2014-12-16 Landmark Alerts

Submit your session proposals for the 2015 NY Statewide Preservation Conference


The New York Statewide Preservation Conference is set for April 16-18, 2015 in the lakeside city of Geneva. This year’s theme, The Art of Preservation: Painting Your Community’s Future, is partially inspired by our Conference headquarters—the restored Smith Opera House. But this year’s theme goes beyond the arts—historic preservation is an art form unto itself. Each building, each landscape, each community that we seek to revive requires a unique approach involving partnerships, funding sources and creative problem-solving. And, of course, the buildings, structures and landscapes that we seek to preserve are all works of art in and of themselves.

We want to hear how you and your community have adopted the art of preservation. Session proposals on a wide variety of preservation and community revitalization related topics are welcome, including but not limited to: maintaining historic buildings; historic landscapes; economic development; Main Street revitalization; heritage tourism; community activism; planning; building reuse case studies, etc. All proposals are due by Tuesday, January 6th at 11:59 PM.

>>Click here to complete the submission form.

Travel Tour: Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob and the Best of Pittsburgh

September 17 – 20, 2015

Image by Robert P. Ruschak, courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy
Image by Robert P. Ruschak, courtesy of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy

It should be on your bucket list. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is a masterpiece. But no matter how many pictures you’ve seen of it, nothing compares to walking through its rooms, hearing the rush of water beneath the balcony, and strolling down the wooded path to witness this iconic view with your own two eyes. But there’s much more to this trip: the lesser known but equally amazing Wright designed Kentuck Knob, opening night of the Pittsburgh Symphony (after dining in their elegant Mozart Room) rides on the Monongahela Incline Railroad, the Nationality Rooms at the Cathedral of Learning (classrooms designed to celebrate Pittsburgh’s many immigrant cultures) dinner in a former church turned gastropub, and much more. Last year’s travel tour sold out – click here to learn more and for a detailed description of the itinerary.

Preservation Grant Fund: Application deadline 01.09.15


We are now accepting applications for the second round of funding for our Preservation Grant Fund program. Applications will be due by 5:00 PM on Friday, January 9, 2015. 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. >>Visit our website for details.

Chautauqua Amphitheater project

The Chautauqua Institute has been calling the upgrade of the historic amphitheater a rehab project when it is a full scale demolition. However, it is not too late to save a piece of our American history which has been central to the CI’s campus for more than 120 years. Click here to read our letter to CI’s Chairman. Visit www.savetheamp.org to learn more and to sign the petition.