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The Times
  • Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute secures $3,000 for Fountain Elms

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  • ALBANY (readMedia) — The Preservation League of New York State has awarded a technical assistance grant to a group directly engaged in the stewardship and public use of a historic building in Oneida County.
    A $3,000 grant to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute will support the cost of a roof and gutter conditions survey for Fountain Elms, a former grand residence that now serves the Utica campus.
    The Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute boasts a collection of 19th and 20th century buildings that supports its mission. Fountain Elms features several circa 1850 period rooms, gallery spaces, meeting rooms and a café. However, the landmark suffers from moisture problems related to its roof drainage system. As a result, the building’s sand paint finish, interior walls and decorative arts collections are at risk.
    TAG funds will support a conditions survey to assess the causes of failure and recommend treatment plans appropriate for the Italianate style landmark building
    Crawford and Stearns Architects and Preservation Planners of Syracuse will complete the study.
    “TAG funds are crucial in allowing MWPAI to bring the roofing challenges at Fountain Elms to a closure,” said Ron Draper, director of facilities at Munson Williams. “Crawford and Stearns extensive experience with historic and culturally significant buildings will help guide us to make the right decisions for our building.”
    The Preservation League of New York State launched the technical assistance grant program in 2012 to support discrete projects that preserve New York state’s cultural and historic resources. Grants of up to $3,000 are available to not-for-profit arts and cultural groups and municipalities managing historic sites, museums, arts facilities and other culturally important institutions located in historic buildings and structures open to the public.
    “In a very competitive grant round, applicants sought funds for technical studies to be carried out by preservation and design professionals which included building conditions surveys, engineering and structural analyses and feasibility and reuse studies,” said Tania Werbizky, the League’s regional director of technical and grant programs in western New York. “The Preservation League is delighted to help advance the efforts of the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute with this grant.”
    Guidelines for application for the second of two grant rounds in 2013 are now available on the League’s website. Applications must be received by Sept. 16. A total of $14,553 is available statewide for the fall funding cycle, and funded work must be completed by the end of the calendar year. Each grant recipient must provide a $500 match and the cost of the project may not exceed $3,500.
    “The TAG program builds on the record of excellence the League has established with the similarly NYSCA-funded Preserve New York Grant program,” said Jay DiLorenzo, president of the Preservation League. “Our TAG program fills a significant funding gap. It is tailored to provide support to worthy projects in New York that are ineligible for grants from other sources, or may not have the scope or scale to compete at regional and national levels.”
    Page 2 of 2 - For more information on the League’s technical assistance grant program, call 518-462-5658 or visit the League’s website at www.preservenys.org.
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