ALBANY, NY, 08/10/19 — The Richards
Library is one of this year’s Preserve New York (PNY) grantees. Their grant
of $4,000 will allow the Richards Library to hire Landmark Consulting of Albany to
complete a thorough building condition report that pays special attention to
these areas of concern. The Library board hopes the compilation of this report
will help them plan, prioritize, and initiate preservation improvements that
will allow the windows to become more energy efficient and usable, and to
repair the entryway and stairs so they resemble their original appearance once
The Preservation League of NYS and their program partners at the New York
State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) are thrilled to help fund this important
The Richards Library serves the community local to Warrensburg and was
constructed in 1901. The building was built according to a design developed by
A.W. Fuller of Albany and constructed by Jonah Hesse of Johnstown. The library
building is an excellent example of early 20th-century architecture that
celebrates local materials and handiwork and was made from native, rough
granite that was quarried nearby. Although library administrators have made
updates and renovations to the building over time, it has never been fully
surveyed or studied by a professional preservation architect. Deterioration
issues have begun to accumulate, notably the historic windows, main doorway,
and granite steps.
The 2019 PNY grant cycle was the most
competitive in the program’s 26-year history. An independent jury met in June
to review over 70 applications. After
two days of deliberations, $262,498 was awarded to 31 projects across 25
York is a regrant partnership between the New York State Council on the Arts
(NYSCA) and the Preservation League of NYS. PNY enables the Preservation League
to support projects in all of New York’s 62 counties.
1993, the Preserve New York grant program has been providing funds to
municipalities and nonprofit organizations that need technical, professional
assistance to guide a variety of preservation projects. The historic structure
reports, building condition reports, cultural landscape reports, and cultural
resource surveys that are funded through this program can have profound impacts
on the sites they are studying.
the announcement of the 2019 awards, support provided by PNY since its launch
totals more than $2.8 million to 438 projects statewide.
PNY Grant Recipients:
Bronx County: Historic Districts Council – $14,000; Cayuga
County: Seward House Museum – $10,000; Chautauqua County: Jamestown
Renaissance Corporation – $4,208; Clinton County: Town of Schuyler Falls
– $10,000; Columbia County: Philmont Beautification, Inc. – $10,000
& Columbia County Historical Society – $10,000; Delaware County: West
Kortright Centre – $4,764; Dutchess County: Village of Rhinebeck –
$7,875 & Red Hook Public Library – $2,600; Erie County: Preservation
Buffalo Niagara – $20,000; Essex County: The Depot Theatre, Inc. –
$4,712; Greene County: Zadock Pratt Museum, Inc. – $6,400 & Greene
County Council on the Arts – $13,191; Lewis County: Lewis County
Historical Society – $10,000; Madison County: Smithfield Community
Association – $13,017; Montgomery County: Greater Mohawk Valley Land
Bank – $5,200 & Historic Amsterdam League – $14,560; Nassau County: North
Shore Land Alliance – $12,000; New York County: Ascendant Neighborhood
Development Corporation – $10,000; Rensselaer County: Village of
Castleton-on-Hudson – $3,000; Rockland County: John Green Preservation
Coalition – $8,000; Saratoga County: Town of Corinth – $10,000; Schoharie
County: Jefferson Historical Society – $6,883 & County of Schoharie –
$3,968; Suffolk County: Preservation Long Island – $7,900 & Yaphank
Historical Society – $9,200; Tioga County: Village of Owego – $8,000; Warren
County: Richards Library – $4,000; Wayne County: Baptist Rural
Cemetery Association of Sodus Center – $1,700; Westchester County: Village
of Larchmont – $10,000; Yates County: Village of Penn Yan – $7,320
proud to support the vitality and character of our communities through our
Preserve New York partnership, which provides key resources to historic sites,
buildings, and cultural centers statewide and underscores the importance of
architecture and landscape design in community revitalization and economic
development,” said NYSCA Executive Director Mara Manus.
“Thanks to the
League’s record of making effective preservation grants through Preserve New
York and TAG, our program partner, the New York State Council on the Arts
(NYSCA), has increased regrant funding significantly over the past several
years,” said Erin Tobin, Vice President for Policy and Preservation and the
Preservation League. “At the same time, in response to growing demand, the
League has successfully lined up additional support to leverage NYSCA funding
and League resources. NYSCA and the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation make
these grants possible through their program partnership and financial support.”
New York grant program is made possible by the New York State Council on the
Arts (NYSCA) with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York
State Legislature. The Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation has provided
additional support for projects in Nassau, Suffolk and Bronx Counties.
About the Preservation League of New
founding in 1974, the Preservation League has built a reputation for action and
effectiveness. Our goal has been to preserve our historic buildings, districts
and landscapes and to build a better New York, one community at a time. The
Preservation League of New York State invests in people and projects that
champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization,
sustainable economic growth and the protection of our historic buildings and
landscapes. We lead advocacy, economic development and education programs
across the state.
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Thank you to all the voters because The Richards Library Budget passed 254-115!!! We are grateful and look forward to serving all of our patrons, Warrensburg AND Thurman, with continued programs, books, DVDs and the best service you deserve!!! THANK YOU!!!