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Preservation Awards Program

Each fall, The Landmark Society presents awards to projects, individuals, and organizations who, through their dedication and hard work, have contributed to historic preservation in our nine-county area.

The Landmark Society’s Awards Committee is now seeking recommendations for its 2021 Preservation Awards. Award suggestions are welcome from Genesee, Monroe, Livingston, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne, Wyoming and Yates counties.

Below is a list of the award categories, along with descriptions and criteria for each award. If you know any project, individual or organization deserving of any of these awards, please complete the online nomination form or download this form to print out and return via USPS. Deadline to submit nominations is Tuesday,  June 1, 2021 at 5pm. If you have any questions, please contact Cynthia by email at chowk@landmarksociety.org or phone at 585-546-7029, ext. 24.

Barber Conable Award
The Little Theatre at 240 East Avenue in the City of Rochester, Monroe County, received the 2020 Barber Conable Award
Barber Conable Award
2021 Submissions Open

Recognizes a large-scale rehabilitation of a historic building in our region completed within the last two years, possibly using the Federal Investment Tax Credit program. Old fabric should be sympathetically maintained and carefully rehabilitated. New construction, if any, should be compatible and of high authentic quality. This award was created to honor Congressman Barber Conable of Alexander, Genesee County, who supported the establishment of the Federal Investment Tax Credit Program for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings. Private residences are not eligible for this award.

Award of Merit
The Sands Family Foundation Theatre/Fort Hill Performing Arts Center received a 2020 Award of Merit and is located at 20 Fort Hill Avenue in the City of Canandaigua, Ontario County
Award of Merit
2021 Submissions Open

Applies to projects similar to those eligible for the Barber Conable Award, but of more modest scope. The award is given for a sympathetic rehabilitation of an architecturally significant building, structure, object or site in our nine-county region completed within the past two years. Candidacy may be enhanced if the project is historically significant or if it strengthens its neighborhood. Private residences are not eligible for this award.

Stewardship Award
St. Mary's Catholic Church at 15 St. Mary's Place in the City of Rochester, Monroe County, received a 2020 Stewardship Award
Stewardship Award
2021 Submissions Open

Recognizes an individual or organization that has provided continued care of and commitment to the preservation of an architecturally and/or historically significant public property over a period of years. “Care” can include appropriate changes to the building fabric. Eligible properties include religious, educational, not-for-profit, commercial or government buildings, structures, objects or sites.

Historic Home Award
David & Charlotte Harvey received a 2020 Historic Home Award for their home at 415 Winona Boulevard in the Town of Irondequoit, Monroe County
Historic Home Award
2021 Submissions Open

Recognizes owners of private residences for their continued care of and commitment to the preservation of an architecturally significant house over a minimum of seven (7) years. “Care” may include appropriate rehabilitation and/or sympathetic new additions according to need. Thoughtful rehabilitation/restoration of the interior and/or significant features of a historical landscape may enhance the quality of the nomination. The seven-year criteria may be waived in special circumstances as deemed appropriate by the awards committee.

Historic Landscape Award
JoEllen Tufano and Steve Schantz received a 2019 Historic Landscape Award for their Sunken Gardens at 959 Winona Boulevard in the Town of Irondequoit, Monroe County
Historic Landscape Award
2021 Submissions Open

Recognizes and encourages the preservation, restoration, rehabilitation and stewardship of historically significant landscapes in The Landmark Society’s nine-county region. The recipient may be either individual(s) or an organization.

Special Citation
Daniel & Ethel Chadwick received a 2020 Special Citation for their devoted stewardship of James Johnson's "Glasow House"
Special Citation
2021 Submissions Open

Provides recognition for projects that do not fit into other categories or recognizes the accomplishments in the field of historic preservation of an outstanding individual or group.

Traditional Trades
Traditional Trades
2021 Submissions Open

Recognizes an individual working in the traditional trades for his/her exceptional knowledge of historic preservation techniques and advocacy for historic buildings. These trades include, but are not limited to: stained glass, woodworking, pipe organ building, windows, masonry, roofing and plaster.

Paul Malo Preservation Advocacy Award
Joan Schumaker received a 2020 Paul Malo Preservation Advocacy Award for her work in her hometown of Nunda in Livingston County
Paul Malo Preservation Advocacy Award
2021 Submissions Open

Recognizes an individual who has been an outstanding advocate for historic preservation in their community. Established in honor of the late Paul Malo, Syracuse University professor, architect, historian, award-winning author, and preservation advocate, whose passionate advocacy for New York’s historic resources extended over six decades.

Jean France Special Achievement Award
Jerry Ludwig, recipient of the 2020 Special Achievement Award
Jean France Special Achievement Award
2021 Submissions Open

Recognizes accomplishments of an individual that have occurred over a lengthy period of time. The award was recently renamed in honor of Jean R. France, Landmark Society trustee, accomplished architectural historian, passionate preservationist, community advocate and long-time member and chair of the Preservation Awards Committee. She passed away in early 2021.

Blood, Sweat, and Tears Award
Ellen Olah received a Blood, Sweat, and Tears award in 2020 for the restoration of her late 19th Century home
Blood, Sweat, and Tears Award
2021 Submissions Open

Recognizes building owners who have physically engaged in the preservation and restoration of their property through self-education and countless hours of do-it-yourself work. The work on the building does not have to be complete but should be mindful of the “Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation” and demonstrate substantial self-performed long-term care.

Small Business Award
Recipient of a 2020 Small Business Award, Rocky's on Jay Street is the oldest operating Italian restaurant in Rochester
Small Business Award
2021 Submissions Open

Recognizes small businesses that occupy historic commercial buildings and have demonstrated their commitment to preservation via the care, repair and/or long-term operation at these sites.