Tompkins County residents celebrated for preservation work

Tompkins Weekly Staff

Photo provided by Historic Ithaca
Gina Prentiss received the Joseph O. Ciaschi Award for Preservation Excellence for her lifetime contribution to the field of historic preservation in the county.

Tompkins County residents were recently honored for their historic preservation efforts in wide range of agricultural, commercial and residential projects.

Historic Ithaca, the county-wide historic preservation advocacy organization, presented its annual Preservation Awards earlier this month, highlighting preservation, restoration, rehabilitation or adaptive reuse projects completed within the past two years.
“May is National Historic Preservation Month and we are pleased to recognize several projects in our community for the design, craftsmanship, artistry, and other trade skills that are applied to restoring and renewing our architectural heritage,” said interim Executive Director Sara Johnson.

The winner of the Joseph O. Ciaschi Award for Preservation Excellence was presented to Gina Prentiss for her lifetime contribution to the field of historic preservation in Tompkins County. Gina has been active with both Historic Ithaca and the Dryden Town Historical Society.

Other award winners included:
— Leon Ginenthal, Cancer Resource Center, Ithaca: Porch and garage rehabilitation and creation of a new garden.
— V. Romanoff and Associates, Trumansburg Liquor Store: Rehabilitation and restoration.
— Ted Crane: Slow Lane Residence, Danby, creative reuse of salvaged material.
— Centerline Farm, Brewster and Company: Barn rehabilitation, Dryden.
— Lisa and Gary Ferguson, Nathan Bishop: Laughing Goat Fiber Farm barn, Ithaca, creative reuse of salvaged material.
— The Strebel Planning Group, Rick Lazarus, Brewster and Company: Barn rehabilitation, Varna.
— Kimberly and Andy Norberg, Steve Gibian, Pierre Sassone, Rich Shriner, Jake Hallagan: 840 Snyder Hill Road, Dryden, sensitive rehabilitation.
— Teresa Halpert Deschanes and David Halpert, Mike Worcester: 204 North Geneva Street, Ithaca, rehabilitation.
— City of Ithaca Dept. of Public Works, Claudia Brenner Design, Bert Fortner: Stewart Park Tea Pavilion, Ithaca, sensitive reconstruction.
— Jason K. Demarest Architecture, McPherson Builders, Shen Properties – Ted Wong, Lang Shen, Yung Shen: Griffin Building, 224 East State Street, Ithaca, sensitive reconstruction.

Nominations were reviewed by a panel of preservation professionals and awards were made based on such considerations as the importance of the project to the long-term preservation of the building; adherence to basic preservation principles as outlined in the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation; and the impact, or potential impact, of the project on the surrounding community.
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