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Excited about Hilltop historic recognition

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

It is exciting to read of the addition of Dorothy Reister’s house at the Stone Quarry Hill Art Park to the State Register of Historic Places. This listing provides official recognition of buildings throughout the state and nation that are cultural resources worthy of preservation.

There are 21 other properties in Cazenovia that are also listed in the National and State Registers of Historic Sites, many of them containing more than one building of significance. In addition to individual properties, historic districts are recognized by the state and federal government as larger areas that have a concentration of properties that are united historically or aesthetically.

In 1978, the Albany Street Historic District was added to the National Register as an area which includes 68 buildings along Albany Street. Eight years later, through the efforts of the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation (CPF) and several tireless individuals who catalogued the history of hundreds of individual buildings, a Cazenovia Village Historical District that included 278 buildings roughly bounded by Union, Lincklaen and Chenango streets, Rippleton Road and Forman Street was added to the National Register. The town of Cazenovia also has the distinction of being named the first Multiple Resource Area in the country by the National Register.

The inclusion of a building in the National Register does not restrict private property owners from the use of their property and can open the possibility of financial incentives for rehabilitation of the building. Properties also are not automatically protected from alteration by register listing, but CPF does hold protective easements on four buildings included in the register and will soon complete another.

Walking and driving around Cazenovia each day I feel honored to be part of a community with such a strong cultural and historical identity, filled with buildings of quality and character and with people who care. The acceptance of Dorothy Reister’s 50-year-old Hilltop House to the state register adds a new layer to that historic identity. Welcome!

JUDY GIANFORTE, CONSERVATION MANAGER

CAZENOVIA PRESERVATION FOUNDATION

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