Preservation Grant Fund Deadline: August 4th

Applications are now available for our next round of funding. Launched in September 2012, The Landmark Society’s Preservation Grant Fund program offers funds for preliminary design and planning studies to help make positive improvements to at-risk buildings. The program was initially funded through a bequest from Elizabeth (Libby) Stewart. Libby was a longtime Landmark Society staff member who was dedicated to the revitalization of neighborhoods and historic structures.

The Preservation Grant Fund provides initial “start-up” funding to assist in saving historic resources. The grant will not pay for any “bricks and mortar” work. Only pre-construction services are eligible for funding. Specific use of funds is flexible. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • code compliance studies
  • construction estimates
  • visual project renderings
  • measured drawings
  • cost comparisons

Recent grant recipients have included: Jefferson Avenue 7th Day Adventist Church in Rochester; 6 Madison St. in Rochester; and the Old Town Hall in Orangeville.

The amount of each request may not exceed $3,500. It is anticipated that the average gift will be approximately $2,500.

Contact Caitlin Meives to discuss your project and obtain an application. Applications will be due Friday, August 4, 2017.

For more information, visit the Preservation Grant Fund page.

Good news for Five to Revive

Hillside Cemetery and Chapel receives funding from NYS REDC

Last week, we had fantastic news about one of our 2014 Five to Revive properties, the Hillside Cemetery and Chapel in Orleans County: the Town of Clarendon was awarded $126,210 from the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council to help fund much-needed repairs to the Cemetery Chapel. Funding will come through the NYS Office of Parks Recreation & Historic Preservation.

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Since its inclusion on the Five to Revive, Landmark staff have been working with local preservation advocates and Town of Clarendon officials to find funding for repairs to the Chapel, to draw attention to the site, and to find creative, economically viable new uses for the building. The grant project will restore the non-denominational chapel and help repurpose it for new, public uses. Anticipated uses include: concerts, historical and art exhibits, and lectures.

Our hats go off to the preservationists (most notably Orleans County resident, Erin Anheier who was also instrumental in saving the Clarendon Stone Store) who have spearheaded this effort. Irreplaceable historic resources like this could not be saved without their hard work and determination.

For more information, check out Tom Rivers’ article about the grant at the Orleans Hub.

Cattaraugus County Memorial & Historical Building

Two weeks ago, Landmark staff and preservation advocates with the group Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (CAMP) were blindsided by an announcement from the Department of Public Works Committee of the Cattaraugus County legislature informing us that there would be no further discussion about reuse of the Memorial Building and that a resolution for demolition would be put before the full legislature the following week.

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Luckily, CAMPers were able to quickly rally the support of some key legislators and the vote to demolish was defeated last week. For more information, check out these two articles by Rick Miller in the Olean Times Herald.

County pulls the plug on C.A.M.P. preservation efforts

Lawmakers grant reprieve to Civil War Monument

As one of our current Five to Revive, Landmark staff are actively working with CAMP members to save this unique building that was constructed to honor veterans of the Civil War. Our Preservation Grant Fund helped fund a preservation plan for the property and we continue to advocate for a thorough and well-reasoned exploration of economically viable new uses.

We are hopeful that the County will be open to considering alternatives. In the meantime, it is important that County legislators hear from their constituents that this is an important issue. If you are a resident of Cattaraugus County, please reach out to your legislators and let them know that you don’t want to see taxpayer money used to demolish an irreplaceable veterans war memorial. If you know someone who is a resident of Cattaraugus County, please encourage them to contact their County representatives.

Wollensack Optical Company building on the market

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This former factory building on Hudson Avenue in the city of Rochester has just recently hit the market. Although the building has been long-vacant, it is ripe for adaptive reuse. It is listed with Michael Quinn of Mission Commercial Realty. Click here to see the listing.

ROC the Day! Support preservation projects!

>>Click here to become a ROCstar and help support our efforts to save historic places through the Preservation Grant Fund. 

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On Tuesday, December 1st, our community will come together to ROC the Day, and we at The Landmark Society hope to make it a huge success. ROC the Day is a 24-hour giving opportunity to support all eligible not-for-profits in the nine-county Greater Rochester area. Community members are encouraged to visit ROCtheDay.org, a secure online giving platform, to contribute to any participating not-for-profit organization. All money given during ROC the Day stays local. Donors have the ability make an impact by giving to one or multiple organizations to support their personal philanthropic passions. Donors and not-for-profits can share their investment with friends, family, co-workers and social networks to increase awareness for this community-wide effort.

Once again, we’re directing all funds raised during ROC the Day to our Preservation Grant Fund program. Begun in 2012, this crucial program provides grants to municipalities, not-for-profits, community organizations, and potential developers to help get rehab projects off the ground. In a very real way, it helps save historic places across our region.

We wanted to show you the types of projects that you could help fund with your donation. Below are a sampling of past grant recipients…

Local preservationists and Landmark Society staff in front of the Sampson Theater, a 2013 Five to Revive property.

Local preservationists and Landmark Society staff in front of the Sampson Theater, a 2013 Five to Revive property.

