Survey data from historic preservation students’ may lead to new historic districts in the Finger Lakes region

December 12, 2008

Graduate students from the Historic Preservation Planning Program recently presented the findings of their field workshop to residents of the Village of Skaneateles, NY. The workshop, led by Professor Jeffrey M. Chusid, is offered by the Department of City and Regional Planning in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning.   A one-hour presentation by eight students covered the history of the village, region, and regional economy, along with notable people associated with the village. Emphasis was placed on architectural and historical information related to homes, churches, parks, as well as other aspects of the cultural landscape of Genesee and West Lake Streets. Over 100 residents turned out to hear the presentation and responded with enthusiasm to the students' comments and research. Eighty properties were surveyed this year for the workshop. Those surveys along with a similar number of properties that were surveyed last year will comprise the beginning of a historic inventory of the village. This inventory will aid in the possible creation of new historic districts. The process of surveying communities around Central New York has been a part of the first-year curriculum for preservation students since the 1970s, and the classes have been responsible for numerous additions to local, state and national historic registers.

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