Technical Assistance Grants - 2016
The Preservation League of New York State offered the 2016 Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program to strong statewide demand. Eligible groups compete for funds for technical studies carried out by preservation and design professionals including building conditions surveys, engineering/structural analyses, feasibility/reuse studies and specialized building conservation studies.
The Spring 2016 grant round awarded $28,600 to ten projects in ten counties. Each successful applicant is providing a $500 match.
The Technical Assistance Grant Program is a signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), and the Preservation League of New York State with additional support provided by the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.
The Preservation League of New York State launched the Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) program in 2012 to support discrete projects that preserve New York State’s cultural and historic resources.Grants of up to $3,000 are available to not-for-profit arts and cultural groups and municipalities managing historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions that are located in historic buildings and structures open to the public.
The Technical Assistance 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.
For more information or to discuss your application, please contact the League’s Director of Preservation.
Roxbury Arts Group, Inc. - $3,000
Building Condition Survey
The Roxbury Arts Group offers contemporary and dynamic arts programming and is dedicated to making the arts an integral part of life in the Catskills. The group also administers NYSCA decentralization grants to provide funding for artists, art projects and art programs in Delaware County schools and communities.The organization operates in a former YMCA building constructed in 1911, which suffered extensive damage during Tropical Storms Irene and Lee in 2011. Following post-flood repairs, the organization is planning for the building’s future. A grant of $3,000 will enable the Roxbury Arts Group to prioritize. Dadras Architects of Liberty will complete the survey.
Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village - $3,000
Hoover House Specialized Conservation Study
The Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village is a house museum and living history site focused on agriculture. The 35-acre site includes 11 buildings, a heritage farmstead, and a 25,000 square foot exhibit and collections building. The Hoover House, once owned by local businessman George Hoover, was rescued from abandonment and relocated to the Heritage Village campus. A $3,000 grant will support the cost of an exterior paint analysis to establish a historically accurate color scheme for the house, which will enable the organization to plan for restoration and interpretation. Working with Clinton Brown Company Architecture of Buffalo, Walter Furlan of Hamilton, Ontario will complete the paint analysis.
Rochester Arts Center d/b/a Genesee Center for the Arts & Education - $3,000
Hose Tower Building Condition Survey
The Genesee Center for the Arts and Education in Rochester has served an important cultural function since 1970. It began as a community arts center offering classes, exhibitions, studio facilities, residencies, outreach programs and community events. The Center is housed on Monroe Avenue in a former brick firehouse that was built in two sections in 1895 and 1905. Although the building has not been used as a firehouse since the 1960s, its occupants have kept its original form intact. A $3,000 grant will support an assessment of the firehouse hose tower, which the organization wishes to preserve as part of the building’s history. Pardi Partnership Architects of Rochester will complete the assessment.
Brothertown Association - $3,000
O & W Railway Passenger and Cargo Depot Feasibility Reuse Study
Brothertown Association, a history-based organization in Deansboro, has assumed the responsibility of fully restoring the O & W Railway Passenger and Cargo Depot for future use. In time, the rehabilitated structure will serve as a year-round community center for railroad history enthusiasts, museum visitors, the Town of Marshall Historical Society, and the local arts and crafts scene. A $3,000 grant will enable the association to retain Crawford & Stearns Architects & Preservation Planners of Syracuse to complete a feasibility/reuse study and conditions assessment so Brothertown can plan for rehabilitation and use of the depot.
Naples Historical Society - $3,000
Naples Red Mill Engineering/Structural Analysis
The Naples Historical Society is a volunteer organization that provides educational programming, events, and exhibits that focus on the history of Naples and the surrounding area. The Naples Red Mill played an important role in the history of the development of Naples Village, and now holds hundreds of historic artifacts. The Society plans to use the space as an interpretive museum. The Red Mill has a number of structural issues including broken beams and cracking in the foundation. A $3,000 grant will enable MRB Group of Rochester to conduct an engineering/structural analysis of the Mill to help the Historical Society prioritize repairs for the safety of future occupants.
National Temple Hill Association - $3,000
Colonial Stone House Building Condition Survey
For 86 years, the National Temple Hill Association has promoted the significance of the Mid-Hudson Valley – especially in Revolutionary War History – in Orange County and beyond.
The group hosts lectures, publishes books, and coordinates special events and living history demonstrations, and owns the Colonial Stone House, a 261-year old property and exemplar of 18th-century Dutch Colonial design. The structure served as Military Headquarters for General Horatio Gates, Major General Arthur St. Clair, and a supply depot during the Revolutionary War. The Association rescued the building after years of vacancy and misuse. A $3,000 grant will enable Landmark Consulting of Albany to complete a building condition assessment to guide restoration.
Sand Lake Center for the Arts - $2,100
Circle Theater Players Building Condition Survey
The Sand Lake Center for the Arts operates out of the iconic Circle Theater Players Building in Averill Park and provides unique arts-based services for people in the community and beyond. The building, constructed in 1835, initially served as the First Presbyterian Church of Greenbush. Following decommissioning, it served as the Averill Park town hall and appears on the town seal. The Center has plans to repaint the exterior of the Theater building. A $2,100 grant will support the cost of an exterior condition analysis to identify potential problems and areas of deterioration. Troy Architectural Program will complete the analysis, and the Center will be better prepared to care for this important cultural resource.
Finger Lakes Boating Museum - $3,000
Taylor Wine Company Building #5 Building Condition Survey
The Finger Lakes Boating Museum in Hammondsport was founded to preserve the rich history of boat building and boating activity in the region through workshops, special events, and other educational programs. Although the institution was chartered in 1997, the FLBM did not have a place to call its own until 2014, when it moved into the former Taylor Wine Company buildings donated by the Mercury Aircraft Corporation. A $3,000 grant will enable the museum to retain Bero Architecture of Rochester to survey the condition of the Taylor Wine Company Building #5, a concrete block industrial structure. The museum plans to rehabilitate Building #5 into a boat-building workshop and classroom space.
State Theater of Ithaca, Inc. - $2,500
State Theater Feasibility Reuse Study
The State Theater in Ithaca was built in 1915, and originally served as an auto garage and dealership. The structure was converted to a theater in the 1920s and is now a New York State Landmark and National Register-listed site. The building seats approximately 1,600 and has served as the heart of Ithaca’s cultural scene for 86 years. The building’s climate control system dates back to 1936 and is beyond repair. A $2,500 grant will enable Taitem Engineering of Ithaca to complete a feasibility study for installation of a new air conditioning system that will not compromise the theater’s historic integrity. Modern climate control is the first step in a plan for further upgrades so the theater can continue to be enjoyed by the community.
Historic Huguenot Street - $3,000
Freer-Louw House Specialized Conservation Study
Historic Huguenot Street maintains a collection of original Huguenot properties in New Paltz; the properties were added to the National Register as a National Historic Landmark district in the 1960s. Today, the organization provides tours and museum exhibits, educational programs, and special events and maintains the buildings. In 2011, preservation consultants Crawford & Stearns and Larson Fisher Associates of Woodstock completed a Preserve New York-funded historic structure report for the Freer-Louw house on Huguenot Street. Several years later, moisture issues still plague the property despite attempts to mitigate them. A $3,000 grant will enable Crawford & Stearns to complete a follow-up study to specifically focus on moisture issues. Historic Huguenot Street plans to rehabilitate the building and re-open it to the public.
(The second grant round will be announced later this year.)