Skaneateles loses eagle

There is no greater representation of strength and skill in America than the stately eagle.

Eagle Scout, architect, brother, son, father of four and beloved husband of Dorothy Brace Krause, Steven "Steve" Krause died Saturday Oct. 16 after injuries suffered in a one car crash in Spafford.

As a prominent architect and citizen of Central New York, it is fair to say that Steve's character, intellect and charm were equal to other famous Eagle Scouts such as Jimmy Stewart, Walter Cronkite and Steven Spielberg.

Steve was a partner in Quinlivan, Pierik and Krause Design (QPK), an architecture firm based in Syracuse. His father Alfred Krause, also of Skaneateles, had been a partner before him. Other than his remarkable family, Steve was best known in Skaneateles for designing the new Fire House that sits on the corner of Route 41A (Kane Avenue) and Route 20. In a village where a lot of thought is given to retaining architectural integrity and character, Krause's fire station fit in - immediately - with its form and function in perfect harmony with the community.

Village codes enforcement officer, president of SAVES and member of the fire department Jorge Batlle said, "I've known him for many years and he is one of the finest architects I'd ever been involved with."

Batlle said Krause would look at something in front of the planning board and see something you wouldn't have imagined.

"He had a great eye for detail," Batlle said.

Paul Murphy, a 40 year veteran of the Skaneateles Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD), said when they originally started designing the fire house, Krause suggested the idea of incorporating the department's antique fire apparatus into the design.

"It was a great idea," Murphy said, as the fire department was started in 1833 and it spoke highly of SVFD longevity and dedication to service to the community.

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