Former CAVAC Home Recognized in 2013 Ceremonies
(Cazenovia, Oneida, NY – May 2013) The Preservation Association of Central New York will honor those advocates who have made significant contributions to the preservation of the region’s historic resources Sunday, May 19, at Temple Concord in Syracuse.
This year’s 10 PACNY award-winners include: Carpenter’s Barn, Cortland Free Library, Sen. David Valesky (D-Oneida), First Niagara Bank, The Grange Building, Jane Tracy, Rich & Gardner Construction Company, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Corporation, Tania Werbizky and The Young Residence.
The highest honor given for outstanding preservation projects in Central New York is the “Pat Earle Award for Adaptive Reuse and Restoration.” This year’s Pat Earle Award for a singular outstanding historic preservation project that benefits the community goes to the Carpenter’s Barn in Cazenovia.
Carpenter’s Barn is a “landmark” historic building that serves as a character-defining gateway to the village of Cazenovia. Carpenter’s Barn was built in 1889 as the Carriage House facility for the Carpenter family Lakeland estate on Cazenovia Lake.
The village acquired the building in the 1930s, after which it was used as a Department of Public Works facility. In the 1970s, the stone building was converted to house the Cazenovia Area Volunteer Ambulance Corps.
The village of Cazenovia pursued rehabilitation and restoration of Carpenter’s Barn with generous support from a New York State Dormitory Authority grant through Assemblyman Bill Magee’s office, an Environmental Protection Fund Grant from the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation and a substantial donation from the local preservation not-for-profit Cazenovia Preservation Foundation.
Work conducted with this support included reconstruction of the collapsed limestone creek wall, the entire south wing foundations, stabilization of the structure, rehabilitation of the windows and significant repair and restoration of the historic fabric of the building.
The building is now stable and being used by groups including the Cazenovia Rowing Club and for park-related activities. The rehabilitation of Carpenter’s Barn is truly an excellent example of community will and effort recovering an ailing local landmark to restore it to a vibrant and functional part of the community.