Grants through this year’s New York State Consolidated Funding Application process benefited not only the Preservation League itself, but a number of projects we have provided technical and grant assistance to over the last few years. Projects that received technical assistance, advocacy support, or a grant from the League, were successful in leveraging that support to secure major funding for their projects from New York State. Thank you to New York State, under the leadership of Governor Cuomo and the NYS Legislature, for making these funding opportunities available and supporting such important historic preservation projects.
Here are a few of the grant highlights announced on December 18:
The Preservation League received a commitment for $250,000 for rehabilitation of our headquarters building at 44 Central Avenue. Funding will go to restore the exterior of the historic Albany building dating to 1817 as well as to address structural and water infiltration issues
The City of Geneva secured a commitment for $400,000 for the rehabilitation of Parrott Hall. This is crucial to the future of that state-owned site and the League, as a part of the Parrott Hall Coalition that includes the Landmark Society of Western New York and the Friends of Parrott Hall, was instrumental in saving this building and securing this grant support.
- Ontario County received $20,000 for creation of a redevelopment plan of the Manchester Rail Yard, which includes the Manchester Roundhouse, a 2018 Seven to Save.
- The City of Binghamton received $75,000 for an historic structure report of the Stone Opera House, our 2010 Seven to Save.
- Friends of Historic Herkimer County received $239,500 for restoration at the Historic Herkimer County Jail, our 2005 Seven to Save.
- Pattern for Progress received $40,000 for a strategic plan for the Garner Historic District in Rockland County, a 2012 Seven to Save and 2014 Gratz Grant Recipient.
A number of colleagues received building-specific grants of note.
- Historic Ithaca received $367,000 for restoration of the Cascadilla Boathouse.
- Historic Saranac Lake received $500,000 for acquisition and restoration of the Trudeau Building, located next to our 2018 award winner the Hotel Saranac.
- Bard College received $300,000 to restore the façade of Montgomery Place, a project we supported with a letter of support.
A number of groups that have received Preserve New York (PNY) and TAG grants from the League used that support to leverage additional state funding.
- Roycroft Campus Corporation in East Aurora secured $50,000 for the restoration of the Copper Shop, a 2005 PNY grant recipient.
- Aurora Music Center in Cayuga County, a 2018 PNY grant recipient, received $168,525 to complete a Historic Structures Report, drainage study, archeological survey and preservation plan guide its preservation.
- Klinkhart Hall in Sharon Springs, a 2017 TAG grant recipient, received $720,000 for restoration.
- Bethel Woods at the site of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, a 2013 PNY grant recipient, received $200,000 to expand audience capacity.
- Fort Ticonderoga Association which received TAG and PNY funding in 2014 received $300,000 to develop a marketing plan.
- Huguenot Historical Society in New Paltz, which received TAG grants in 2015 and 2016 along with a PNY grant in 2008, received $37,000 for a master plan.
- Old Westbury Gardens which received PNY grants in 2007 and 2017, received $500,000 for restoration of the Westbury House roof.
Congratulations to all of the grant recipients!