The 28,000-square-foot industrial building in Albany’s Arbor Hill neighborhood that is now home to Capital Repertory Theatre (theRep) and the formerly condemned church that is now Universal Preservation Hall (UPH) represent very different preservation projects.
The fact that Proctors Collaborative had the vision and dedication to see them both through simultaneously, especially considering additional challenges presented by the pandemic, is quite extraordinary.
Perhaps best known for their flagship theatre in Schenectady (which also won an Excellence Award from the League back in 2008), Proctors serves the wider Capital-Saratoga region through a wide variety of programs, with a focus on education, civic engagement, and economic development. The successful restorations of theRep and UPH will certainly help them meet that mission.
Since 1984, the Preservation League of NYS’s statewide awards program has highlighted projects, organizations, publications, and individuals that represent the best in the field of historic preservation.
The Awards recognize the people who are using historic preservation to build stronger neighborhoods, create local jobs, provide affordable housing, open our eyes to overlooked history, and save special places.
Additional 2021 Awardees include:
Clinton Avenue Historic Apartments | Albany, NY
SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center | Binghamton, Broome Co.
Arbor Gerard Block & Carroll St Warehouse Rehabilitation Project | Elmira, Chemung Co.
Steven Engelhart | Keeseville, Clinton Co.
Preservation Buffalo Niagara | Buffalo, Erie Co.
Whitcomb’s Garage Adaptive Reuse Project | Whallonsburg, Essex Co
Green-Wood’s Historic Chapel | Brooklyn, Kings Co
Central Presbyterian Church Exterior Restoration | Manhattan, New York Co.
@syracusehistory (Instagram by David Haas) | Syracuse, Onondaga Co.
Photo of Universal Preservation Hall by Richard Lovrich.