Preserve New York Grants - 2018
The Preserve New York grant program is a partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League, made possible with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided additional support for projects in New York City, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties.
At its 2018 meeting, the Preserve New York grant panel selected 31 applicants in 20 counties to receive support totaling $251,616. Many of these grants will lead to historic district designation or expansion, allowing property owners to take advantage of New York State and Federal Historic Tax Credits. With the announcement of the 2018 awards, support provided by Preserve New York since its launch in 1993 totals more than $2.6 million to 407 projects statewide.
Grants are listed below by county.
.Preserve New York, a signature grant program of the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) and the Preservation League of New York State, provides support for historic structure reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural resource surveys.
An applicant must be a 501c3 not-for-profit group or a unit of local government. State agencies and religious institutions are not eligible to apply. The program requires a 20% cash match toward the total project cost. 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 (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
For more information or to discuss your application, please contact the League’s Manager of Technical and Grant Programs .
Nanticoke Valley Historical Society of Maine NY - $5,682
Norton Wagon Shops Building Condition Report
The Norton Wagon Shops date from 1840 and the site is an example of an early cottage industry in a rural setting. The shops stayed in the Norton family until 1920 and were used to manufacture wagons, carriages, and sleighs. The Nanticoke Valley Historical Society of Maine NY took ownership of the buildings in 1978 and has been working to maintain and preserve them ever since. Situated next to Nanticoke Creek, the property is prone to flooding. Moisture has degraded some of the support beams, and the roofs have been replaced. A $5,682 Preserve New York Grant will enable the historical society to hire Chianis and Anderson Architects of Binghamton to create a Building Condition Report of the Norton Wagon Shops and develop a plan for preservation and maintenance.
Aurora Masonic Center - $11,914
Scipio Masonic Lodge No. 110 Historic Structure Report
The Scipio Masonic Lodge No. 110 was built in 1819 by Jacop Hovey. The Grand Master and Governor DeWitt Clinton laid the cornerstone for this building. In 2004, the Board of Regents granted a charter to the Aurora Masonic Center Historical Society. Their goal is to preserve and maintain the historic lodge building and educate the public about the history of Aurora and Freemasonry. The society took ownership of Masonic Lodge 110 in 2010, and five years later completed a condition report, resulting in a preservation plan. An $11,914 Preserve New York grant will enable the Aurora Masonic Center to hire Crawford & Stearns Architects and Preservation Planners of Syracuse to complete a Historic Structure Report of the Lodge to inform plans for restoration of the façade, exterior siding, and the historic Lodge room on the second floor.
Jamestown Renaissance Corporation - $9,228
Forest Heights District Intensive Level Survey
Jamestown’s Forest Heights neighborhood retains a number of buildings associated with local luminaries, including former Governor Reuben E. Fenton. The neighborhood boasts a mix of Greek Revival, Colonial Revival, Queen Anne and vernacular residences, but in recent years, many have fallen prey to disinvestment, deferred maintenance, insensitive rental conversion and demolition. Some neighborhood residents have improved their homes with help from the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation’s matching grant programs, but access to historic tax credits will help homeowners protect their investments. A $9,228 Preserve New York grant will enable the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation to hire Bero Architecture PLLC of Rochester to complete an Intensive Level Survey of the Forest Heights Neighborhood. The survey will help to determine eligibility for a nomination to the State and National Register of Historic Places which, if successful, would expand the availability of historic tax credits for approved repairs to older buildings.
Elmira College - $2,800
Mark Twain Study Historic Structure Report
The Mark Twain Study was erected in 1874 by Twain’s sister-in-law, while Twain and his family spent their summers at Quarry Farm in Elmira. Originally, the study building was situated about 100 yards away from the main house, in a grove of trees on a small hill. Here he wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court (1889) and many other works. The study is now on the campus of Elmira College and while well maintained, would benefit from a Historic Structure Report. A $2,800 Preserve New York grant will enable the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College to hire Johnson-Schmidt Associates, Architects of Corning to complete a report including a current condition analysis, history of the structure, treatment and work recommendations, potential estimates of project costs, extensive photographic documentation, and measured drawings.
Dutchess County Art Association d/b/a Barrett Art Center - $15,650
Barrett Art Center Historic Structure Report Phase II
The Dutchess County Art Association (DCAA) was formed in 1935 by Works Progress Administration artist Thomas Weeks Barrett, Jr. to provide a professional society for regional artists, and to foster public appreciation of the arts. In 1974, Barrett’s sister willed the family’s 1840s Greek Revival townhouse to the organization to “contribute to the appreciation and understanding of art.” Today, at the Barrett Art Center (BAC), DCAA provides dynamic public programming, art classes, and research materials to the community. Two previous grants from the League have supported the cost of a condition assessment of the roof and Phase I of a Historic Structure Report. Now, a $15,650 Preserve New York grant will enable the Barrett Art Center to hire Marilyn Kaplan to complete Phase II of the Historic Structure Report. These three reports will inform preservation, maintenance and interpretation of the building for future years to come.