Sampson Theatre – Penn Yan
One of our 2013 Five to Revive properties, the Sampson Theatre is owned by the Pennsylvania Yankee Theatre. Though the building is currently mostly a shell of its former self, PYTCo plans to rehab it into a fully functional theater space. A $2600 grant from The Landmark Society helped them complete their Master Plan, which will guide fundraising and planning efforts.

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Huron Grange Hall – Huron
Included in our 2015 Five to Revive, the former Huron Grange Hall has been largely unused and vacant for years. Its interior and exterior, however, remain in remarkably original condition, with loads of beadboard, original lighting fixtures, original windows, etc. This special historic building calls for maintenance and repair and plans for future use that can help generate revenue for repairs and maintenance. An award of $3,000 from our most recent round of funding will help the Town complete a condition report to plan for sensitive repairs and updating.

Interior meeting space in the Huron Grange.

Interior meeting space in the Huron Grange.

54.5 Madison St., before rehab.

54.5 Madison St., before rehab.

54.5 Madison St. – Rochester
Simply put, without The Landmark Society’s intervention and funding this little cottage in the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood would not have been saved. Our grant program’s very first award went to the City of Rochester to fund architectural plans for the rehabilitation of this building.

Although the Preservation Grant Fund program is relatively small (our maximum award is $3500), it has a huge impact. So, whatever amount you can donate, know that it will make a difference to an irreplaceable historic building or site in our region.

>>Click here to become a ROCstar and help support our efforts to save historic places through the Preservation Grant Fund. 

And THANK YOU for your support!

ROCsgivingAt the end of the day on December 1st, our Young Urban Preservationists invite you to join them, Foodlink, and Gilda’s Club Rochester for ROCsgiving: A Collaborative Happy Hour celebrating ROC the Day. On a day where organizations across the Rochester area are ‘competing’ for donor dollars, we hope this ends the day with a sense of community and collaboration…we are, after all, all working towards the same thing…bettering our community! >>Click here for event details on Facebook. 

 

Preservation Grant Fund deadline

Applications are now available for our next round of funding. Launched in September, 2012, The Landmark Society’s Preservation Grant Fund program offers funds for preliminary design and planning studies to help make positive improvements to at-risk buildings. The program was initially funded through a bequest from Elizabeth (Libby) Stewart. Libby was a longtime Landmark Society staff member who was dedicated to the revitalization of neighborhoods and historic structures.CanalSt_Lyons__image

The Preservation Grant Fund provides initial “start-up” funding to assist in saving historic resources. The grant will not pay for any “bricks and mortar” work. Only pre-construction services are eligible for funding. Specific use of funds is flexible. Examples of eligible projects include:

  • code compliance studies
  • construction estimates
  • visual project renderings
  • measured drawings
  • cost comparisons

CAMP-2015grantRecent grant recipients have included a $2,500 grant to the Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (CAMP), a local citizen group formed to stop plans to demolish The Cattaraugus County Memorial & Historical Building in Little Valley, NY to fund a preliminary preservation plan; and a $1500 grant to the Lyons Main Street Program (LMSP) to produce a feasibility study and architectural services for a downtown commercial building.

The amount of each request may not exceed $3,500. It is anticipated that the average gift will be approximately $2,500.

Contact Caitlin Meives to discuss your project and obtain an application. Applications will be due Friday, July 10th, 2015.

2nd Round 2014-15 grants

The Landmark Society’s Preservation Grant Fund committee recently awarded a second round of grants for the 2014-15 fiscal year. The Preservation Grant Fund provides resources for preliminary design and planning studies to help make positive improvements to at-risk buildings. Awards have been earmarked for the following sites:

A $2,500 grant to the Citizens Advocating Memorial Preservation (CAMP), a local citizen group formed to stop plans to demolish The Cattaraugus County Memorial & Historical Building in Little Valley, NY. The Cattaraugus County Legislature has been considering demolition of this unique building, which is a rare example of a war memorial executed as a building, not just a monument (let us know if you know of other war memorial buildings in upstate NY). Landmark Society staff have been advising local advocates who want to see alternative options explored before jumping to demolition. Once the home of the county’s history museum and Board of Elections, the building has been vacant for a number of years. Although some basic maintenance and repairs are needed, the interior remains remarkably intact.

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The grant funds will be used to develop a preliminary preservation plan for the 100 year old building dedicated to Civil War Veterans. The work will be performed by Clinton Brown Company, which specializes in renewing historic buildings.

 

A $1500 grant to the Lyons Main Street Program (LMSP), a designated Main Street program in the Western Erie Canal Alliance (WECA) Main Street Program. Supported by the Town, Village and community, the program is striving to preserve and restore the many historic buildings in the core of the Main Street area. Funds will be used to produce a feasibility study and architectural services for a downtown commercial building on Canal Street. The work will be performed by In. Site: Architecture.

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The Preservation Grant Fund committee will consider applications again after the conclusion of the current fiscal year, in July, 2015.

