The Landmark Society of Western New York announced its 2018 Five to Revive, a list that identifies opportunities for targeted, strategic revitalization.
The announcement was made at Warner Castle in Rochester, the future home of the Landmark Society headquarters.
“The Five to Revive initiative is proving to be very successful and continues to demonstrate that preservation and adaptive reuse are key strategies for revitalization in western New York,” said Tom Castelein, board president and chairman of the Five to Revive Committee.
This year’s properties are Parrott Hall in the city of Geneva, Odd Fellows Hall in the village of Holley, Former National Yeast Co. and Iroquois Motor Car Factory in the town of Seneca Falls, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School and Rochester’s Aqueduct Reimagined.
“This is the sixth year that the Landmark Society is announcing the Five to Revive list to draw attention to key priorities for revitalization in western New York,” said Wayne Goodman, executive director. “We are honored to do this at Warner Castle, the future home of the Landmark Society. We are working together with the owner, Monroe County, to repair and restore this historic building to ensure it stays a vibrant part of this neighborhood.
“Each year, the Landmark Society works closely on these priorities with owners, municipal officials and developers to facilitate investment and foster rehabilitation. The ultimate goal is to return these important historic resources to a place of prominence in their respective communities, as economic and social assets that spark even more investment and revitalization.”
The 2018 Five to Revive represents urban, industrial, institutional and domestic resources.
“Being part of the list gives these properties more visibility and may expand their funding options,” Castelein said. “Some on the list may already be on the road to revitalization, but placement on this list draws the focused attention of government officials, developers and preservation advocates. In many cases, it unlocks more resources to effectively preserve our heritage and promote economic development.”
Parrott Hall was the first property in Geneva to be listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in the 1850s as the home of Nehemiah and Louisa Denton, and became the first home of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in 1882. The building was named for Percival John Parrott, who directed the station in 1938-42.
Parrott Hall has sat vacant since ownership was transferred to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation in 1975. A coalition is working to raise funds for stabilization, and to formulate a plan and raise funds for reuse.
Built in 1890, the former Odd Fellows Hall is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Holley Village Historic District. This brick building has sat vacant for two years.
Now vacant, the former National Yeast Co. and Iroquois Motor Car Factory in Seneca Falls most recently was occupied by a car dealership that relocated. Proposed plans for a gas station and convenience store on the site call for demolishing the 30,000 square foot, three-story brick building.
Located in the Highland Park neighborhood on 23 acres, the Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School campus features buildings designed by James Gamble Rogers in the 1930s and landscaping designed by Alling DeForest.
The campus is associated with numerous social and cultural figures and events. It was a center of religious and academic inquiry that educated, fostered and supported many leaders in the civil rights movement, including Bernice Fisher, Mordecai Wyatt Johnston, Howard Thurman and Malcolm X.
The property is a designated city landmark and is eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places. After nearly 90 years, the Divinity School is relocating to a new site.
The ROC the Riverway program incorporates or connects eight separate historic resources, four of which are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The aqueduct is a designated city landmark and serves as a visual icon for Rochester.
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