Register for Free Historic Preservation Workshops!

Otsego 2000 is offering three workshops on historic architecture, historic window restoration and repair, and NYS historic tax credits for homeowners, thanks to support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Register for one or all three!

March 3, 3-5 pm: Understanding Historic Architectural Styles in Otsego County

Location: Morris Conference Center, SUNY-Oneonta

Federal, Greek Revival, Italianate, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, Colonial Revival, Romanesque, Gothic Revival…all of these architectural styles (and more) exist in Otsego County, and contribute to the historic and community character of our towns, villages, and hamlets. What makes a Federal a Federal, or a Victorian a Victorian? Dr. Cindy Falk, professor of material culture at SUNY’s Cooperstown Graduate Program, will lead this workshop on historic architecture in Otsego County, focusing on homes, farms, and storefronts. Attendees are encouraged to bring photos of homes and buildings for which they would like assistance in identifying architectural style.

Presenter Dr. Cindy Falk is the author of the books Barns of New York: Rural Architecture of the Empire State (Cornell, 2012) and Architecture and Artifacts of the Pennsylvania Germans: Constructing Identity in Early America (Penn State, 2008). She contributed to the volumes A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America (Skira Rizzoli, 2014) and A Peculiar Mixture: German-Language Cultures and Identities in Eighteenth-century North America (2013). Falk also served as the co-editor of Buildings & Landscapes: The Journal of the Vernacular Architecture Forum from 2012-2017.The first workshop will be held Sunday, March 3rd from 3 – 5 PM at the Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Professor Cindy Falk of the Cooperstown Graduate program will lead the workshop, sharing her knowledge of the many architectural styles that grace our Otsego region.

April 13, 11 am – 1 pm: Historic Window Restoration & Weatherization

Location: Earth Festival, Milford Central School, 42 West Main St., Milford, NY

Did you know that restoring your historic wood windows and adding storm windows makes them as energy efficient as new thermal pane windows? It also reduces waste, keeping the old windows out of landfills while preserving the historic character of your home. Come to this workshop for a hands-on demonstration of historic window sash repair, reglazing, and restoration, and learn how you can improve your energy efficiency. The workshop will be led by James Richardson, the founder and owner of Richardson Window Works in Cooperstown, NY. He started the company in 2016 to address property owners’ need for an alternative to replacing historic wood windows. James trained with Bagala Window Works in Portland, Maine and Alison Hardy, founder of Window Women of New England in Amesbury, Massachusetts, and is a member of the Window Preservation Alliance. In the last several years, Richardson Window Works has assisted more than 20 property owners in Otsego County and the Capital Region in repair, restoration, and weatherization of their original windows. Richardson holds a BFA with a concentration in sculpture from State University of New York at Albany. He has exhibited at the Cherry Valley Sculpture Trail and at the Cooperstown Art Association.

April 16, 5 – 7 pm: New York State Homeowner Historic Preservation Tax Credits

Location: The Major’s Inn, 12 Marion Avenue, Gilbertsville, NY

Otsego County is home to 15 Historic Districts, which encompass thousands of historic homes and storefronts potentially eligible for the New York State Historic Preservation Tax Credit program. The HTC program provides a 20% tax credit to homeowners for qualifying rehabilitation expenses, including energy efficiency improvements, roofs, heating, plumbing and electrical work, painting, plaster and masonry repair, etc. To qualify, homes must be listed in a historic district as contributing, and homeowners must apply for the credit before any work may begin. If you live in a historic district, come learn about the Homeowner Tax Credit program and how you might be able to take advantage of it. Students from the Cooperstown Graduate Program, along with Ellen Pope, executive director of Otsego 2000, will provide an overview of the tax credit program and answer questions.

May 2, 5 – 7 pm: One-on-One Technical Assistance with Tax Credit Applications

Location: The Empire House, 136 Marion Avenue, Gilbertsville, NY

Homeowners looking for technical assistance in completing the Historic Tax Credit application may make an appointment for one-on-one assistance offered by the Cooperstown Graduate Program students, Ellen Pope, and Dr. Cindy Falk, to be held at the Empire House in Gilbertsville. To make an appointment, homeowners can either attend the April 16 workshop to sign up, or call 607 547 8881.