The Landmark Society’s 2012 Preservation Awards will be presented this year at a special event on Sunday, November 4 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 this week’s Awards Ceremony, over the next few days we’ll be featuring some of this year’s award winners.
The Barber Conable Award recognizes a large-scale rehabilitation of an historic building in our region completed within the past two years. This includes buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places and projects utilizing the Federal Investment Tax Credit Program.
This year’s recipient of our major preservation award is Rochester’s City Hall. Constructed between 1885 and 1889 as the Federal Court House and Post Office, this magnificent Richardsonian Romanesque building has served as the city’s municipal headquarters since 1978. The present project, coordinated over four years, restored the exterior sandstone walls and architectural details, as well as repaired the historic slate roof and copper flashing. Under the guidance of Wiss, Janey Elster of New York City and PLAN Architectural Studio P.C. of Rochester, new sandstone was quarried and carved to replicate, exactly, the missing or severely compromised details on the building. At the same time, extensive repairs to the historic slate roof were completed. This exceptional restoration project was completed, in part, with a major grant from the New York State Environmental Protection Fund.
Visit our Success Stories page to see all of the 2012 Preservation Award winners.