Ten awards highlight individuals and projects that have contributed to preservation & adaptive reuse of historic places; photos available here
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced that nine projects and one individual are being recognized with 2022 New York State Historic Preservation Awards. Projects highlighted with this year's awards include a community-led establishment of a historic district in Chautauqua County, transformational design of historic garden space in Westchester County, and the completed restoration of a historic pier in New York City.
"Preserving notable landmarks across New York allows us to celebrate our shared history and honor our collective past," Hochul said. "I congratulate this year's recipients on their efforts to capitalize on our historic and cultural resources to build a brighter future for our state."
Created in 1980, the State Historic Preservation Awards are presented by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation each year to honor excellence in the protection and revitalization of historic and cultural resources.
State Parks Commissioner Erik Kulleseid said, "Historic preservation is collaborative work, and we welcome the opportunity to recognize projects that harness the energy and demonstrate the remarkable potential of historic preservation. We are proud to be an active partner on projects throughout New York state, and congratulate all of the individuals and groups who make preservation possible. Their extraordinary efforts and creative visions are inspirational and have positive, long-lasting effects in our communities."
Some of this year's 2022 State Historic Preservation Awards recipients include:
•Cynthia Howk – Outstanding Contributions to Historic Preservation: Howk is recognized for Outstanding Contributions to Historic Preservation. Her decades-long career and dedication to historic preservation planning, mentorship and community engagement has had an incalculable impact on the state's cultural and historic resources.
Niagara River Gorge Access Stairway Rehabilitation Projects, Niagara Falls, Niagara County
Excellence in OPRHP Project Achievement: The Niagara River Gorge Access Stairway Rehabilitation Projects at Devil's Hole and Whirlpool State Parks is recognized for Excellence in OPRHP (Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation) Achievement. The projects blended historic preservation with utility and respected the historic stone stair design while prioritizing safety improvements.
The mission of the New York State Division for Historic Preservation (DHP) is to create meaningful connections to the dynamic history of the state for all residents and visitors. The division is committed to protecting historic and cultural resources. Part of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the DHP strives to raise awareness of the value of historic places for future generations and to expand the complex narratives in order to tell a more complete story that represents the diversity of the state's people, both past and present. Learn more about the full scope of the division's work online.