Nominations Sought for Historic Preservation Awards

The Preservation League of New York State is seeking nominations for its 2011 Excellence in Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize significant achievements in historic preservation throughout New York State. The postmark deadline for nominations is February 18, 2011. The awards will be presented during the Preservation League’s Annual Meeting on May 12, 2011 in New York City at the historic New York Yacht Club.

&#8220Given the growing concern about the economy and the environment, about jobs and sustainability, historic preservation is more relevant now than ever,&#8221 said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. &#8220In New York State, preservation and reuse of our historic buildings is fundamental to the economic revitalization of our cities, towns, and villages. The restoration of our historic neighborhoods, Main Streets, and underutilized buildings creates jobs, provides housing, promotes tourism, stimulates private investment, and conserves energy, resources, and open space. Our annual Awards program allows us to share preservation success stories that may one day serve as inspiration to others.&#8221

To download nomination forms, visit the Preservation League’s website at www.preservenys.org.

The 2010 Excellence Award recipients were: William S. Hackett Middle School, Albany- The Belmont Hotel, Allegany County- Walkway over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie- The Guaranty Building, Buffalo- The American Museum of Natural History, 77th Street Facades, New York- Empire State Building Lobby Restoration, New York- Oswego Public Library, Oswego- West Hall at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. Looking for Work: Industrial Archeology in Columbia County, New York by Peter H. Stott (Syracuse University Press, 2007) will be honored as an outstanding publication. Senator David Valesky and Assemblymember Sam Hoyt, Legislative sponsors of the New York State Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, will be honored for individual excellence.

For additional information please contact the Preservation League at 518-462-5658 x17- or by email at awards@preservenys.org.

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