright, and St. Germain & Aupperle Engineers received a Stewardship Award for the rehabilitation of the Grace Episcopal Church Parish House in Syracuse.

* The H. Lee White Marine Museum received a Stewardship Award for their continued and exceptional efforts advocating for and preserving the maritime history, heritage, and culture of Oswego.

* Robert Branshaw, the owner of Wayne Drugs, received a Stewardship Award in recognition of his efforts and success to restore the historic department store façade and contribute to maintaining the character and integrity of Bridge Street in Oswego.

Congratulations to all or our Award Winners! Thank you to all who attended the event – and on behalf of all of our members and our Board of Directors, PACNY sincerely appreciates the generous support of our Awards Ceremony sponsors:

* Richard and Joan Applebaum
* Crawford & Stearns Architects & Preservation Planners
* Holmes King Kallquist & Associates Architects
* Pathfinder Bank
* Port City Preservation, LLC
* Rich & Gardner Construction Company, Inc.
* Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC

To learn more about PACNY’s events and activities, please visit pacny.net, follow us on Facebook, or write to us at email@pacny.net.

2015 PACNY Award Winners (1 Of 3) – Michael Stanton, Elizabeth Crawford, And Christine Capella-Peters


6:00 p.m. Thurs. May 21, 2015 – CNY Philanthropy Center, 431 E. Fayette Street, Syracuse

Please Note: We will be accepting additional RSVPs for the next few days for our 2015 Awards Ceremony at the CNY Philanthropy Center – but do contact us soon! Reservations can be made at by email: email@pacny.net or by phone: (315) 214-6439

Please join us as we honor those advocates who have made significant contributions to the preservation of Central New York’s historic resources and celebrate the strengthening of our regions historic infrastructure. We are very excited to celebrate the wonderful preservation stories of this past year and hope you will join us in supporting this cause.

Jasena R. Foley Education Award – Michael Stanton

2015may17_MikeStanton204X5PACNY is proud to present the Jasena R. Foley Education Award to Michael Stanton for his longstanding role as a facilitator of public discourse regarding historic preservation, community planning, and public policy in Central New York.

Mike Stanton has stimulated important discussions while maintaining the PACNY list serve, engaging hundreds of preservationists, architects, planners and the general public in historic preservation and urban issues. As a Board Member for PACNY, Mike also developed the Syracuse Then and Now website, providing easy access to history and historic architecture about historic Syracuse. He has also been an outspoken neighborhood advocate as the longtime leader of the Southeast University Neighborhood Association. His contribution has been essential to the success of the local historic preservation movement over the past fifteen years.

What is perhaps most remarkable about Mike’s contributions is that he has committed all of this time and energy on an entirely volunteer basis. Our community is truly indebted to Mike Stanton.

Wilma T. Auer Award – Elizabeth Crawford

2015may17_Beth_CrawfordWith tremendous appreciation and gratitude, PACNY is pleased to present the Wilma T. Auer Award to Elizabeth Crawford for her service and outstanding contributions to PACNY.

Beth Crawford has been a driving force as a volunteer, Board member and officer of PACNY for nearly 20 years. Beth served many years as the organization’s Vice President and served as Chair or Member on the Preservation, Events, and Awards Committees. Some of her many notable events and contributions included organizing a reenactment of the Jerry Rescue (at Clinton Square) and dramatization of abolitionist themes (at Grace Episcopal Church). In addition, Beth worked many hours as a volunteer on the research and design of the Syracuse Freedom Trail sign project.

Beth completed a term of service on the PACNY Board of Directors this past year. We cannot adequately express our gratitude to Beth for her leadership and contributions over the past 2 decades, and look forward to her ongoing involvement with future PACNY endeavors. Thank you!

Preservation Merit Award – Christine Capella-Peters

2015may17_Capella_PetersPACNY is thrilled to recognize Christine Capella-Peters with a Preservation Merit Award for her significant commitment to and advocacy for preserving historic resources throughout the Central New York community.

Chris Capella-Peters’ career in historic preservation began with a faculty position at SUNY-ESF, during which she helped establish the Urban Design Studio for Landscape Architecture students. She is a nationally renowned expert on Historic Landscape Preservation and was co-editor of “The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties with Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes”, published in 1996 by the National Park Service. However, Chris is perhaps best known because of her position at the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, from which she recently retired at the end of last year. In her role at NYSOPRHP, Chris reviewed and provided technical guidance to historic property owners, stewards and managers, landscape architects, preservation planners, architects, contractors and project reviewers on countless projects.

On behalf of the Central New York community, PACNY would like to thank Chris Capella-Peters for her longstanding stewardship and leadership for the historic resources in our community.