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Historic Elmira, Inc. Presents Five Local Winners with Fifth Annual
Preservation Awards 
James Capriotti Recognized with Distinct
"Angel in the Architecture" Award

ELMIRA, NY * March 14, 2013 - Historic Elmira, Inc. presented their Fifth Annual Preservation Awards at an event held in Elmira College's Hamilton Hall. Advocate Awards were presented to Vicki Rachel and Community Arts of Elmira, Inc. Project Awards were presented to Marco and Michelle Bertron, Trinity Episcopal Church, and Park Church.

Historic Elmira Preservation Award winners 2013
Left to right: Marco and Michelle Bertron, Pat Walls and Lynne Rusinko (Community Arts of Elmira), Rev. William Lutz (Trinity Episcopal Church), Vicki Rachel, Judith Clovsky and Mimi Gridley (Park Church), and Jim Capriotti


"We are very excited to be able to give more awards this year as we celebrate the Fifth Annual Preservation Awards bringing attention to the hard work and dedication of those engaged in historic preservation work in our community," said Kaye Newbury, President of Historic Elmira, Inc.


James Capriotti, winner of a Project Award in 2011 for his restoration and rehabilitation of over 20 properties located in the Near Westside Historic District and for preserving key historic architectural features of the buildings, was also awarded Historic Elmira's first Angel in the Architecture award. The Angel in the Architecture award is given at the discretion of the award panel for high standards in historic preservation in Elmira. The Angel in the Architecture award is an adaptation of original artwork created by artist Ron Nogar and donated to Historic Elmira for its use.  


The Advocate Award celebrates government officials, community leaders, local business owners, journalists, and private citizens who passionately value and demonstrate their advocacy for our historic and architectural heritage through active involvement in the community. The Advocate Award is also open to groups or organizations currently engaged in promoting historic preservation in the Elmira area.  


Ms. Vicki Rachel received an Advocate Award for her advocacy for historic Maple Avenue and for the restoration of 401 and 405 Maple Avenue, Elmira. Rachel was nominated for the award "for her quiet unassuming leadership," wrote her nominator. "Vicki has a decorating flair and an understanding of the significance of historic preservation that is evident in both of her homes and in her business."  


The second Advocate Award was presented to Community Arts of Elmira, Inc. for the restoration and preservation of the Langdon-Pratt mansion at 413 Lake Street, Elmira. Since 2007, Community Arts of Elmira board members, supporting members, artists, and volunteers have preserved the historic building that houses Community Arts. As the nomination states, "Community Arts has preserved a historic landmark...that provides for creative expression and historical appreciation."


The Project Award recognizes historic preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, or adaptive reuse projects in the Elmira area that contribute to the appearance, character, and value of our local neighborhoods and community.  


A Project Award was given to Marco and Michelle Bertron for the restoration of their 1829 Federal-style home at 408 West Water Street, Elmira. With only a shower and toilet working in the original structure, the Bertrons moved into their new home in 2009 and immediately began working on the rest of the house. Rumored to be one of the oldest houses in Elmira, virtually every aspect of the inside and outside of the house needed work. Restoration of the heating, kitchen, one bathroom, bedrooms and living room, exterior brick walls, and shingled roof are only a few of the major projects competed to date. "Although it is a great deal of work, the house is our life and we love it!" wrote Michelle Bertron.  


The Trinity Episcopal Church accepted the second Project Award for the architectural preservation and restoration of its sanctuary building and steeple at 304 North Main Street, Elmira. Work began in 2007 when structural problems with the brick steeple required immediate action. In compliance with standards and guidelines set forth by the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation each brick was removed, numbered, and restored in its exact original position. A second project was completed in 2011 to repair severe water damage to the louvre framework in the steeple, materials on the Sacristy roof, broken slate roof pieces, and additional materials throughout the church.


The third Project Award was presented to The Park Church for stewardship of its historic 1876 building at 208 West Gray Street, Elmira. To repair the aging condition of the building work began in 2008 to replace the entire roofing system on the sanctuary main roof and on the south main roof, including installation of slate roofing on existing mansard roof features. Additional work was completed when an emergency situation developed in the sanctuary due to asbestos. The nomination states "The Park Church is a lynch-pin in revitalization plans for Downtown Elmira. Its historic architecture, cultural significance and ongoing offering of a wide range of activities and programs for community members gives it a major role in the future development of the city."


The mission of Historic Elmira, Inc. is to champion historic preservation in the Elmira region by providing education, advocacy, collaboration, and facilitation in activities supporting preservation and enhancements of buildings and sites of historic significance. More information about Historic Elmira can be found at www.HistoricElmira.org.


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Media Contact: Kaye C. Newbury, President, Historic Elmira

Telephone: (607) 731-0395

Email: knewbury@historicelmira.org

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