Thousand Island Park Landmark Society - $9,000
Thousand Island Park Intensive Level Survey
Thousand Island Park is a community in Jefferson County with 350 cottages, five public buildings (a Tabernacle, library, hotel, pavilion, and chapel) and public green space on the St. Lawrence River. The park is rooted in the revival meetings of the Second Great Awakening and was founded by Methodists in 1875. Five late 19th and early 20th century cottage architectural styles are prevalent in the park, and while much of the architecture and community has been maintained, fire is a constant threat and has destroyed several important resources. The Thousand Island Park Landmark Society first surveyed and documented the community in 1982 resulting in listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Now, additional resources are eligible for inclusion in the historic district such as public spaces and boathouses. A $9,000 Preserve New York grant will enable the Society to complete an updated State and National Register of Historic Places designation form and foster appreciation for this charming historic community.
Caledonia Library - $2,680
Caledonia Library Building Condition Report
The Caledonia Library building was built in 1826 as a post office, later served as a bank, and then an apothecary. Converted to a library in 1873, it has served the community as such ever since. The Library Association is committed to conserving the structure and the library resources. Administrators are planning a library expansion to increase the capacity for service but wish to respect the building’s integrity. This expansion will modernize the library and provide community resources, make the building handicapped accessible, create a community meeting room, modern restrooms, enhance technology and expand its holdings of books and other media. This project will make library the cornerstone of the community, as originally envisioned. A $2,680 Preserve New York Grant will enable the Caledonia Library to hire Bero Architecture of Rochester to complete a Building Condition Report to lay the groundwork for repairs and expansion.
Village of Avon - $10,000
Village of Avon Reconnaissance Level Survey
The rural village of Avon is located near Western New York’s historic railroad corridors and Routes 5 and 20. The village center is an oval public green, ringed by a mix of 19th and 20th century residential, commercial, and public buildings. Avon once had a thriving hotel and spa trade with attractions like the National Register-listed Avon Inn, standardbred horse track and sulfur springs, but many historic resources are now threatened by vacancy and disrepair. Village officials would like to take advantage of the full range of financial incentives for historic preservation, and a $10,000 Preserve New York grant will enable them to hire Bero Architecture PLLC of Rochester to complete a Reconnaissance Level Survey. The survey will help to determine eligibility for a nomination to the State and National Register of Historic Places for one or more districts in the Village which, if successful, would expand the availability of historic tax credits for approved repairs to older buildings.
New York County
Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation - $12,000
526 LaGuardia Place (Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation) Building Condition Report
The Renee & Chaim Gross Foundation is headquartered at 526 LaGuardia Place in Manhattan. Designed by Joseph Dunn in 1873, the building has a storefront on the ground floor and lofts on the upper floors, and once served as Chaim Gross’s sculpture studio. Well-known in the Modern Art community for his large wooden sculptures, Gross worked alongside other Modernists such as Arthur Malsin and Don Reiman to alter the building to suit his needs. The building now houses his sculpture and tool collection, including African art and artifacts, paintings, books, and furniture. In 2017, the Foundation completed significant preservation work when water infiltration threatened the skylight in the sculptor’s studio, which revealed the need for careful evaluation of the entire building. A $12,000 Preserve New York grant will enable the Foundation to hire Jan Hird Pokorny Associates of New York City to complete a Building Condition Report, develop maintenance procedures and uncover other building issues before they cause damage.
Tompkins Corners Cultural Center - $9,600
Tompkins Corners Cultural Center Building Condition Report
The Tompkins Corners Cultural Center (TCCC) is located in the former Tompkins Corners Methodist Church, built in 1891 and designed by architect Robert Barker of Mahopac Mines. The building replaced a smaller church on the property and still retains original blue and gold stained glass windows, steeple and exterior cladding as well as rare interior hand stenciling. The Cultural Center took over the building in 2015 and has made great strides in renovating portions of the building. Volunteers and professional contractors have completed work inside the structure, but the building has never had a thorough inspection by an architectural firm or preservation professional. A $9,600 Preserve New York grant will enable the Tompkins Corners Cultural Center to hire Stephen Tilly Architects of Dobbs Ferry to complete a comprehensive Building Condition Report of the church building to inform a preservation and maintenance plan for the structure.
Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation - $8,000
Ridgewood Extension Neighborhood Reconnaissance Level Survey
In the early 20th century, the Ridgewood section of Queens was home to working-class German immigrants. The neighborhood retains historic rowhouses, model tenements, and mixed-use structures with commercial spaces on the ground floors and unaltered residential units on the upper floors. The nonprofit Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation blends historic preservation into its mission of community and neighborhood service, and works to ensure a safe and comfortable Ridgewood for all. The neighborhood is under threat by speculators and developers who buy buildings, force residents to leave, and dramatically alter their character. An $8,000 Preserve New York grant will enable the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation to hire Christopher Brazee of Troy to create a Reconnaissance Level Survey of the neighborhood. Previous surveys divided Ridgewood into very small historic districts, but a new survey could merge or enlarge these districts, offering more protection for the neighborhood’s historic charm.
Village of Pomona - $5,200
Pomona Cultural Center (Pig Knoll Schoolhouse) Building Condition Report
The Pomona Cultural Center, once known as the Pig Knoll Schoolhouse, was designed in 1914-15 by New York architect Walter Robb Wilder. The building is symmetrical and constructed of Rockland’s abundant glacial fieldstone. Since becoming the Pomona Cultural Center in 1951 it has become one of the Village’s premier historic resources and presents art and cultural events that are widely attended and loved by the community. Village officials are committed to maintenance and repair of this important historic building but are concerned about encroaching development. A $5,200 Preserve New York grant will enable the Village of Pomona to hire Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture & Preservation of Albany to complete a comprehensive Building Condition Report to help the Village discover any issues that must be mitigated while planning for the future.
Schenectady County Historical Society - $10,000
Brouwer-Rosa Historic Structure Report
The Brouwer House is one of the oldest houses in Schenectady, dating to c. 1730 but likely with even earlier roots. The building was donated to the Schenectady County Historical Society in 2016. The society operates several historic buildings in Schenectady and Rotterdam Junction and works to preserve and promote the history of the area through exhibitions, public programming and events. The Brouwer House is in the Stockade Historic District and is the only house in the district open to the public. A brief structural report indicates that the Brouwer House is stable, but architectural history documentation is required to better understand the home’s history and significance. A $10,000 Preserve New York grant will enable the society to hire Lacey Thaler Reilly Wilson Architecture & Preservation of Albany to complete a Historic Structure Report to inform an interpretive program to foster understanding of the importance of the Stockade Historic District.
Town of Horicon - $5,200
Heintzelman Library Building Condition Report
The Heintzelman Library was built in 1906-7 by local craftsmen J. Bennett and A. Jones and is listed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Its exterior features locally gathered stones and is an excellent example of a vernacular library. The Town of Horicon uses this space as an office for the Town Historian and maintains a public research center. The problems inherent in any aging building have been exacerbated by its location on Brant Lake, which has damaged its foundation and presents challenges for its future use. The town has made interim repairs to the Library over the years but seeks a better understanding of the structure. A $5,200 Preserve New York grant will enable the Town of Horicon to hire Rucinski Hall Architecture of Glens Falls to complete a comprehensive Building Condition Report to develop a preservation and maintenance plan for the future.
Rye Historical Society - $10,000
Knapp House Library & Archive Building Condition Report
The Knapp House Library & Archive Building at the Rye Historical Society is the oldest residential structure in Westchester County and illustrates three building styles used during the pre-colonial era. Construction on the house began in 1667, a sleeping loft was added between 1667-1680, a front room, parlor, and bedroom were added in 1749, and soon after a kitchen and lean-to were added to the back of the building. It retains its distinctive Saltbox shape and unusual fish-scale shingles on the roof. The Rye Historical Society has maintained this property for many years as a library and archive building. A $10,000 Preserve New York grant will enable the Rye Historical Society to hire Stephen Tilly Architects of Dobbs Ferry to complete a comprehensive Building Condition Report of the Knapp House to inform the development of a stewardship and maintenance plan.
Silver Lake Institute - $6,000
Epworth Hall Building Condition Report
Epworth Hall, built in 1892, was designed by architect Otis Dyer in the Colonial Revival style of an assembly hall. Its open wood beam and frame construction provides excellent natural acoustics. Epworth Hall’s 15-acre site was purchased in 1872 and named the Silver Lake Assembly, which was associated with the Genesee Camp Ground Association and the Methodist Church. Some twenty years ago, a grassroots group acquired Epworth Hall and has been using the building each summer for concerts, lectures, public programs, and their biannual “Chautauqua” conference weekend. In 2017, the group incorporated as a non-denominational nonprofit, The Silver Lake Institute. A $6,000 Building Condition Report will enable the Silver Lake Institute to hire Bero Architecture of Rochester to complete a comprehensive Building Condition Report to provide professional guidance in their ongoing efforts to correct years of deferred maintenance.