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2019 Preservation Awards Presentation

2019 Historic Elmira Preservation Award Winners

Left to right: Susi Brady-Adams, Seth Adams [owners of Warners Way Real Property Services, LLC of Ithaca, NY] and winners of the Project Award. David Anderson of Johnson-Schmidt & Associates Architectural Firm of Corning, NY, winners of the George L. Howell Advocate Award.

Historic Elmira, Inc. Awards Two Local Winners at 11th Annual Preservation Awards

ELMIRA, NY - May 1, 2019 - Historic Elmira presented their 11th Annual Preservation Awards at an event held today at Community Arts of Elmira. A Project Award was presented to Warner's Way Real Property Services, LLC, and a George L. Howell Advocate Award was presented to Johnson-Schmidt & Associates. The Historic Elmira annual Preservation Awards honor individuals and organizations for sensitive restoration and historic preservation within the Elmira area. Awards are given for two categories - Project and Advocate.

"We like to recognize people in Elmira who actively engage in historic preservation, and our annual awards program continues to ensure that their work is recognized and appreciated," states Michael P. Hosey, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Historic Elmira, Inc. "Historic Elmira, Inc. is an organization of community-minded preservationists with a clear understanding that historic preservation is directly linked to economic revitalization and enhancing the quality of life in Elmira," 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 Warner's Way Real Property Services, LLC, owned by Seth & Susi Adams of Ithaca, NY, for the restoration and rehabilitation of the former Werdenberg Building, a Circa 1866-1888 structure at 200 West Water Street, Elmira. The structure is referred to as The "Werdenberg Building" because it housed the Andrew F. Werdenberg men and boys clothing store for over 100 years. It now offers three commercial use spaces and four residential apartments.

"Thank you, Seth, for your vision, thoughtful preservation, and recognition of the importance of this historic building and it's high profile location in Elmira," states Hosey. "It is now 'alive' and viable, with tenants in all four upstairs apartments and a new business in one of three downtown commercial spaces. The impact on the downtown core of Elmira is tremendous."

The George L. Howell 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.

An Advocate Award was presented to Johnson-Schmidt & Associates of Corning, NY for their architectural inspiration, vision, knowledge and passionate advocacy of the renovation and historic preservation of many buildings and residential neighborhoods in the City of Elmira and surrounding areas.

"In addition to their remarkable architectural skills, the Johnson-Schmidt & Associates team has been the benchmark for what is the 'right' thing to do. It has been and continues to be an honor to call them valued colleagues. The firm has the best interests of this community at heart." states Jennifer Herrick-McGonigal, Executive Director, Elmira Downtown and nominator of the team. "I cannot imagine a team more deserving of this honor."

"We encourage advocates to continue their historic preservation pursuits, and we will do our part to elevate the visibility of the projects - helping to ensure that our past has a future," adds Hosey.

About Historic Elmira
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.

Media Contact: Hope Johnson, Howell Liberatore & Associates, Inc.
Telephone: (607) 481-2105
Historic Elmira, Inc.
PO Box 252, Elmira, NY 14902
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