CANTON -- TAUNY (Traditional Arts of Upstate New York) has been selected to receive the Preservation League of New York State’s Excellence in Historic Preservation Award.
The league’s statewide award honors notable achievements in retaining, promoting and reusing the state’s architectural heritage.
The TAUNY Center purchased one of downtown Canton’s historic brick buildings, constructed in the 1870s after fires tore through the business district in 1869 and 1870. The building was altered in 1930s to meet the needs of the J. J. Newberry department store.
TAUNY maintained the historic character of the interior and exterior of the building while renovating to provide a gallery, performance and gathering space for North Country artists.
“The expansion of an arts organization in the heart of a community’s downtown is always good news. The awards jury was also quite impressed with the wide variety of grants the project has secured, which is a testament to the professionalism of the organization,” said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League.
“Finally, the number and variety of letters of support for the project illustrates very clearly that TAUNY is an asset not only to Canton, or even to its 14-County service area, but to the preservation of the culture and heritage of the North Country way of life,” said DiLorenzo.
The Preservation League will present TAUNY with the award May 15 at 6 p.m. at the New York Yacht Club in New York City.
“It’s a great honor for TAUNY to be recognized in this way. Our renovated building is a hub of activity in downtown Canton; we are pleased to share accolades with the many in our community who helped make our preservation project possible,” said TAUNY Executive Director Jill Breit.
“Varick Chittenden, who was TAUNY’s Heritage Center Project Director for the renovations and capital campaign, and architect Randy Crawford deserve special credit for creating a vision we could all get behind. We hope our success in preserving a wonderful building will be an inspiration for others to do the same throughout the North Country,” said Breit.