The Special Achievement Award recognizes accomplishments that have occurred over a lengthy period of time.
Historic Preservation Program Analyst for Rochester/Genesee Valley region, 1985 –2015
New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
A native of Rochester’s 19th Ward, Bob began his preservation work as a high school student, when he volunteered at The Landmark Society in the 1970s. Studies at Syracuse and Cornell universities led to a career in historic preservation. In 1978, he completed a Landmark Society internship, compiling documentation for two applications to the National Register of Historic Places: Richardson’s Canal House Inn and the Pultneyville Historic District. In 1985, Bob joined the field service division of the New York State Office of Historic Preservation. As a program analyst, his work took him throughout our region, where he coordinated Historic Resources Surveys, National Register nominations and preservation outreach to communities. Bob established connections with first-time preservation advocates, assisting them with navigating government programs and regulations. Bob’s methodical approach, combined with a razor-sharp sense of humor, established a record of preservation success stories. His commitment to historic preservation over three decades resulted in the revitalization of countless historic resources and neighborhoods throughout the western New York region.
Regional Director for Preservation and Grant Programs, 1989–2014
The Preservation League of New York State
A staff member of the Preservation League of New York State for over 25 years, Tania was the first fulltime employee of their newly created Technical Services program, when she joined their staff in 1989. During her time at the League, she helped countless New Yorkers to save the meaningful places in their communities, providing expertise, preservation strategies and boundless enthusiasm for New York’s historic places. She partnered with the New York State Council on the Arts, initiating some of the League’s most successful programs, including the Preserve New York Grant and the Preservation Colleagues program. She was also instrumental in establishing the Rural New York Grant and the League’s Upper Floors Workshop program. Tania coordinated nominations to the League’s “Seven to Save” program, which brings attention to historic properties that have the potential for rehabilitation. Tania has left a legacy of service and dedication to our region’s historic resources that will benefit these communities for many years to come.