Preserve New York Grants - 2004
At its August meeting, the Preserve New York Grant Program panel selected 10 projects in eight counties for support totaling $78,600. Preserve New York is a partnership grant program of the Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts.With the announcement of the 2004 awards, the total support provided by Preserve New York since its launch in 1993 is nearly $942,000 to 160 not-for-profit groups and municipalities in support of their important local initiatives.
The Preserve New York Grant Program provides support for three types of projects: cultural resource surveys, historic structure reports, and historic landscape reports.
An applicant must be a not-for-profit group with tax-exempt status or a unit of local government. State agencies and religious institutions are not eligible to apply. The program generally provides only partial support on a competitive basis. Grants are likely to range between $3,000 and $10,000.
The Preserve New York Grant Program is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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City of Auburn, Historic Resources Review Board
Grant of $8,500 toward the cost of completing a cultural resources survey of properties associated with Abolitionism and African American life between 1820 and 1870 in Cayuga County. The survey will identify the homes, churches, businesses and other sites significant to the lives of freedom seekers and their sympathizers throughout the City of Auburn and Cayuga County. Auburn, the home of underground railroad leader Harriet Tubman and her supporters William H. and Frances Seward, was especially active in the national Abolition movement. The survey will be completed by Judith Wellman, Historical New York Research Association of Fulton, and its results will be used for planning, heritage tourism activities and landmark designations.
Jamestown Urban Renewal Agency, Jamestown
Grant of $9,000 toward the cost of completing an historic structure report for the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad Station. This former passenger and freight station was built in 1931 and continued service until 1970. Since then, the station languished to the point that it was included as a threatened building in the League’s 2002 Seven to Save list. Thanks to new attention and funding, the station is now the focus of downtown renewal efforts. The report will be prepared by Clinton Brown Company Architecture of Buffalo and will be used to guide structural repairs and mixed-use rehabilitation plans for this Art Deco style landmark.
Lexington Center for the Arts (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Lexington
Grant of $9,000 toward production of an historic structure report for the 1883 Lexington House, one of the last remaining Catskill hotels. The building is now part of a complex of the Lexington Center for the Arts, owned and operated by the Ensemble Studio Theatre which is based in New York City. The Lexington House site also includes the former ice house, carriage house and bowling alley. Lexington Center for the Arts offers artist residencies, workshops and conferences to foster the development of new works in theater, dance and music. There are also public programs, exhibits and performances presented on the site. The Center will work with preservation architect Marilyn Kaplan of Albany to produce the report which will guide the rehabilitation of the Italianate style building.
Town of Gates, Gates
Grant of $8,000 toward the cost of completing an historic structure report for the Hinchey House. This Italianate style residence was built between 1874 and 1880 and is remarkably intact. Facing an uncertain future, the Town and the Gates Historical Society collaborated to acquire the property and plan for its use as a museum. The report will be prepared by Bero Architecture of Rochester and its results will be used to guide restoration and interpretation of this local and National Register landmark.
Sea Cliff Landmarks Preservation Commission, Village of Sea Cliff
Grant of $10,000 toward the cost of a cultural resources survey for the village. Originally the site of a Methodist camp, the Village of Sea Cliff is located on Oyster Bay and retains the street patterns and late 19th-century architecture common to camp communities. The survey will be conducted by Nora Lucas, a consultant based in Mamaroneck, and will guide designations of landmarks and historic districts at the local, state and national levels. It will also serve as an important planning tool for the commission which works closely with the local planning, zoning and architectural review boards to guide development in the community.
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Village of Liberty, Liberty
Grant of $5,000 toward the cost of preparing a nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places for the proposed downtown historic district in the Village of Liberty. The project will expand the current two-block historic district to one that includes most of Main Street, an intact commercial area of approximately 125 buildings. The nomination will be prepared by Neil Larson and Associates of Woodstock and supports the village’s strong revitalization program.