Grants to Fund Improvement Initiatives For Historic Buildings and Resources

Grants earmarked for Five to Revive site Former Trinity Episcopal Church and four other sites

A grant from The Landmark Society of Western New York will help to advance the revitalization of the Former Trinity Episcopal Church in Seneca Falls, one of the 2014 Five to Revive historic sites determined by The Landmark Society to be in need of targeted revitalization. The Preservation Grant Fund provides funds for preliminary design and planning studies to help make positive improvements to at-risk buildings. Awards have also been earmarked for four other sites. The complete list of grants includes:

 A $3,200 grant to the Elizabeth Cady Stanton Foundation on behalf of Seneca Falls Historic Preservation Association for conditions assessment & architectural drawings of the Former Trinity Episcopal Church, 10-14 Bayard St, Seneca Falls.

Image courtesy of Richard Margolis

Image courtesy of Richard Margolis

 A $2000 grant for a condition report for the Macedon Academy, 1185 Macedon Center Road, Macedon, NY – home of the Macedon Historical Society and Museum

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

 A $2000 grant to assist in funding a condition report on the roof of the Grace United Methodist Church, 121 Driving Park Avenue in Rochester.

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

 A $2000 grant for condition report of the Salem United Church of Christ, 60 Bittner St. in Rochester.

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

 An $1800 grant for condition report of the Wiley Schoolhouse, 893 Wiley Rd., Savannah, NY

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

Image courtesy of the Landmark Society

The Landmark Society’s grant committee considers applications quarterly or as funding is available. The program’s goal is to help kickstart preservation projects that can have a positive impact on their surrounding communities. “Our efforts are focused on sustaining and enhancing the cultural and economic vitality of Western New York by bringing new life to historic buildings and resources and ensuring they are present and contributing for generations to come,” said Caitlin Meives, Landmark Society Preservation Planner.

Initial funding for the Preservation Grant Fund was made possible by a generous bequest from Elizabeth (Libby) Stewart. Stewart was a longtime Landmark Society staff member who was dedicated to the revitalization of neighborhoods and historic structures. Generous donations to The Landmark Society provide ongoing funding. This last round of funding was the most competitive to date, according to Meives, more than $23,000 in funds were requested.

Grant Awards Announced

We are pleased to announce the recipients for the first round of The Landmark Society’s 2013-14 Preservation Grant Fund. Preservation Grant Fund awards are earmarked for preliminary design and planning studies to help make positive improvements to at-risk buildings.

The latest recipients include:

The former Pratt Opera Theater on Main Street in the village of Albion will receive $2000 to assist in funding pre-construction engineering documents/drawings on the building.

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Providence Housing Development Corporation received $1000 to assist in funding conceptual architectural drawings for the rehabilitation of the Pulaski Library at 1151 Hudson Avenue in Rochester. The Pulaski Library is one of The Landmark Society’s Five to Revive properties.

Pulaski Library [photo courtesy Richard Margolis]

Pulaski Library [photo courtesy Richard Margolis]

The Church of God and Saints of Christ at 19 Harrison St. in Rochester (the former Leopold Street Shul) will receive $2000 to assist in funding a conditions report.

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The Genesee Baptist Church at 149 Brooks Avenue will receive $2000 to assist in funding a conditions report on the church’s roof and tower.

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Initial funding for the Preservation Grant Fund was made possible by a generous bequest from Elizabeth (Libby) Stewart. Stewart was a longtime Landmark Society staff member who was dedicated to the revitalization of neighborhoods and historic structures. Generous donations to The Landmark Society’s 75th Anniversary fund raising campaign provide ongoing funding.

Third Round of Grant Recipients Announced

We are pleased to announce the recipients in the third round of funding for our new Preservation Grant Fund program.The Preservation Grant Program offers funds earmarked for preliminary design and planning studies to help make positive improvements to at-risk buildings.

These grants are for projects that epitomize our mission to sustain and enhance the cultural and economic vitality of Western New York by bringing new life to historic buildings and resources and ensuring that they are present and contributing for generations to come.

The latest recipients include:

The Victor Historical Society is receiving $1000 to assist in funding Phase I of a conditions report for the historic Valentown Hall in Victor.

Photo courtesy Victor Historical Society

Photo courtesy Victor Historical Society

Elim Bible Institute is receiving $1500 to fund a conditions report targeting the roof and associated issues as a first step towards future repairs and upgrades to College Hall and Elim Bible Institute’s other historic buildings in Lima.

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The Town of Burns will receive $3000 to fund an architectural/feasibility study of the former Kingston Hotel in the village of Canaseraga.

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Initial funding for the Preservation Grant Fund was made possible by a generous bequest from Elizabeth (Libby) Stewart. Stewart was a longtime Landmark Society staff member who was dedicated to the revitalization of neighborhoods and historic structures. So far, we have awarded more than $10,000 in grants including grants to the City of Rochester for a home on Madison St.; the Susan B. Anthony Neighborhood Association for the church building at 660 West Main Street and the Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society. The Grant Committee will consider applications again in July, 2013. For more information about the program, contact Larry Francer or Caitlin Meives.