Special Citation: St. Januarius Catholic Church

The Landmark Society’s 2014 Preservation Awards will be presented this year at a special event on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. in Rochester’s historic City Hall, the spectacular Richardsonian Romanesque landmark located downtown at 30 Church Street. The Awards are given each year to individuals and organizations in our nine-county area who have made outstanding efforts in the preservation of their homes, historic properties, and landscapes. In anticipation of the upcoming Awards Ceremony we will be featuring some of this year’s award winners.

A Special Citation provides recognition for projects that do not fit into other categories or recognizes outstanding individual or group accomplishments in the field of historic preservation.

St. Januarius Catholic Church
Main St., village of Naples, Ontario County

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

We honor the parish of Our Lady of the Lakes for the care of St. Januarius Catholic Church in the village of Naples. Established in 1876 by local residents of mostly German heritage, this congregation commissioned Rochester architect James Johnson to create their present house of worship in 1965-’66.

One of Johnson’s earliest projects to use cast concrete panels fabricated on-site, the church features bold design and innovative construction. The signature windows are formed by dozens of round openings in the concrete panels. Each opening is set with a roundel of brightly colored glass, through which light streams into the main sanctuary to dramatic effect during daylight hours.

Image courtesy of the landmark society

Image courtesy of the landmark society

A sensitive rehabilitation of the church was completed in 2011 by LaBella Associates, which included a newly designed altar, improved accessibility and energy conservation features. One of the most photographed churches in the region, this remarkable building is an important example of Mid-Century Modern design in western New York.

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society


Window Restoration in Thousand Island Park

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at a recent window restoration project done by local craftsman (and former Landmark Society staff member), Steve Jordan. The project in the presentation below involved the repair and restoration of second floor windows in a commercial building in Thousand Island Park in Wellesley Island.

Thanks to Steve for sharing his work!

Looking for more information on the benefits of repairing your historic windows? The National Trust for Historic Preservation has a great windows resource page with links to outside resources, information on energy efficiency and weatherization, and the pros and cons of repair vs. replacement.

You can also check out the Historic Preservation & Weatherization toolkit, produced by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation.

What is really Sustainability???

Perceptions of Preservation

I was recently a part of Sustainability Symposium at Penn State University. It was a 3 hour long session where we had talks by the Director of Center of Sustainability at Penn, outstanding students who undertook sustainability efforts on campus and a question hour session. You can check them out at http://www.cfs.psu.edu/

We had long discussions about recycling paper, plastic, cans etc.. on campus, composting, using energy efficient devices, doing little things like switching off lights when going out of the building. It was an interesting session overall.

I was most appalled by the fact that in this long session, there was no mention of preservation at all. It was nowhere on their radar screens. This made me realize that how much work we have to do in this direction. When such significant issue is not a part of a leading research university’s agenda, then how can we even take it to local public and create awareness about it.

This makes me ponder what can preservationists do to tell the world that adaptively reusing a historic building is the most sustainable effort. This is sustainability! Does anyone know that just a single family home with an area of 1500 sqft has around 1050000 MBTUs of embodied energy in it? To find more such facts go to http://www.thegreenestbuilding.org/

With our 24th Annual Regional Preservation Conference at Palmyra, we are trying to unravel the myths about sustainability. To tell you exactly how reusing an old building is most sustainable. To learn more about it visit us at http://www.landmarksociety.org/section.html?id=1&uid=23&pageId=295

We look forward to having you with us on April 24′ 2010 in Palmyra. Do join us if you really want to know what is sustainability?

Image Source: www.ew.govt.nz

Posted by Nimisha Thakur, Preservation Associate