Preserve New York Grants - 2010
The Preservation League of New York State and the New York State Council on the Arts has announced the recipients of the 2010 Preserve New York Grant Program, which provided $109,149 in funding to 17 projects in 14 counties.Since 1993 Preserve New York has awarded over $1.5 million in direct support to 250 projects undertaken by not-for-profit groups and municipalities.
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 Elmira
Grant of $10,000 toward the costs of a historic structure report for the Brand Park Memorial Pool in Elmira’s Southside neighborhood. The 1949 brick and concrete above-ground swimming pool was designed according to a patent developed by engineer Wesley Bintz. His Michigan-based firm was responsible for approximately 135 pools in the United States but it appears that only about half that number survive. Elmira’s pool is unusual in that it is the second one by Bintz on the same site - the first was destroyed a major flood in 1936 – and that it was built in honor of Elmira’s men and women lost in World Wars I and II. The project consultant, Johnson-Schmidt and Associates of Corning, will complete an examination of the pool’s history, structural condition and repair options, and determine feasible uses that respect its design integrity and can benefit the community.
Cortland Downtown Partnership
Grant of $6,500 toward the cost of a citywide reconnaissance survey of Cortland which will document its industrial, residential, religious, public and commercial architecture. These places reflect the city’s prosperity as a manufacturing center in the 1880s to the 1950s. The results will be used to better promote Cortland’s special character, prepare local landmark and State and National Register designations, and increase the number of properties eligible for use of the state commercial and residential tax credit programs. The project will be completed by consultant Nancy Goblet and is the first Preserve New York funded project in the county.
Livingston County Historical Society (LCHS), Geneseo
Grant of $7,000 toward the cost of a historic structure report for the Livingston County Museum which has operated as the LCHS headquarters since 1932. The 1838 building is a rare example of a cobblestone school house. It is a contributing building in the Geneseo Historic District which includes most of the village and was given National Historic Landmark status in 1991. The one-story, cross-plan building faces numerous conservation and restoration challenges. The Preserve New York grant supplements a State Environmental Protection Fund grant and these funds will be used to address these and other rehabilitation issues. The project will be completed by Clinton Brown Company of Buffalo.
Montgomery County Dept of History and Archives
Grant of $10,000 for a cultural resource survey of sites relating to Montgomery County’s abolitionist history. Montgomery County, has an under-documented history of anti-slavery activity. The Montgomery County Anti-Slavery Society organized in 1837, following the formation of the Amsterdam and Johnstown anti-slavery societies in 1835. Montgomery County was the birthplace of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and short-time home of Susan B. Anthony. This, coupled with the 45 miles of Erie Canalway running through the county, likely led to abolitionist activity in the county. While some sites associated with this movement have been identified, others remain undocumented and unresearched. Historic consultant Dr. Judith Wellman believes that “Montgomery County bridges the gap between slavery and abolitionism,” and this survey will document that history.
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Two Bridges Neighborhood Council
Grant of $3,000 for a National Register Historic District Nomination of the Bowery. Two Bridges Neighborhood Council is working with the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors on this project, which will allow the Bowery to join Chinatown, Little Italy, and the Lower East Side to develop a comprehensive community approach to planning, centered on history, cultural and economic development. The Bowery is within a NYS Rehabilitation Tax Credit eligible census tract and this historic district has tremendous community support. Two Bridges Neighborhood Council is working with preservation consultant Kerri Culhane on this project.
Oakwood Cemetery Association, Niagara Falls
Grant of $5,000 toward the cost of historic landscape report for the Oakwood Cemetery located north of the downtown. The 18.3 acre cemetery is the work of local civil engineer Drake Whitney and reflects 19th century romantic landscape design principles with its curvilinear paths and drives. The 1881-1882 cemetery began as a burial ground on land donated by a founding family, the Porters, in 1852. A special feature of Oakwood is the 1913 stone mausoleum designed by the noted architectural firm Green and Wicks and is embellished by a Tiffany Studios stained glass window. The report will be prepared by Dean Gowen, Landscape Architect, of Amherst and will guide stewardship of the historic cemetery grounds.
Preservation Association of Central New York (PACNY), Syracuse
Grant of $6,000 toward the cost of preparing a statewide Multiple Property Documentation form for African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Zion churches built across the state after the Civil War. Approximately 85 of these churches remain and are the anchors of their respective communities. The research and documentation will be prepared by consultant Dr. Judith Wellman, students and faculty of the African-American Studies program and Angela Williams, Librarian of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, Syracuse University. The results will be used for new educational programs and possible landmark designations of AME Zion churches including the vacant 1910 church on East Fayette Street in Syracuse. The project will help make it and other AME Zion churches eligible for new funding opportunities to ensure their use and stewardship.
Pittstown Historical Society
Grant of $7,500 for completion of a National Register Multiple Resource Documentation Form for historic Pittstown farmsteads. This project follows the 2008 Preserve New York Historic Farmstead Cultural Resource Survey. The Pittstown Historical Society has surveyed over 25 farmsteads. Almost all identified farms have at least two or three intact historic outbuildings including barns, silos, dairy sheds, and icehouses. These farmsteads are threatened by development and their disappearance and irreversible alteration occurs at an accelerating rate each year. Completion of the National Register Multiple Resource Documentation Form, to be prepared by preservation consultant Jessie Ravage, will inform future planning and preservation efforts within Pittstown, as well as create eligibility for the NYS Rehabilitation Tax Credit for these farmsteads.
Grant of $8,000 for a Historic Landscape Report of Manitoga’s Woodland Garden. Russel Wright, a well-known mid-twentieth century designer, purchased Manitoga in 1941. At the time of purchase, it was an abandoned quarry and logging site. Russel Wright began work on Manitoga’s landscape in the 1940s, continuing until his passing in 1976. His landscape focused on the forest garden as a continuum of space and time, experienced through movement. Manitoga is New York State’s only mid-twentieth century modern American domestic architecture and landscape site open to the public. In 2006, Charles Birnbaum, President of the Cultural Landscape Foundation called Manitoga one of the two most critical endangered landscapes in the country. The Historic Landscape Report, to be completed by Patricia O’Donnell, will address a comprehensive strategy for Russel Wright’s design in the Woodland Garden.
Village of Watkins Glen
Grant of $3,269 toward the cost of completing a nomination to the State and National Registers of Historic Places for downtown Watkins Glen. The project, which supports the on-going revitalization work in this Finger Lakes community, will result in a historic district nomination of 30 to 40 late 19th to early 20th century buildings, thus opening the door to new opportunities including State tax credit programs for commercial and residential properties. The work will be completed by the firm of Johnson-Schmidt and Associates of Corning and is the first Preserve New York funded project in the county.
Jewish Federation of Ulster County
Grant of $9,000 for a Historic Structure Report at the Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History, at the Reher Bakery. The Reher Bakery building is a circa 1885, Italianate mixed-use structure on a prominent corner leading down to the Rondout. There is a storefront on the first floor and two apartments on the 2nd and 3rd floors, all with historic details almost entirely intact. The Reher Bakery had been a cornerstone of the Rondout and a bakery for most of the twentieth century. The Reher Center for Immigrant Culture and History has evolved with the goal of telling the stories of Kingston’s immigrant culture, up through today. As their literature states, “The story of the Reher family is the story of many immigrant groups that established roots in the burgeoning Rondout areas, working on the canal and in the stone quarries, brickyards, and boat yards.” This Historic Structure Report, to be completed by Marilyn Kaplan of Preservation Architecture, will inform an interpretation and restoration plan for the Reher Bakery building.