On August 5th, 2014, the Friends publicly announced its existence to the Plattsburgh community. After over two years of quiet collaboration and negotiations with the previous owner, we had finally come to an agreement to purchase the Old Stone Barracks.
Plattsburgh, August 5th, 2014 – At 5pm this evening, The Friends of the Old Stone Barracks gathered with the Plattsburgh community, the press and local officials at Clinton Community College’s Stafford Theater to make an important announcement regarding the preservation of the Old Stone Barracks in Plattsburgh.
Constructed in 1838, this is the oldest building at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. For practically as long as there has been a military presence in Plattsburgh, the Old Stone Barracks has been a central part of the region’s military history and it has come to symbolize this long and proud military tradition. Following the sale of the Barracks to Bernard Schneider, a Canadian developer, The Friends of the Old Stone Barracks was formed to explore available options to save the Barracks from inappropriate development.
After two and one-half years of quiet negotiations, The Friends formally announced their presence as a nonprofit organization this evening. “We are thrilled to announce that the Friends has just come to terms with Mr. Schneider to purchase the property,” Marty Mannix, Vice President of the Friends. “We are also today kicking off a capital campaign to raise $225,000 by December 1st to purchase and stabilize the property.”
Underlining the importance of this landmark, Erin Tobin from the Preservation League was present to name the Old Stone Barracks to its list of New York State’s most threatened historic resources, Seven to Save. This designation from the League delivers technical assistance and increased media coverage, raises public awareness, and generates grant opportunities for endangered properties. “Through the Seven to Save program, we provide targeted support to seven of New York’s most important and endangered historic resources,” said Erin.
Jerry Bates, President of the Friends of the Old Stone Barracks acknowledged that “Having the support from the Preservation League and receiving the Seven to Save designation gives the Friends the confidence and additional resources needed to move forward in our effort to save the Old Stone Barracks.”
Speakers at the event also included Congressman Bill Owens, Assemblywoman Janet L. Duprey, Celine Racine Paquette, and Steven Engelhart, Executive Director of Adirondack Architectural Heritage. Congressman Owens supported the Friends by stating that “this… is a project born out of the concern and caring of people in this community who want to see this valuable treasure we call ‘the Barracks’ not just preserved, but sustained… to remain the icon to our Military History that it is.”
The Friends of the Old Stone Barracks is dedicated to securing the highest and best use of Plattsburgh’s Old Stone Barracks by obtaining and preserving the property, engaging the community, and ensuring the appropriate adaptive reuse of the barracks. The Friends is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and operates with substantial support from Adirondack Architectural Heritage (AARCH), the private non-profit, historic preservation organization for the Adirondack Park. For more information or to make a contribution, visit www.oldstonebarracks.org.
Preservation League Names Plattsburgh's Old Stone Barracks to Seven to Save endangered list for 2014-2015.
ALBANY, August 5, 2014 – The Preservation League of New York State has named the Old Stone Barracks in Plattsburgh to its list of the Empire State’s most threatened historic resources, Seven to Save.
Constructed in 1838, this is the oldest building at the former Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, it illustrates the longstanding military presence in New York’s North Country between 1812 and 1995. The building boasts massive stone walls, heavy timber framing, and a two-story columned porch running the full length of the north façade. With views of Valcour Island, Cumberland Head, Grand Isle and the Green Mountains of Vermont, the building conveys the central role that military activities played in the history of the Champlain Valley.
“Since 1999, Seven to Save has mobilized community leaders and decision-makers to take action when historic resources are threatened,” said Jay DiLorenzo, President of the Preservation League. “A Seven to Save designation from the League delivers invaluable technical assistance, fosters increased media coverage and public awareness, and opens the door to grant assistance for endangered properties.”
A Canadian developer purchased the site in 2010, after decades of vacancy. Friends of the Old Stone Barracks organized following the sale to advocate for a sensitive reuse and redevelopment of the site. The Preservation League will work with the Friends group to ensure protection and appropriate redevelopment for the Old Stone Barracks.
“Through the Seven to Save program, we provide targeted support to seven of New York’s most important and endangered historic resources,” said Erin Tobin, the Preservation League’s regional director for technical and grant programs for eastern New York State. “Whether sites are threatened by insensitive, ineffective or insufficient public policies, general neglect, or, in some cases, outright demolition, we have a proven record of working with community advocates to save a number of significant properties.”
“Having the support from the Preservation League and receiving the Seven to Save designation gives the Friends the confidence and additional resources needed to move forward in our effort to save the Old Stone Barracks,” Jerry Bates, President, Friends of the Old Stone Barracks
Since 1999, publicity and advocacy resulting from Seven to Save designation has led to the rehabilitation and reopening of the Oswego City Public Library, the rebirth of Montauk Manor on Long Island, and the rededication of the once-abandoned George Harvey Justice Building in Binghamton along with successes at several other locations.
The Preservation League of New York State is a not-for-profit membership organization founded in 1974. The League invests in people and projects that champion the essential role of preservation in community revitalization, sustainable economic growth, and the protection of New York’s historic buildings and landscapes. It leads advocacy, economic development, and education programs all across the state.