For 27 years, Engelhart served as Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the nonprofit historic preservation organization for New York’s 6 million-acre Adirondack Park and surrounding region, which comprises 12 counties and 102 towns and villages.
Since 1990, Engelhart has strengthened historic preservation efforts in the Adirondacks, bringing to light the role that its diverse and often underappreciated communities have played in shaping statewide heritage.
With over 40 years of experience in the field of historic preservation, Engelhart has become a leading voice in preservation efforts throughout this underserved region and a readily identifiable leader in saving its treasured places. Upon his retirement at the end of 2021, Engelhart will no doubt remain an ally for saving the places that matter in the Adirondacks.
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
Proctors Collaborative | Albany + Saratoga Springs
SUNY Broome Culinary & Event Center | Binghamton, Broome Co.
Arbor Gerard Block & Carroll St Warehouse Rehabilitation Project | Elmira, Chemung 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 Steven Engelhart seen standing in front of the Adirondack Architectural Heritage offices in Keeseville courtesy AARCH.