Preserve New York Grants - 2013
At its 2013 meeting, the Preserve New York grant program (PNY) panel selected 13 applicants in nine counties to receive support totaling $100,000. Many of these grants will lead to historic district designation, which will allow property owners to take advantage of the New York State and Federal Tax Credits for repairs and improvements they make to their buildings. With the announcement of the 2013 awards, the total support provided by Preserve New York since its launch in 1993 is over $1.8 million to 292 projects statewide.
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.
Application Guidelines / Contact
Historic Albany Foundation - $3,500
Historic Building Inventory
Settled in 1624 and established in 1659, Albany is one of the state’s oldest cities. Albany has many remnants of its 17th and 18th century settlement, often encapsulated within later buildings and hidden in 19th and 20th century neighborhoods. The inventory will include early vernacular residential and commercial buildings, well-known landmarks and estate houses, along with the outbuildings and support buildings that go along with the estates. Consultants Don Rittner and Walter Wheeler will complete the survey, which will include a map and database.
Historic Districts Council, New York City - $6,000
The Bay Ridge neighborhood, listed as one of the Historic Districts Council’s 2012 Six to Celebrate, has a rich history, reflected in its diverse building types: large, early mansions, blocks of masonry rowhouses, historic apartment buildings, and commercial thoroughfares. Survey completion will aid local advocates in better understanding the historic context of the neighborhood and identify houses and blocks with historic architectural integrity. Consultant Jacqueline Peu-Davallon will complete the survey.
Landmark Society of Western New York, Rochester - $10,000
State and National Register Nominations
Up to four potential districts have been identified in Rochester’s 19th Ward, each including from three dozen to over 300 mostly residential properties. The area boasts late-19th to early 20th century residences, major public buildings, several small parks, and three commercial areas. The ward has blocks of solid Colonial Revival, Foursquare and Bungalow homes, some designed by prominent local architects. The project will be completed by Preservation Studios of Buffalo and TKS Historic Resources of Babylon. It is being carried out in partnership with the 19th Ward Community Association to foster improvements and greater stability in this historic multi-racial community.
City of Lockport, Lockport - $6,400
State and National Register Nomination
The proposed High Street-Locust Street Historic District includes approximately 120 primarily residential properties with especially notable examples of Italianate, Queen Anne and Colonial Revival design constructed of local brick. The area grew with the coming of the Erie Canal and then railroads, causing considerable industrial expansion. Lockport’s homes reflect both 19th century prosperity and long-term stability. The project, to be completed by Clinton Brown Company Architecture of Buffalo, will result in homeowner eligibility for use of New York State Tax Credit for needed rehabilitation projects.
Vale Cemetery Preservation, Inc. - $8,100
Historic Landscape Report
Vale Cemetery has a noteworthy collection of buildings, structures, headstones, and landscape features, including mature trees, a small lake, ravine, woods, headquarters house, and small private burial plots. Many of the meandering paths throughout the cemetery are overgrown due to maintenance limitations, although the area around the graves is always well-maintained. This historic landscape report, to be completed by landscape architect Robert Toole, will inform efforts to improve access through the cemetery and adjacent park.